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Curriculum Vitae

 Nikolaus Zen Prusinski

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3687 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Saint Francis, WI 53235 | (414)-727-0866 | http://nzp.guru/ | nik@nzp.guru




University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.

Bachelor of Science, Physics - Astronomy Emphasis, 2016 - 2020 est.

Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, 2016 - 2020 est.

Full time University Student since Fall 2016 (age 15) pursuing Astrophysics, Mathematics and Music. Dean's Honor List 5/6 semesters, averaging 17-21 credits per semester. Current GPA: 3.928. Expected Graduation May 2020.  Astronomy (Link) since 2015 (age 14) Extracurricular activities include Aviation (Student Pilot), Sailing (Helm), and the CGCA (gravity wave research), (Transcript) .


College Board (ACT)

AP Scholar - 2015 - (Age 14). Based on scores in AP Classes: Computer Science A, U.S. History, Spanish Language & Culture.


Saint Francis High School, Saint Francis, WI.

Finished High School campus work in two years (ages 13 - 15) 2014 to 2016. - Diploma Confered June, 2018, Valedictorian - Egregia Cum Laude.

Emphasis in Science, Math, Robotics & Music at the Honors/AP level. Gifted and Talented Program, Board Sponsored Youth Options started College at age 15 (2016) at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  First in class rank with 4.548 GPA. (Transcript)


Deer Creek Intermediate School, Saint Francis, WI.

General Curriculum- IQ Tested, Added to Gifted and Talented Program - 2013 MENSA International invitation subsequent to above – skipped 8th Grade.

pgm certUniversity of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (Online – Ed to Go)

Certificate of Completion - 2013

Introduction to Programming (Professor Richard Blum) in JustBasic Language, editing graphical interfaces.


Grants, AWARDS & Scholarships

UWM Physics Department; James M. Martin Memorial Scholarship  - 2019, 2020

William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Participant - 2017, 2018

Member UWM Honors College (age 16) since Novemeber 21, 2017  

junior Honor Court, Saint Francis High School June, 2017, Valedictorian.


FIRST AwardHigh Honor Roll – First in Class 4.372 GPA - 2013 – Date

National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence Nomination - 2016

C.U.P.s Pl Grant - Achieved by Dr. Seo & Mr. Graven (STEM Team). - 2012 - 2013

FIRST FTC Inspire Award - for Robotic Programming & Sensor Integration - 2015

USFIRST Certificate of Appreciation - for Inspiring Youth STEM 20112013




Saint Francis High School 2014 - 2017

Tutor in RobotC, JAVA and C++, Python Programming Languages, Math and Music; individually and small groups.


Deer Creek Intermediate School

Lecturer – RobotC Programing Movement & Sensor Integration (FTC) - 2013 - 2014

Developed Syllabus and Course Material (PPS & MPG/AVI multimedia).

Instructor – FIRST FLL Mindstorms2 Programming 4th – 8th Graders - 2013

Developed Course(s) with 8th Grade Science Teacher (Mr. Peter Graven), Presented during school year and summer programs.

Demonstrator/Instructor – Zen42 Tetrix Sensor Robot - 2012 - 2015

Design, Build, Program and Present robots at Public Shows/Displays, Public Library Demonstrations, G. E. Campus, Waukesha, Wisconsin for Scouts and general public. Saint Francis Middle and High School, East Troy High School. Search “Zen42” on YouTube for examples.



Star Formation and Galactic Outflows in the Early Universe - Prof. Dawn Erb, UWM CGCA, SURF - Summer 2017 - Date

Pulsar Candidate Rating through the ARCC (Arecibo Remote Command Center) Group at UWM - Prof. Kaplan - 2016 - 2017


UWM – Hand Rehabilitation Lab

Design, Build & Programming Special Collaborator - 20122014

Created “Towerbot” Digital Filament Stimulator integral to Stroke Patient nerve regeneration. Worked with Dr. Na Jin Seo’s team, including Dr. Pilwon Hur, Dr. Greg Slota and Kishor Lakshminarayanan, Ph. D. Student, over two years as needed.  ( 112415 Acknowledgement )



U. S. Patent and Trademark Office

Co-Applicant Provisional & Utility Patent - 19982015

Design, Research and Field Test Face Protection device for bicyclists. Co-developed and formed online global retail sales of same (http://gbnpro.com/ ) as result of work.


