Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
M.S. in Computer Science 2016 – present
University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
M.S. in Electrical Engineering with Honors 2006 – 2008
Thesis: “Determination of Glacial-Ice Temperature Profiles using Radar and an Antenna-Gain Estimation Technique”
UCSD Extension San Diego, CA
Fundamentals of Digital Communication for Wireless Systems 2012
RF System Design for Wireless Communications 2011
Embedded Linux, Data Mining I 2010
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
B.S. in Chemical Engineering 1998 – 2003
Obalon Therapeutics: Senior Software Engineer Carlsbad, CA
Medical device firmware development (C, pic, ARM CM4) 2/2017 – Present
Unit-testing with Ceedling (Unity, Cmock)
C# application development
Use of GIT and Jira.
Quantum Design: Software/Firmware Engineer San Diego, CA
ARM processor Firmware development (C/C++, RTOS) 9/2015 – 2/2017
Matlab/Python data analysis
analog/digital hardware analysis
CanOpen, Modbus RTU
C# application development (GUI, CAN)
NKI Engineering: Electrical/Software Engineer San Diego, CA
Android application development (Java, XML, USB) 6/2015 – 9/2015
Beaglebone Black platform
Government hardware/software security application development
Qualcomm: Senior RF Software Engineer San Diego, CA
Implementation of new GSM RF Calibration Algorithm in C++ 8/2012 – 6/2015
Testing and bring-up of new mobile RF modem cards.
Development of RF calibration software in C++
Developed automation tools in Perl and Python
SPAWAR Systems Center: Electronics Engineer [SECRET Clearance] San Diego, CA
Advanced Research Group 1/2009 – 8/2012
Design, fabrication, and testing of software defined underwater acoustic modem
Embedded systems design - C-programming, digital/analog hardware development, FPGA
Embedded web server development (HTML, CSS)
Developed high-voltage SMPS, ultra-sonic power amplifier, duplexer, and more for underwater acoustic modem.
Autonomous Distributed Networked Systems
C embedded digital signal processing (DSP) with dsPIC DSC
DSP and detection algorithms for ocean-based magnetometer data
Encryption system design for unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) application
Embedded Linux development.
Created 3D viewing software for micro-bathymetry sonar data.
Automated Imagery Analysis
C++ software development
Developed and implemented automated ship-detection algorithms for SAR imagery
Patents granted on developed algorithm
Image processing and machine vision
Adjunct Professor: San Diego City College San Diego, CA
Lecturer for electronic-circuits course 8/24/2009 - 1/1/2010
Topics included DC/AC analysis, transient analysis, frequency response,
magnetic circuits and transformers, 3-phase power distribution systems
Graduate Research Assistant: Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets Lawrence, KS
Collaborated with UAV radar team (RF/Digital Hardware, DSP, CAD) 5/2007 – 12/2008
Developed software to determine glacial-ice temperature from radar returns
Published and presented work related to thesis
Remote sensing field experience in Greenland involving radar, antenna arrays, and signal processing
Supplemental Instructor: Engineering Electromagnetics Lawrence, KS
Lectured University of Kansas students on electromagnetics 9/2008 – 12/2008
Graduate Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Computers in Engineering Lawrence, KS
Lectured on solving engineering problems using Visual Basic, Excel, and Mathcad 1/2007 – 5/2007
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company: Process Engineer/Chemist Albany, GA
Lean Employee of the Month 1/2004 – 1/2006
Six sigma/statistical process control 8/1999 – 8/2000
VB programming, Banbury mixer cycle controls, Data acquisition
First engineer to reduce non-uniform batch percentage below target (< 0.5% of produced batches)
Created data acquisition improvements, allowing management and operators to easily access relevant data
Successfully implemented formula change creating savings of $350,000/year
Schlumberger Oil Field Services: Field Engineer, Well Production Services Vung Tau, Vietnam
Hydraulic Fracturing Team 5/2003 – 11/2003
Equipment Maintenance (pumps, mixers), laboratory work (polymer/ water quality evaluation)
Air Quality Research: GA Tech Environmental Engineering Department Atlanta, GA
Created VB programs that acquired and correlated massive amounts 6/2002 – 3/2003
of criteria pollutant and meteorological data for an epidemiological study
Python Fundamentals Perl for Programmers Intensive C++ C++ STL GSM Air Interface Secure Coding
Relevant Coursera Courses
tools Object-Oriented Programming in Java
Linux Windows Android Eclipse Android Studio Visual Studio MPLAB KEIL Altium Designer Spice
Cadsoft Eagle OpenCV SVN/GIT Ansoft HFSS Agilent ADS
PIC MCU PCB Design Total-field magnetometers Antenna Design Test Equipment
