Derek Carson


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Master of Science in Computer Engineering GPA 4.0/4.0 June 2011

Relevant Coursework: Low Power VLSI Design, Computer Architecture, Compiler Theory, Algorithms, Operating Systems
Honor Society: HKN
Scholarship: University Graduate Scholarship

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering GPA 3.73/4.00 June 2011

Relevant Coursework: VLSI Design, VLSI Design Automation, VLSI Test/Validation, Computer Organization, VHDL Digital Design, Micro-fabrication of Semiconductor Devices
Honor Societies: HKN, Alpha Lambda Delta, University Honors Association
Scholarships: Cincinnatus University Award, Frank B. Kroeger Scholarship


Advanced Micro Devices Sept. 2007-Present

Circuit Methodology Engineer Co-op, Physical Design Engineer Co-op (5 quarters)

    Update cell characterization for standard cell library, improving robustness and working in conjunction with timing/power/design teams.

  • Evaluate risk involved in transition of design to future silicon process nodes
  • Perform digital circuit design, layout, and logic equivalency comparison of sections of floating point unit.
  • Effectively communicate with cross site teams and different design groups
  • Utilize automation tools and design scripts, improving efficiency in updates.
  • Adapt quickly to new design environments and rapidly changing tools.

Alcon Tool Company June 2007-Sept. 2007

Engineering Department Assistant/Factory Worker

  • Exercise the skill of working on many tasks in parallel
  • Learn machining process, and find new methods to speed up production.


President(final Position): Clifton Community Cleanup (2007-2010)

  • Organize monthly cleanup events with an average of 30-40 volunteers.
  • Oversee the preparation, marketing, and execution of these events.

Corresponding Secretary: Eta Kappa Nu (2010-2011)

  • Conduct all correspondence with HKN headquarters.

Member: UC Engineering Tribunal, IEEE, University Honors Association


Experience: C++, Perl, VHDL, Verilog, UNIX, PHP, Java, Python
Silicon Industry Design Tools: Cadence, Synopsis, SPICE, IRSIM
Extensive knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, Word (and Equivalents).