Arul Selvan Sekar | 425-381-6841 |

Work Experience

Senior Software Engineer, TEGRA
NVIDIA, Redmond WA [Jan 2013 - Current]
  • Core Program Architect, Automotive Foundation (Current)
    • Responsible for architecture of SW Core program for Automotive Foundation (Flashing, Bootloader, TEE, Comms, Platform, etc.)
    • Architect system level requirements and feature interdependencies, and decompose them to various components
    • Coordinate Feature Architects to complete architecture of component level requirements
  • Software Architecture and Development, Automotive
    • Design and implementation of system image generation and flashing components
    • Architectural lead for next iteration of modular and scalable flashing framework
    • Implement suspend framework for QNX OS running on hypervisor environment
    • Requirement and design specifications for HDCP repeater use-cases
  • Tablet SW Architecture, Android Power and Perf
    • Improve software architecture for memory management, performance and power governance
    • Modifications to App Framework (Java), Native Libraries (C++), Kernel(C) and HAL
    • Create metrics and viable solutions to quantify and track these improvements
    • Define architectural changes, improvements and metrics for upcoming products
  • System Software Development, Android
    • Kernel and user-space software stack that balance power and performance of SoC
    • TEE, Secure OS on SoC for Security operations (such as RSA, AES, HMAC, CMAC)
  • System Software Development, Windows on ARM
    • Power management for USB, XUSB software stack
    • POR for XUSB changes on upcoming SoC
    • Customer interaction for debugging on upcoming products

Embedded Software Engineer, OMAP Platform Business Unit
Texas Instruments, Redmond WA [Jun 2012 - Dec 2012]
  • Responsible for developing OS and firmware drivers on Windows RT (WoA) tablets based on the OMAP processor. 
  • Owner of Variable Services component of Security; point of contact in TI Redmond for security-related issues.
  • Ownership of functionality, robustness, and performance of UEFI and OS driver, and Trusted Application in ARM TrustZone 
  • Development of drivers from mid-development level to production level, including passing the Windows certification. 
  • Active discussions and communications with numerous TI partners that provide implementation and specifications
  • Working knowledge of security including ARM TrustZone, secure boot, measure boot, and trusted applications
  • Fluent in UEFI DXI drivers and TianoCore EDKII; Familiarity of WHCK Security tests
  • Participate in design and architecture reviews for Security
  • Position requires usage of Lauterbach JTAG for HW debugging, WinDbg for debugging Windows device drivers
  • Recent part of Power Management team, resolving related issues and bugs related to PMIC and PRCM

Teaching Assistant, Electrical Engineering Dept.
University of Washington, Seattle [Sep 2010 - Jun 2012]
  • EE 478 (Embedded Capstone), EE 472 (Microcomputer Systems), and EE 271 (Digital Circuits and Systems)
  • Supervise, guide, and evaluate students with labs and final projects; review sessions for additional materials
  • Critique and award submitted functional and design specifications, proposals, and system designs

Engineering Intern, Premium Applications Engineering
ARRIS Group Inc./Digeo Inc., Kirkland WA [Sep 2008-10]
  • Work as developer in Software Development Team for the Moxi HD DVR and Moxi Mate devices
  • Fixed bugs related to the Moxi C++ Applications and XML/C++ Framework for UI and data layers
  • Filter performance and warning bugs generated by Coverity and filed the appropriate bugs on Bugzilla

Full-time Co-op in Compliance, Test and Sustaining Engineering Dept.
Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose CA [Jan-Jul 2008]
  • Analyze the prototype board for issues with the control/data plane, traffic, and power; resolve hardware issues
  • Aid hardware designers with the initial functional verification of the newly fabricated prototype boards
  • Assist the designers by testing proposed parts on the prototype; Document instructions and track logistics 


Master of Science, Electrical Engineering
University of Washington, Seattle
Concentration: Robotics & Controls and Embedded Systems 
June 2012  | Overall GPA: 3.75 

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
University of Washington, Seattle
Concentration: Embedded Systems 
August 2009, Graduated Cum Laude | Overall GPA: 3.76 | Major GPA: 3.94 

Academic Achievements

Dynamic Gravity Compensation for Raven II Surgical Robot
BioRobotics Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle [Jan 2011 - Jun 2012]
  • Analyze the effects on dynamics due to change in orientation for Raven Surgical Robot
  • Develop add-on hardware to calculate orientation of robot using sensor measurements
  • Communicate orientation data to control system and modify the algorithm to compensate  

RSK Robotic Arm
Capstone Project for EE 449 (Control System Design) [Spring 2011]
  • 3-DOF arm that aids powered wheelchair users to automatically activate handicap door buttons upon request
  • Implemented with cost-effective hardware, GUI for end-user and designer; using threads and wxWidgets on Linux
  • Computer vision and Inverse Kinematics calculations for positional control; Safety using dynamic velocity control

Lunar Rover Prototype
Project Manager for EE 542 (Rocket City Space Pioneers’ Google Lunar X Prize) [Winter 2011]
  • Developed Functional, Requirement, Architecture, and Test Specifications, HW/SW Implementation documents
  • For design of control system on lunar rover, covering locomotion, camera, communication with satellite, etc.
  • Involved in project planning and timelines, and design discussion with team and customers

Small Scale Positioning System
Capstone Project for EE 478 (Design of Computer Subsystems) [Fall 2008]
  • Portable device that enables the user to track the 3D location of any targeted object indoors with high accuracy
  • Consists of six independent subsystems that coordinate, and use concepts of trilateration, to calculate location
  • Wireless communication and high-level power management to preserve battery life on the subsystems

Highlighted Skills

Processors: Tegra, OMAP, PIC, MSP | Devices: Android Tablet, Win RT Tablet, Automotive AI Platform 

C, C++, Python, Verilog, MATLAB | Platforms: Android, Windows 8 RT, Linux, QNX, UEFI, ROS, Bare-metal