Aaron S. Kaluszka

E-mail: megabyte(-at-)berkeley.edu
Website: http://kaluszka.com/


Ph.D. candidate, Bioengineering (Neural Systems Analysis); University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco, completion expected 2013;
Master of Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, 2007;
Management of Technology Certificate, 2010; University of California, Berkeley
GPA: 3.90/4.00
Bachelors of Science (Honors Baccalaureate), Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Biology;
Minors: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Microelectronics Engineering, 2005; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA
QCA: 3.91/4.00

Interests and Skills

  • Brain-machine and brain-computer interfaces
  • Neural engineering and neurophysiology
  • Artificial vision
  • Biological modeling and analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Semiconductor processing, microelectronics, and nanotechnology
  • Computer emulation and virtual machines
  • Computer vision and audition
  • Web ontology and data transformation
  • Augmented reality
  • Chaos and complexity
  • Automation systems
  • Graphics design
  • Game design

Programming Experience

  • Object-oriented (static) - C++11, Java, C#, TurboPascal/Delphi
  • Web Scripting (dynamic) - Perl, Python, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, JSP, ASP, Coldfusion, etc.
  • Internet markup - HTML5, CSS3, XSLT2
  • Database - SQL (PostgreSQL, MySQL, MSSQL), EMR/Hive, LDAP, XML
  • Parallel - OpenMP, MPI, OpenCL, CUDA
  • Graphics - OpenGL, DirectX, Processing, SVG, VRML
  • Scientific - MATLAB, R, Mathematica, Simulink, LabVIEW
  • Microcontroller/HDL - Assembly (PIC, Motorola, Intel), Verilog
  • Frameworks - Android, Qt, wxWidgets, FLTK, MFC, PhysX, jQuery, Flash/AS3, Facebook, etc.
  • Application servers - Apache, nginx, Node.js, Tomcat, Jetty, Rails, MVC paradigm, etc.

Research Experience

Neurophysiology research under Dr. Yang Dan, UC Berkeley, Summer 2006 - present
  • Multielectrode electrophysiology in the visual cortex of behaving rodents (including experimental design, surgery, behavior training, etc.)
  • Developed a microstimulation system for creating artificial visual perception
  • Designed and constructed post-implantation-moveable microelectrode arrays
  • Programmed neural data analysis programs, including spike sorting (detection, decomposition, and clustering), time-frequency decomposition, and correlation
  • Trained and managed undergraduates
Robotics research under Dr. Jose Carmena, UC Berkeley, Spring 2007 - Fall 2007
  • Developed a test platform for realtime interaction of a robotic arm with a 3D virtual environment including physics simulation
  • Aided in the design of a computer vision application
Neurophysiology research under Dr. John Phillips, Virginia Tech, Summer 2004 - Summer 2005
  • Electrophysiology of magnetic reception in the pineal gland of frogs (including surgeries, experiments, measurements, and analysis)
  • Reprogrammed A/D and D/A control and analysis software
Nanoparticle research under Dr. Kathleen Meehan, Virginia Tech, Spring 2004
  • Synthesized and characterized magnetic nanoparticles and thin films
Electromagnetics research under Dr. Richard Claus, Virginia Tech, Fall 2003 - Spring 2004
  • Researched and reconstructed a novel magnetic power generator
Bioinformatics research under Dr. Cynthia Gibas, Virginia Tech, Fall 2002 - Fall 2003
  • Developed a comparative and analytical genome annotation web application
  • Performed sequence and biophysical analysis methods to probe sequences selected for use in development of a DNA microarray
  • Tested criteria for predicting failure of selected probes and comparison with experimental outcomes

Freelance Experience

Founder, Konfiskated Teknologies Network, 1996 - present IT Managing Editor, Nintendo World Report (volunteer), 2006 - present
  • Developed a content management system, including an SQL-XML data converter and AJAX-based dynamic user interface
  • Attended industry events and conducted interviews
  • Researched and reported articles, including video
  • Tested and reviewed games
  • Trained and directed staff (editorial and technical)

Work Experience

Research Scientist, Lumos Labs, 2012 - present
  • Exploring, designing, and prototyping new cognitive tasks
  • Coordinating with games team to create efficacious and engaging games
  • Analyzing large data sets in the cloud
  • Working with external researchers on cognitive assessments
  • Specifying processes for patents
Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, 2005 - 2006, 2009
  • Spring 2009: Sole GSI for computational biology course
  • Spring 2006: Head GSI: managed class materials and other GSIs
  • Fall 2005: Taught discussion section for introductory electronics for non-electrical engineering majors
  • Ran multiple lab sections
Web Programmer / Developer, Citizens Telephone Cooperative, Floyd, Virginia, 1999 - 2006, part-time during academic year
  • Developed applications, including e-commerce and automation solutions
  • Designed interactive websites and graphics for services and websites
  • Installed and maintained servers and workstations
  • Provided user administration and technical support
Webmaster, Milagro Systems, Inc., Austin, Texas, 1996 - 1998
  • Designed website and maintained servers
  • Beta-tested software

Publications and Posters

Software Releases

Selected Open-Source Contributions

Mozilla, 1999 - present
  • Developed patches (image processing, Windows integration, and others)
  • Application testing including bug reporting, resolution, and triage
Simple Machines Forum, 2010 - present
  • PostgreSQL integration debugging
  • CAPTCHA extension


Awards and Honors

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
  • Eleanor Davenport Leadership Scholarship
  • Hekimian Scholarship
  • George Family Scholarship
  • Ray D. and Violet T. Frith Scholarship
  • Dean's Engineering Scholarship
  • Gilbert L. and Lucille Seay Scholarship
  • General Engineering Scholarship
  • Pamplin Leader
  • Marshall Hahn Engineering Scholarship
  • New River Valley Alumni Scholarship
  • Floyd VODD Scholarship
  • Sisson and Ryan Math Award
  • Floyd Beta Club Scholarship
  • Dean's List with Distinction each semester
  • Invited to numerous honors societies