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David Hickox

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

Summary of Qualifications

  • Programming- C, C++, C#, x86, Bash, Batch, Python, Ansible, Chef, Java,
    HTML, CSS, Node, JS, SQL, ARM, Git, Mercurial, SVN, Perforce
  • Lab equipment- Oscilloscopes, signal generators, soldering/reflow
  • 3D Part Design- Fusion 360, AutoCAD, Blender, OnShape, 3D printing
  • PCB Design- Altium, Diptrace, KiCad, EagleCAD, PSpice
  • Office Tools- NGINX, K8s, Docker, ESXi, Jira, Gitlab, Github, ELK Stack,
    pfSense, FreeNAS, Office, Agile, Trello, OpenProject
  • Digital IO Protocols- CAN (UDS, J1939), Quad-SPI, I2C, UART, JTAG


The University of Illinois: Urbana Champaign 

Bachelor of Computer Engineering, Minor in Business: Expected May 2021

Cumulative GPA: 3.48


Viasat – LinkWay Team – Embedded Software Intern | May 20 – Aug 20 | Carlsbad, CA

  • Created multi-platform, lightweight, multithreaded software management system
  • Created a configurable ELK Stack-based graphical status and data display user interface
  • Enabled new collaborative workflows by designing and deploying a package of internal tools

John Deere Electronic Solutions – JLG Department – Intern | May 19 – Aug 19 | Fargo, ND

  • Created automated HIL tests for several complete systems saving thousands of engineering hours
  • Created tools that allowed for easy human interface with custom proprietary CAN systems
  • Created a web service for teams throughout Deere to be able to identify their Open Source obligations

John Deere Electronic Solutions – AUTOSAR Department – Intern | May 18 – Aug 18 | Fargo, ND

  • Implemented I2C, CAN and several other protocols at the driver level for 32-bit Aurix TriCore MCUs
  • Designed and implemented hardware simulators allowing rapid inexpensive HIL test simulations
  • Maintained and updated internal tools for controller-human interaction and testing
  • Validated code compatibility with an entire family of new hardware controllers

UIUC ECE OpenLab – President (Present), Lab Monitor (1 Year) | Jan. 18 – Present | Urbana, IL

  • Manage and coordinate ~25 employees who monitor, maintain, and improve the lab
  • Handle project management, purchasing, maintenance, and new staff appointment
  • Increased employee efficiency by designing an automated lab resource management system
  • Ensure safety and accessibility for 1000+ users and staff in the lab

PSYONIC – Electrical Design and Manufacturing Engineer | Jan. 19 – May 19 | Champaign, IL

  • Designed and produced a multitude of miniaturized devices for prosthetic use
  • Tested and ensured the durability of electronics systems to create a worry-free user experience
  • Cut costs of manufacturing and testing during the early stages of development

THRUST – President (Present), Avionics Director (1 year), Project Manager (2 years) | Aug. 17 – Present | Urbana, IL

  • Founded a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to drive growth and financial viability
  • Redesigned rocket electronics system to use a standardized 32 bit automotive ARM processor
  • Built a 12 server K8s cluster for Gitlab CI/CD and HIL testing
  • Conducted training for PCB design, 3D modeling, Soldering, lab safety, etc.

Other Activities and Honors

  • Hosted 2020 UIUCTF Kernal Challange
  • Implemented multi-server home network web hosting
  • Hack Illinois 2018 Grand Prize winner
  • UIUC 2018 James Scholar and Dean s List student
  • UIUC IEEE President 2019
  • FarmBot Inc pre-Kickstarter intern
  • Nine years of electronics diagnostics and repair experience
  • Naperville Area Humane Society Volunteer

Additional Skills, Work Experience, Education Highlights, And References Are Available On Request!