Power amplifier design Low-noise receiver design Synthetic aperture radar 3D micro-bathymetry sonar
Switching power supplies SAW filters Piezoelectric transducers Li-Ion batteries Infineon ARM
LED Drivers Arduino Beaglebone Raspberry Pi
Other Technical Skills
RF DSP Image Processing Electromagnetics Embedded Systems
FE/EIT (April 2007)
Michael Hughes, Sudarsan Krishnan, “A Novel Technique for Rapidly Calibrating GSM Devices,” QTech 2014
John Stastny, Michael Hughes, Dan Garcia, Bryan Bagnall, and Keith Pifko, “A Novel Adaptive Synthetic Aperture Radar
Ship Detection System,” IEEE/MTS Oceans Conference 2011
Michael Hughes and Mihajlo Tomic, "Implementation Considerations for a Wireless Undersea Magnetometer Network,"
Michael Hughes and Mihajlo Tomic, “Geomagnetic Noise Analysis and Suppression from Next Generation
Autonomous Sensors 2009 Sea Trials,” IEEE MTS/Oceans 2010
Paul Gendron, Mihajlo Tomic, David Edelblute, and Michael Hughes, “Magnetic Tracking Performance Analysis of Surface
Vessels from Sparse Configurations of Total Field Sensors,” Journal of Underwater Acoustics, 2010
Paul Gendron, Mihajlo Tomic, David Edelblute, and Michael Hughes, “Performance Bounds of Joint Magnetic-Dipole
Moment and Track Estimation from Total-Field Sensors,” TTCP TP9 Conference Preceding, 2009
Michael Hughes and K.R. Demarest, “Calculating Far-Field Patterns of Antennas Positioned on Glacial Ice,” International
Geoscience and Remote-Sensing Symposium, 2008
Development of an Acoustic Modem for the Rapid Prototyping of Advanced ACOMMS Algorithms, FY12 In-House
Advanced Technology Transition Proposal, SSC Pacific (Funded)
Real-Time Embedded Mine Detection and Classification from Sonar Images, FY11 In-House Independent
Advanced Research Proposal, SSC Pacific
GSM/EDGE Tx Power Calibration and Characterized DPD Calibration using Multi-Band Multi-Channel Multi-Chain Sweep,
Adaptive Automated Synthetic Aperture Radar Ship Detection System with False Alarm Mitigation, 2010 (Granted)
Network Clock Synchronization using Total-Field Magnetometers and the Spatial Coherence of the Earth’s Geomagnetic
Field in the ULF Band, 2010 (Granted)
Adaptive Automated High-Resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar Ship Detection Algorithm with False Alarm Mitigation, 2010
“GSM RF Calibration,” Qualcomm Presentation, Qualcomm, San Diego, CA, 4/21/2013
“Implementation Considerations for a Wireless Underwater Magnetometer Network,” Marelec 2011, San Diego, CA,
“ Geomagnetic Noise Analysis and Suppression from Next Generation Autonomous Systems 2009 Sea Trials,” MTS/IEEE
Oceans 2010, Seattle, WA, 9/22/2010
“Survivable Undersea Sensors,” Maritime Sensing Discovery and Invention Review, Newport, RI, 8/10/2010
“Real-Time Embedded Mine Detection and Classification from Sonar Images,” SSC Pacific, San Diego, CA 6/25/2010
“Magnetic-Tracking Performance Analysis,” Point Loma Public Library, San Diego, CA, 8/31/2009
“Writing Faster Matlab Code,” SSC Pacific, San Diego, CA, 6/11/2009.
“Magnetic-Tracking Performance Analysis,” SPAWAR Systems Center Tech Board, UCSD Calit2, San Diego, CA, 6/2/2009.
“Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Automated Ship Detection,” SSC Pacific, San Diego, CA, 4/16/2009.
“Determination of Glacial Ice Temperature Profiles using Radar and an Antenna Gain Estimation Technique,” M.S. Thesis
Defense, University of Kansas, 12/5/2008.
“Calculating Far-Field Patterns of Antennas Positioned on Glacial Ice,” International Geoscience and Remote-Sensing
“Surface Acoustic Wave Filters: Background and Implementation,” KU Student-Faculty Presentation, University of Kansas,
Lawrence, KS, 6/1/2008.
“Estimate of Far-Field Antenna Patterns in Ice,” KU Student-Faculty Presentation, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS,
List of Awards & Honors
Qualcomm Qualstar Award
- 2014 (2 times)
SPAWAR Systems Center Publication Award
SPAWAR Systems Center Patent Award
- 2011 (3 times)
Graduated from M.S. Program with Honors
- December 2008
Eta Kappa Nu Member (Electrical Engineering Honor Society)
- Held officer position in graduate school
Lean Employee of the Month at Cooper Tire
- Received award for my success at reducing the non-conforming rubber batch count
Dean’s List at the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Fall 1998, Winter 1999, Spring 1999, Spring 2001, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002
Faculty Honors at the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Winter 1999
HOPE Scholarship Recipient
- Received the scholarship during every semester at GA Tech
Affiliations & Activities
Affiliations: National Space Society, Guitar Foundation of America, Eta Kappa Nu
Activities: programming, electronics, science, volunteer work, classical/flamenco guitar, surfing,
fitness, outdoors, sailing, cycling, electric bicycles
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