atownley at eecs dot berkeley dot edu
last updated : August 2012
For my Master's thesis at Penn (2010-2011 academic year), I worked with the High Energy Physics group at Penn on the design and implementation of measurement and readout electronics for the Large Hadron Collider and related experiments. More specifically, I worked on a line-terminating low-noise preamplifier design for the liquid argon calorimeter that is part of the ATLAS experiment. The design is in fabrication in an IHP SiGe BiCMOS process.
Over the summer of 2010, I worked as a Summer Research Student at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. I worked on analog CMOS circuit design, focusing on amplifier design and simulation. I designed and completed layout of a test chip for noise and bandwidth measurements on fabricated circuits.
During the summer of 2009, I was a participant in the SUNFEST REU program at Penn. I worked in Dr. Gianluca Piazza's lab on a project in MEMS energy harvesting. I also continued my research in energy harvesting during the fall of 2009, and from my experiences recommended a design for an improved piezoelectric harvester structure.
Nokia Research Center; Berkeley, CA - Summer 2012
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD); Fort Collins, CO - Summer 2011
In spring 2011, I was a teaching assistant for ESE570, a graduate-level course on digital integrated circuits and VLSI. I was primarily responsible for instructing and advising students in the use of the Cadence Design Suite for course assignments and projects.
During the fall of 2010, I was the teaching assistant for an undergrad course on circuit level digital design (ESE370). As this was a new course at Penn, I assisted in the creation of homework assignments, projects, and exams, primarily by providing feedback and suggestions. In addition to grading homework assignments and projects for the course, I also gave a guest lecture on layout of digital circuits.
In the fall 2009 semester, I was a TA for the introductory circuits course at Penn, ESE 215. I shared responsibility with two other TAs for exam review sessions, weekly recitation lectures, grading, and answering students' questions in office hours.