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Resume | Brian Schiffer

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Creative engineer who thrives upon and quickly masters new challenges.
Self-motivated professional who loves rapid prototyping while keeping the end application in mind.


Familiarity with BLE, ARM, ATMEL, MSP430, and ALTERA.
Circuit design, PCB design, fine-pitch soldering, and electrical test equipment.
C, MATLAB, C#, Python, Verilog, Assembly, Java, SQL, HTML, PHP, CSS, and JQuery.


Cornell University, College of Engineering, Ithaca, NY
Bachelors of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2012
Kessler Fellowship: awarded yearly to select engineers pursuing entrepreneurial interests.

Professional Experience

Quanttus Inc., Cambridge, MA


Sr. Systems Engineer

  • First employee brought on by the cofounders to accelerate electrical prototyping.
  • Developed firmware and electrical system of a wearable sensor platform through rapid iteration of my original designs, enabling data collection for monitoring of cardiovascular health.
  • Led the design of the photoplethysmograph sensor, achieving minimal power consumption while maximizing signal quality.
  • Collaborated with the algorithms and product development teams to identify device designs that maximize signal quality while reducing manufacturing complexity.
  • Developed a continuous calibration routine to consistently achieve high signal quality on a diverse user base in a variety of environments.
  • Modified device firmware to enable live streaming over BLE of all the device‚Äôs sensors.
  • Developed R&D prototypes, including a finger-tip sized device that measures heart rate using an accelerometer, and a weigh-scale that measures heart rate using load cells.

Zeo Inc., Newton, MA


Research & Development Engineer

  • Developed algorithms that extracted heart rate and respiration from a piezoelectric sensor.
  • Evaluated potential partner companies’ technology and sensors.

CES Exhibitor

  • Developed a sleep-lab booth that displayed attendees’ brainwaves and sleep stages, live.
  • Built in automatic upload of the data to a website for attendees to view later.

Advanced Development Consultant

  • Conducted initial technological and consumer research for non-contact sleep staging.
  • Initiated and developed relationships with potential partnership companies.
  • Developed proof-of-concept sleep staging algorithms that used heart rate and respiration.

Software and Firmware Intern

  • Created firmware enabling access to live raw data, including brainwaves and sleep stages.
  • Developed and documented a Python library to facilitate access to the raw data output.

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Electrical Engineer: AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) team

  • Head of the mechatronics sub-team.
  • Team placed first in 2010 at the AUVSI RoboSub competition.
  • Developed actuator and servo control board and accompanying firmware.
  • Participated in numerous design reviews that enhanced quality of team designs.
  • Mentored new team members in developing schematics and circuit boards.