Frank Maker III
9130 Nolan Street, Apt 254
Elk Grove,CA 95758
(847) 651-8496
frank.maker at gmail dot com
Low power mobile embedded systems using low-level software and energy harvesting circuits.
University of California, Davis
9/2007 - Present
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Major: Embedded Systems and Software
Minor: Circuits
Advisors: Dr. Rajeevan Amirtharajah and Dr. Venkatesh Akella
Anticipated Graduation Date: 9/2011
University of Rhode Island: International Engineering Program
9/2000 - 5/2005
B.S. in Computer Engineering
B.A. in German
Minor in Physics
Summa Cum Laude
Technische Universität Braunschweig: Exchange Student
10/2003 - 2/2004
University of California, Davis - Davis, California
Micropower Circuits and Systems Group
9/2007 - Present
Graduate Student Researcher: Researching innovative solutions for scalable power operation on cell
phones using energy harvesters and low-power software strategies. Research tasks include: Google
Android operating system and application programming, Nokia S60 application development, solar
panel DC-DC digital power supply circuit design and configuration optimization using temperature
Department of Computer Science
3/2009 - 6/2009
Teaching Assistant, Software Engineering: Provided instruction and support for undergraduate
students on the Google Android mobile platform.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
9/2007 - 6/2008
Teaching Assistant, Micromouse: Supporting students in upper division embedded systems design
course to create a "Micromouse" for the IEEE Micromouse competition. Micromouse is a miniature
robot controlled by a microcontroller which autonomously finds its way through an arbitrary maze.
Motorola Automotive / Continental Automotive Systems - Deer Park, Illinois
Powertrain, Chassis and Systems Group - Powertrain Division
6/2005 - 6/2007
Developed boot code, test software and high level drivers for hybrid electric and internal combustion
powertrain platforms to meet customer specifications.
Powertrain, Chassis and Systems Group - Transmission Division
6/2006 - 10/2006
Developed high level drivers for Copperhead (Freescale MPC5554) based transmission software
platform for use with future platforms.
Motorola Automotive Engineering Rotation Program
6/2005 - 6/2006
Completed three rotations in various business units within Motorola Automotive covering all stages
of automotive electronic component development.
3rd Rotation: Amerigon Interiors
2/2005 - 6/2005
Created a dSpace based automated test system using Control Desk and Automation Desk for em-
bedded software validation. Compared various hardware architectures for new product prototypes.
2nd Rotation: Product Reliability
10/2005 - 2/2005
Worked as a reliability engineer ensuring timely execution of design and product validation test
plans. Created reliability reports to communicate and document the testing process.
1st Rotation: Honda Powertrain Team
6/2005 - 10/2005
Developed low level drivers for the 2008 Honda Accord powertrain platform and factory test code.
BMW M - Munich, Germany
2/2004 - 9/2004
Intern, Motor Integration and Development: Supported Engine Control Unit Team for M3/M5/M6.
Completed testing and analysis of engine control units (ECUs).
BMW Manufacturing Corporation - Spartanburg, South Carolina
6/2003 - 8/2003
Intern, Product Engineering - Body / Powertrain Engineering: Completed troubleshooting of issues
relating to body and powertrain parts, recommending design and process changes
BMW Manufacturing Corporation - Spartanburg, South Carolina
6/2002 - 8/2002
Intern, Procurement: Created a database driven report for rejection analysis of assembly lines and
interface for external quality assurance logistics.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE Computer Society
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Eta Kappa Nu (National Elect/Comp. Eng Honor Society)
Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)
US Department of Education GAANN Fellowship, 2008
UC Davis Block Grant Fellowship, 2008
Continental BRAVO! Award for above and beyond performance contributions, 2007
Motorola BRAVO! Award for start of dSPACE software automation test systems,2006
Motorola BRAVO! Award for above and beyond performance contributions, 2005
EDU.DE Undergraduate Award from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), 2003
University of Rhode Island Centennial Scholarship (Full tuition academic scholarship), 2000
GTech Gscholar Scholarship, 2000
Git, Subversion, Eclipse, EAGLE, Rational Clearcase & Clearquest, Lauterbach TRACE32,
Xilinx, Vector CANape, HSpice, Matlab & Simulink, dSpace ControlDesk & AutomationDesk
and DOORS.
Computer Languages
Python, C/C++, Java, Perl, Assembly, Verilog, VHDL and nesC
Embedded Platforms
Android, Symbian S60, TinyOS, Linux, ARM, TI MSP430, Freescale MPC55XX Series, Freescale
MPC5XX, Coldfire (MCF5208), HCS12 and ATMEL AVR
English (Native) and German (Fluent)

Contact information

Frank Maker
University of California, Davis
Graduate Student Researcher
flmaker at ucdavis dot edu