David E. de Gaston


13484 Quivas St.             Westminster, CO 80234               303-452-1930       degaston@byu.edu

 

Objective

Full-time employment in the field of digital communications system design and digital signal processing with a special interest in the field of software-defined radios. 

 

Education

                  Brigham Young University  - August 2002

                  Master of Science, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

                  Thesis:  An FPGA-Based Simulation Platform for Aeronautical Telemetry

                  Digital Signal Processing & Communications Emphasis

                  Mathematics Minor                 GPA 3.77

 

Experience

                  Lucent Technologies – Bell Labs - May 2001 to Present

                  DSP Design Engineer – Global Communications Lab. 

Developed custom communications products based on GSM cellular networks and HDSL modems.  Created FPGA designs of a G.711 m-law / A-law voice compander and a GMSK modulator.  Constructed a complete HDSL demodulator within the Matlab simulation environment.  Implemented a multiple user Full Rate / Enhanced Full Rate vocoder for a GSM base station on the TMS320C5420 DSP.  Developed an adaptive position estimation algorithm for E-911 applications. 

 

                  BYU Telemetry Lab - January 1999 to May 2001

                  Research Assistant under Dr. Michael Rice. 

Modeled frequency selective fading in wideband aeronautical telemetry channels.  Developed Matlab scripts to automate post-processing of time-variant channel data.  Results published in International Telemetering Conference 1999, 2000.  

 

                  BYU Department of Electrical Engineering - Aug 1999 to Dec 2000

                  Teaching Assistant – EC EN 485 Analog & Digital Communications

Assisted the professor in teaching communication theory to classes.  Conducted recitation sessions, graded homework and administered laboratory simulation exercises.  Simulink modeling of various modulation formats including: AM, FM, FSK, BPSK, QPSK, QAM, etc.  Principles taught included: modulation theory, matched filtering, timing recovery, phase recovery, link budgets, and adaptive equalization. 

 

Computer Skills

Matlab, Simulink, Visual HDL, Mentor Graphics, ModelSim, Leonardo Spectrum, Xilinx Design Manager, TI Code Composer 2.0, National Instruments LabView.  Languages:  C, Assembly, Matlab and VHDL

 

Honors and Accomplishments

L.D.S. Missionary to Portugal and Cape Verde Islands, West Africa. 

BYU University Scholarship – 4 years

BYU College of Engineering and Technology – Dean’s List

Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout Award

U.S. Security Clearance – SSBI November 2002

 

Languages

English: Native language 

Portuguese: Fluent, having spent two years in Portugal and its possessions, 

augmented with further studies in advanced Portuguese language at BYU