Derek Zeng
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Embedded Systems
Professional experience with firmware development, ARM architecture, Linux device drivers, FreeRTOS
Hardware Projects
Liquid microrobot controlled by Atmel MCU, Hearing Aiduino - BTLE-enabled audio transcriber
Soware Development
Familiarity with Unix-based systems, Operating systems, Git, SVN, and debugging with GDB
C, C++ (Boost & STL), Python, MATLAB, Assembly, Haskell
Soware Architecture Intern Santa Clara, California
  April 2018 - August 2018
Worked on Project Denver, implementing low-level soware of the ARMv8-A microarchitecture in C.
Architected the soware design for performance monitoring on SoCs based on ARMv8-A architectural specification.
Debugged performance issues on SoCs using GDB.
Robotics Engineering Assistant Shenzhen, China
   May 2017 - Aug. 2017
Prototyped a two-legged, autonomous robot through simulation and hardware using C++, boost, ROS, and MATLAB.
Designed center of mass computations for robot utilizing feedback and force sensors using Eigen and ROS.
Simulated robot’s bipedal walk algorithm on MSC ADAMS with MATLAB & Simulink.
Soware Engineer (Systems Team) Toronto, Ontario
   Sept. 2016 - Dec. 2016
Implemented writing and erasing flash memory functionality for chipsets through UART in C.
Developed Linux device driver and firmware logs for 802.11ad compliant wireless modules.
Optimized time for firmware load by 85% using the Kermit protocol for cross-platform file transfer.
Lead Electrical Engineer Waterloo, Ontario
     Sept. 2015 - PRESENT
Currently directing design for a new solenoid-actuated microrobot controlled by an Atmel AVR MCU.
Built a liquid microrobot and control module using an amplifier circuit with a high gain-bandwidth product, fast slew op-amp.
Hardware Design Intern Shanghai, China
      July. 2015 - Sept. 2015
Designed PCB of thermoelectric cooler within in a pump laser using Altium Designer.
Produced a working prototype of PCB cooling module that demonstrated enhanced cooling on soldering stations.
Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Microrobot
     2018
A liquid microrobot actuated by piezoelectric vibrations.
Designed and tested the electronic control system for the piezoelectric actuators in Dr. Saad’s lab.
Synthesized requirements for the electronic circuit (40Vpp, low noise, > 18MHz) by studying the literature.
Hearing Aiduino
   2017
Hearing Aiduino is an IoT hearing aid that transcribes speech by wirelessly transmitting audio to the Google Cloud Platform.
Audio data is collected by a sound amplifier circuit then wirelessly transmitted by an ESP8266 to a backend Node.JS program for transcription.
Individually completed both hardware and soware components for competition, winning the best hackathon idea award.
Honors & Awards
 2nd overall at Mobile Microrobotics Challenge     
 Best Idea Award   
 Best Hack against Online Harassment   
 Scholarship      
 Scholarship    
University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario
      Sept. 2015 - PRESENT
     