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David Hickox

P: 630-542-6969      E: [email protected]

Summary of Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge in both PCB design and MPU/SBC programming
  • Experience in hardware design and assembly
  •  Skilled in C++, C, Python, Batch, and proficient in HTML and Java


The University of Illinois: Urbana Champaign 

Bachelor of Computer Engineering: Expected May 2021

Cumulative GPA: 3.58


Software Design Intern – John Deere Electronic Solutions – Fargo ND May 2018 – August 2018

  • Created and maintained hardware level drivers for 32 bit systems
  • Implemented features of several CAN protocols
  • Automated and virtualized functional testing

Extensive PCB Design from high power to modern high frequency systems

  • “Ardurito”, Dorito shaped miniaturized Arduino with on the fly level switching
  •  Lipo charge, balance, monitoring, and power distribution boards for SSS Power Management
  • Currently working on a AC motor driver for a 25 kW rocket turbo pump motor
  • Designed and in the process of selling a complete smart longboard system
  • Frequently board review for both SSS and Ilini Solar Car
  • Designed several dev boards around 2.4 ghz transmission

Built a FarmBot from early designs and the FarmBot white paper

  • Helped QA the company’s product
  • Adapted the original design to lower the cost buy 3D printing many of the parts instead of
    traditional injection molding and extrusion
  • Helped improve the final design for reliability and cost efficiency

Activities and Honors

  • UIUC IEEE Director of Projects 2018-Present
  • Illini Solar Car Board Designer 2018-Present
  • UIUC Student Space Systems (SSS) Power Management Director 2017-Present
  • Volunteer at Naperville Area Humane Society 2010-Present
  • Hack Illinois 2018 Grand Prize Winner 2018
  • Captain of repeat National qualifying Vex Robotics team 2014-2017
  • Illinois State Scholar 2017
  • State Bronze medalist in Skills USA Mobile Robotics 2016

Additional Skills

  • Experienced in 3D modeling, animation, and CAD
  • Capable RC and Drone designer and pilot.
  • Proficient in computer and machine automation
  • Amazing at solving any Rubik’s cube variation