Working languages:
German to English

Alan Frankel
skilled translator, experienced engineer

United States
Local time: 19:43 EDT (GMT-4)

Native in: English 
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I have worked for 18 years as a software engineer, earned academic degrees in chemistry (B.S., Yale, cum laude; M.S., Caltech), spent 18 months working in Germany, and translated since 1995. While I speak a variety of languages, I translate exclusively from German to English. My clients have been impressed with my intuitive feel for the flow of words as well as my ability to capture the content.

While working on a computed radiology user interface for Philips Medical Systems, I translated the minutes and correspondence from an associated group in Germany. During that time, I took weekend courses in translation. I then worked in Germany for a year and a half, communicating with my colleagues in spoken and written German. Later, I worked on issues related to speech recognition in a variety of languages in the International Department at Dragon Systems, then Dictaphone and Nuance, where I dealt mostly with medical dictation. Over the years, I have translated/edited technical documents for a number of agencies. Most recently, I have translated/edited the following:

- 77 patent abstracts for inventions throughout a variety of engineering fields
- test specifications for a packager
- test specifications for two automobile manufacturers
- user manual for an automatic screw system

- lab results
- physician notes
- procedure descriptions

- consent forms for participation in a medication study
- description of a drug discovery process for the lay reader

- chemical textbook on catalysis (in progress)
- thesis on a mathematical model of anaerobic fermentation

- contract for a project involving two software companies
- user interface, documentation, and promotional material for a software utility package
- documentation for a financial software package
- user manual, promotional material, and website content for a music composition software package

I am fully certified in the use of SDL Trados and own a licensed copy. I have also used OmegaT, SDL Idiom, SDL Passolo, and Wordfast for assignments, and have experimented with STAR Transit.
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Total pts earned: 12
PRO-level pts: 8

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German to English8
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Engineering (general)4
Computers (general)4

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Keywords: technical, software, engineering, software engineering, information technology, chemistry, user interface, user interfaces, patent, patents, translation, translator, internationalization, localization, German, English, deutsch, englisch

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Nov 29, 2013

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