Computer Repair & Build Service

Build & Repair Computer’s - 20102015

PC, Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS & Android repairs and upgrades, hardware, software and new builds. Antivirus cleanups, small network repairs, wired and WiFi functional. Most software work done remotely using TeamViewer and Skype.



PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, Video and Internet

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 2015 - Date

Manfred Olson Planetarium - Stargazing Group Leader

Planetarium Website Cover Piece - November 8th, 2016

Planetarium Website Publication Detail - November 8th, 2016

Research Demonstration with CCD Camera Measuring Linearity, Read Noise, and Gain (Paper) (Python Code)- July 10th, 2017

Present live shows to general audiences on constellations (and associated mythology), current astronomy news, and specific astronomical topics (e.g. black holes, birth of the universe, etc.). As lead stargazer, improved UWM observatory to feature a 14" reflecting telescope on a permanent computerized mount with astrophotography capabilities using a CCD camera. Now the planetarium holds weekly stargazing events (weather permitting) allowing visitors to see a variety of objects.



Provisional Patent Application USPTO (above)

Co-developed graphics, claims and abstract work with Patent Attorney. - 2008 - 2009

Website: http://nzp.guru/

Create, design, produce, and publish text and video on to private/public servers, Facebook, and YouTube. Publish to share programming privately and for High School Programming Classes. Also used to share recreational interests with friends/public to keep HTML/CSS web functional. Use WebExpression Web4, Ipswitch 12 on Mac Pro iOS, Linux (Zorin Distro) and Windows 7 – 10 systems. - 2008 - 2015


Website: pdf/niksoldsite.pdf 

First personal website design and program using Microsoft’s WebExpression Web 3 for editing and Ipswitch 10 for FTP transfers on private server, Built first PC clone to augment Website work and HTML/CSS Programming development.    2007




English – Native Language with College (AP) Level Competence.

Spanish – Read, Speak and Write at College (AP) Level Competence.


MEMBERSHIPS, Interests & Volunteering

UWM Planetarium Lead Stargazer - CBS Chan58 News Interview ( link, local ) - 2017

Milwaukee Community/UWM Chancellor Recognition - 2017

UWM Honors College since Novemeber 21, 2017  

UWM Astroclub - 2015 - Date

UWM Planetarium Stargazing Lead Volunteer. - 2015 - Date

UWM Center for Gravitation Cosmology and Astrophysics (CGCA) (Scholarships) 2016 - Date

FAA Private Pilot – Single & Multi-Engine Fixed Wing Aircraft (Certification , Medical, and solo ). - 2010 - Date

Milwaukee County Park/Golf courses - Junior Golfer 17 handicap - 2013 - Date

Great Lakes Sailor – Helm, Nav & Sheet Masthead Sloop “Paprika”. - 2010 - Date

Musician (Orchestra Student) - Trumpet, French Horn & Piano - 2008 - Date

Horn Participant; UWM Horn Choir, UWM Symphony Band, UWM University Community Orchestra, Milwaukee Municipal Orchestra - 2016 - Date

Lighthouse Activities Crew – SFHS Snack Food Preparation and Service. - 2015 - 2016.

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care – Summer Help - support for all ages. - 2012               

Recommendations and Releases

Open Minor Research/Academic Release

Ms. Melissa Mills (2017) - Academic/Community Reference SFHS English Dept.

Dr. Jean Creighton (4/2017, 11/2017, 01/2018 ) - Academic/Community Reference - Director, UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium

Ms. Jill Savick (10/2015, 11/2017) - Academic Reference - SFHS Guidence Counselor

Dr. Sowmya Desai (10/2015)  - Academic Reference - SFHS Science Dept.

Positions of Interest with Requirements as goals (downloadable PDF's)

N900UAstrophysicist | Astrophysics Ast. Prof. |  Astronaut (pdf)  |  Airline Pilot | Decent Human | SpaceXpilot | Dr. Leo Stein | Stargazing2017





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