My name is Michael Leonard and I am currently a Graduate student at the University of Arkansas. I completed my undergraduate courses in May 2013 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, cum laude and a B.S. in Physics, cum laude. I have a strong interest in making things whether that be software, hardware, or something else entirely doesn’t matter to me.
I run this site both to serve as a personal landing page, and with the goal of building a community of like minded makers and builders. If you would like to learn more about what I have done or what I am working on now you should check out my projects page. Check out the Blog for a more up-to-date view of what I am doing. I work to post articles that I find useful, hopefully you will find them useful too.
When I’m not working I am an avid SCUBA diver, like to travel, and enjoy a good round of golf. I have recently (July 2013) began pursuing my Private Pilot License and hope to have that completed by December 2013. If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything, please feel free to contact me using the form at the bottom of the page or browse through the rest of my site.
- B.S. Electrical Engineering, cum laude, University of Arkansas (2013)
- B.S. Physics, cum laude, University of Arkansas (2013)
- GPA: 3.65
Honors & Awards
- University of Arkansas Honors College Distinguished Fellowship: Fall 2009 – Fall 2013
Most distinguished university undergraduate award, covering tuition and fees plus room and board
- Arkansas Governors Distinguished Scholarship: Fall 2009 – Fall 2013
Awarded to top 30% of graduating seniors in Arkansas
- University of Arkansas Chancellors List (4.00 Semester GPA): Spring 2010, Fall 2012
4.00 Semester GPA
- NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Research Grant: Summer 2012
Funded my work to develop an automated model synthesis tool for switching regulators
- ADHE Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship Spring 2013
Provides continued funding for the automated model synthesis tool and helps support my honors thesis research
Utilities: SPICE, Cadence, MATLAB, AutoCAD (2D and 3D), Google SketchUp
Productivity: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Apple Keynote, LaTeX, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Linux/UNIX Command Line Experienced, OmniGraffle (Similar to Visio), LibreOffice
Engineering: Electric Circuits I & II, Electronics I & II, Honors Electromagnetics, Honors Microprocessor System Design, Digital Design, Programming Foundations I & II, Programming Paradigms, Computer Architecture, Systems and Signal Analysis, Mixed Signal Modeling and Simulation, Analog Integrated Circuits
Physics: Thermal Physics, Quantum Physics, Solid State Physics, University Physics I, II, & III, Calculus I, II, & III, Differential Equations
Microwave and Optics Laboratory for Imaging and Characterization, Summer 2010 and 2011
As a rising Sophomore and Junior I worked in this lab under the direction of Dr. Vasundara Varadan through the summer working mostly to develop experiments dedicated to educating K-12 students about the mechanics and benefits of alternative energy solutions.
Mixed Signal Computer Aided Design Laboratory, Spring 2012 – Present
Beginning in my Junior year I have been working at MSCAD under the direction of Dr. Alan Mantooth. My current project is funded by and involves working closely with Texas Instruments in order to develop automated modeling solutions for switching regulators.
Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honors Society for Juniors and Seniors, Spring 2012 – Present
National Society of Professional Engineers, 2010 to Present
Engineers Without Borders, 2011 – 2012
Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Member, 2013 – Present
Lambda Chi Alpha, 2009 – 2013 (Academic Chairman 2010 – 2011)
As Academic Chairman I enacted initiatives that allowed us to achieve continued academic success as the highest Mens fraternity GPA for the seventh consecutive semester. Additionally, serving as a member of the executive committee allowed me to develop my group leadership abilities while helping guide an organization with a budget of +$200,000/year.
Service & Stewardship
University of Arkansas Associated Student Government Director of Philanthropy, 2012 – 2013
As Director of Philanthropy, it has been my primary duty to oversee the philanthropy events for the student government at the University of Arkansas. This includes planning new events, organizing existing events, and recording the volunteer activity of the members of student government.
Make-A-Difference Day Volunteer, 2009 – 2012 (Project Leader 2012)
Since matriculating at the University of Arkansas I have regularly given my time at a project for this campus wide project which reaches out to the local community with the help of over 1,000 student volunteers. This year I will be leading a project and be in charge of directing a team of 20+ volunteers.
Volunteer Judge for 2011-2012 Engineering Research Symposium, 2011 – 2012
I used my knowledge of current events combined with my understanding of Engineering and Physics in order to provide useful feedback for undergraduate students participating in the annual Freshman Engineering Research Symposium.
Volunteer at Root Elementary School, Fall 2010
Every other Friday for one semester I went with a group of students to an area Elementary school and read to students.
Volunteer Mentor for FIRST Robotics Team (Springdale High School GearHogs), 2012 – 2013
As a volunteer mentor I began the 2013 season by designing and implementing a new website for the GearHogs which can be found at gearhogsfrc3612.com. After finishing that I moved into more technical work involved in implementing control logic for their robot drive system and frisbee loader. The language used was C with extensive libraries provided by FIRST.