MICHAEL J. WILKINS

 

WELCOME!

My name is Mike Wilkins, and I am a Computer Engineering Ph.D. student at Northwestern University. I am currently co-advised by Dr. Peter Dinda and Dr. Nikos Hardavellas. My research interests broadly include the areas of computer systems and computer architecture. More specifically, I enjoy exploring systems software and heterogeneous architectures in the high-performance computing space. Below you will find details regarding my experiences and current/past projects.

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EDUCATION

PH.D. COMPUTER ENGINEERING, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Expected: 2024

2019-2020 Royal E. Cabell Fellow
Co-advised by Peter Dinda and Nikos Hardavellas

B.S. COMPUTER ENGINEERING, ROSE-HULMAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

2019

GPA: 3.93
Class of 1940 Endowed Scholarship Recipient
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS

EVALUATION OF NON-CACHE COHERENT SYSTEMS

Ongoing

  • Examined the upper bound of efficiency improvements from disabling cache coherent in a distributed multiprocessor system

  • Modified the ZSim architectural simulator and custom benchmarks to quantify coherency delays in false sharing and true sharing scenarios

DEVELOPING COMPUTATIONAL ARCHITECTURES (DECA)

2017-2019

  • Developed DeCA: a platform that enables application researchers to prototype FPGA accelerator designs through industry-standard tools and custom software

  • Created a custom FPGA accelerator using DeCA for a neuroscience application to showcase the platform’s capabilities; achieved 1.5x speedup

 

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (ELP) INTERN, NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS

Summer 2018

  • Engaged with technical leaders through field presentations to top technology companies in the Seattle area

  • Assisted customers to design and troubleshoot data-acquisition applications using NI platforms

TRAILBLAZER INTERN, FLEXWARE INNOVATION

Summer 2017

  • Designed an innovative RFID tracking solution to repair a malfunctioning inventory locating system

  • Produced a full-stack BI database solution analyzing internal employee and revenue data

DIRECTOR OF TOOL SERVICES, POWER SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL

Summer 2016

  • Organized and managed the company’s inventory of CNC machining tools, valued at more than $500,000

  • Trained company technicians on new processes and managed tool services employees

 

PUBLICATIONS

“DECA: DEVELOPING COMPUTATIONAL ARCHITECTURES THROUGH FPGA SIMULATION”

Submitted to FPGA’20

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

SOFTWARE LANGUAGES

C, Python, Java, C#, LabVIEW, SQL

HARDWARE DESCRIPTION LANGUAGES

Verilog, VHDL, Chisel, SPICE

SIMULATION/TOOLS

ZSim, gem5, Xilinx Vivado, Xilinx ISE, Quartus II, Modelsim, Multisim

 

LEADERSHIP

TREASURER, PI KAPPA ALPHA FRATERNITY IOTA DELTA CHAPTER

2017-2019

  • Drafted and managed a budget of over $400,000 across two school years while completing initiatives to increase payment collection and digitize fiduciary practices

PRESIDENT, ROSE-HULMAN BOWLING CLUB

2016-2019

  • Restructured the club’s leadership and daily operation; increased membership by 300%

FOUNDER/PRESIDENT, MOOSEHEART TUTORING PROGRAM

2014-2016

  • Began program to tutor orphaned students at Mooseheart Child City; after 3 years of growth, had 45 students and 24 tutors meeting twice a week

 

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©2019 by Michael Wilkins.

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