David Flicker

Hacking on robots, PCBs, microcontrollers and control theory


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David Flicker



California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA

June 2015

Pursuing B.S. Computer Science

Overall GPA: 3.9

Relevant Coursework: Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Intro. to Control Theory, Embedded Systems, Computer Systems, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Discrete Math, Complex Analysis

Work Experience

Hydroid, AUV market leader

June 2013 - August 2013

Software Engineer Intern

Developed build automation process

Integrated ability for vehicle to autonomously dock to underwater cable

Windows MFC, ZeroMQ, C++, and underwater acoustics

University of California, San Diego, Vinetz Group

June 2010 - September 2012

Research Associate

Independently developed new, malaria transmission-blocking drug

Computational docking, python scripting, and fluorometric assays

Technical Projects

Caltech Robotics Team

September 2012 - Present

Designing an autonomous submarine for AUVSI/ONR RoboSub competition

Electronics Lead / Project Manager

Designed motor controls and sensor interface PCBs

Spearheading the sponsorship and outreach activities of the team

Working to raise $40,000 in monetary and in-kind donations

Caltech Rover Team, won 2nd place and $4,000

October 2011 - May 2012

Designed a remotely tele-operated rover for the NIA/NASA RASC-AL competition

Lead Electrical Engineer

Designed the power system including batteries, routing, and voltage regulation

Custom-built a servo control board and 5 V power/signal distribution board

San Diego City Robotics, placed 15th/34 in 2011

August 2009 - August 2011

Designed an autonomous submarine for AUVSI/ONR RoboSub competition

Senior Member

Helped faculty mentor develop a passive SONAR analysis circuit

Compiled the entire vehicle's documentation

Programming Tools


Linux and Windows

Languages/Tools (apprentice and higher):

Python, MATLAB, bash, Haskell, Scheme, LaTeX, C/C++, x86 assembly, surface-mount soldering, electronic test equipment, and Altium


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Summer 2012

High School Valedictorian

National Merit Scholarship Winner

Presidential Scholar Candidate

Activities and Hobbies

Member of NCAA Div. III Caltech Swim Team