Derek Zeng
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Embedded Systems
Professional experience with firmware development, UART/I2C/SPI, ARM Cortex-M4
Hearing Aiduino - BTLE-enabled audio transcriber made with an Arduino 101.
GDB debugging, Linux device drivers, Bash scripting, Ubuntu, Git
C, C++, Python, MATLAB, Assembly, Haskell, Tcl
Robotics Engineering Assistant Shenzhen, China
   May 2017 - Aug. 2017
Prototyped a two-legged, autonomous robot through simulation and hardware using C++, boost, and MATLAB.
Designed center of mass computations for robot utilizing feedback and force sensors using Eigen.
Simulated robot’s bipedal walk algorithm on MSC ADAMS with MATLAB & Simulink.
Improved stability of bipedal walking algorithm and increased speeds to 0.3m/s.
Soware Engineer (Systems Team) Waterloo, 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
Built a liquid microrobot and control module using an amplifier circuit with a high gain-bandwidth product, fast slew op-amp.
Debugged 3 issues on liquid microrobot and its PWM control module with oscilloscope in laboratory.
Currently directing design for a new solenoid-actuated microrobot controlled by an Atmel AVR MCU.
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.
Hearding 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 a 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.
Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Microrobot
     2016
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.
   2016
A voice controlled Reddit browser using the Amazon Echo which filters oensive content using linguistic and sentiment analysis.
Wrote the voice controlled interface for Amazon Alexa with Python3.5, flask-ask, and AWS Lambda.
Honors & Awards
 Best Idea Award   
 Best Hack against Online Harrasment   
 Scholarship      
 Scholarship    
University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario
      Sept. 2015 - PRESENT
     