AbigailAbigail Francis is a second year undergraduate student at the University of Arizona from Fort Worth, Texas, pursuing a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In the past she has worked in programming languages C and C++ as well as verilog hardware definition language. She is currently working on a hardware and software design project as part of an independent study/internship at Marcus Engineering. At the U of A she has enjoyed participating in programs such as the Society for Women in Engineering, an outreach program for special needs children in the Tucson community, as well as working as a lab assistant for Electrical and Computer Engineering department. After completing her undergraduate degree, she intends to attend graduate school for a degree in Biomedical Engineering.
Chas Leichner, a native of Arizona and a UofA graduate, was an Embedded Systems engineer at Marcus Engineering. He has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona. While at UofA, Chas was heavily involved with community outreach and technical education, helping run the IEEE room, assisting the Women in Computer Science, and serving as president of the Association of Computing Machinery. He is interested in the interplay between technology and art, as well as the many ways technology is integrated into daily life. In his spare time, Chas enjoys digital photography, powerlifting, bicycling, and mathematics.
Chas has experience working with digital logic and FPGAs; a variety of processor architectures including PIC, AVR, MIPS, x86 and ARM; embedded Linux; robotics; and numerical modeling and optimization. Chas is familiar with distributed systems, database design and development, and Unix system administration. His consumer software development experience includes user interface design, web app development, and Android and iOS app development. He has studied programming language theory and is proficient in Python, C, Haskell and C++. He is familiar with software testing techniques and has experience building tools that interact with programming language source code and execution environments.
Chas is now an employee at Google Inc. working on some of Google’s most cutting edge embedded systems platforms.
Joshua Sloane was an intern at Marcus Engineering. He was a high school senior at Sonoran Science Academy. He contributed to various programming projects as well as circuit board assembly and testing. He now attends MIT majoring in electrical and computer engineering in order to improve his skills in these areas and hopes to continue working on them in the future.
Tam Nguyen was an intern at Marcus Engineering. She graduated from Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona May 2014. At Marcus Engineering, helped with circuit assembly, cable manufacturing and marketing related tasks. She has developed Matlab, VBA and Microsoft Access experience through her education and internship experience. She was a University of Arizona, Engineer Ambassador where she shared the college experience with prospective students. Tam was a founding member of Robogals, a global outreach program and is a promoter of STEM programs through the Girl Scouts of USA.
Update from Tam Jan 2015: “It’s been awhile and much has changed. I now work for Roche and am located in Dubai. I work in the management center for Roche supporting all 20 countries. I am a field service engineer conducting trainings and supporting engineers in troubleshooting for the 20 countries. I work on 2/14 Roche lines: Ventana and cobas blood gas analyzes. The change has been amazing. I am learning so much and my BME degree has never been better applied. The BME classes help me understand medical value of the diagnostic equipment and I learn technical aspects of the instruments on the job. Of course engineering ambassadors gave me confidence to conduct trainings!
I got on LinkedIn and thought about my time with you and can’t thank you enough for supporting me in college. You’ve helped made my dreams a reality.”