Clara Schaertl Short

Eclectical engineer, SoC whisperer, cat parent. They/them or she/her.

About me

Hi, I’m Clara! I’m a hardware validation engineer working in Austin, Texas. At various other times, I’ve also been a grad student at UT Austin, a professional EE designing safety-critical control systems for oil refineries in Los Angeles, a submarine officer in the Navy, and—long, long ago—a weird little kid named [redacted] growing up in small-town upstate New York. Sometimes I take on projects for a certain awesome roboticist.

Most of the specific things I’ve done professionally are undisclosed, which makes them sound much cooler than they are. (Of course, about 5% of them really are that cool, and you’re probably jealous). So here are a few things I’ve done unprofessionally amateurishly outside of work.

Technical Miscellanea

April 2019: I implemented an error checking circuit for mixed binary/BCD arithmetic, identified a bug in the proposed design, and obtained the first available post-route area and delay figures showing a much smaller area savings and performance penalty than predicted. As part of the testbench, I developed a parameterized Ladner-Fischer adder with 12% less area and only 4% greater delay than the equivalent DesignWare block.

August 2018: I put together a bibliography (LaTeX, PDF) with DOIs for about 90% of the papers in Computer Arithmetic, Volume I. Please let me know if you find a canonical URL for items 18, 26, or 37.

December 2017: I wrote a quick and dirty build script for the gem5 emulator, the SPEC CPU2006 benchmarks, and the SimPoint program phase analysis tool while evaluating the RRIP cache-replacement algorithm in my computer architecture class.

June 2017: I wrote a strategy guide/spoiler for TIS-100, because even video games about programming need language docs. Unfortunately Fortunately, I started grad school two months later and suddenly found dozens of more urgent things to do.

June 2009: Just before software-defined radios smaller than a breadbox became widely available for under $1000, I made one for my undergraduate senior design project (paper in SDR‘09, tutorial at Wireless@VT‘09, source on Github) using the then-newly released BeagleBoard as the host PC.


January 2019–May 2019: I moderated the Trans Thursdays drop-in discussion group at UT Austin’s Gender and Sexuality Center.

May 2018: I signed the Post-Meritocracy Manifesto, which reflects my beliefs about a healthy work environment.

March 2018: I wrote a response to a small group of therapists who seem to believe gender dysphoria among people under age 25 is caused by some sort of “psychic epidemic” (their words, not mine).

December 2016: I signed the pledge, which states in part: “We refuse to participate in the creation of databases of identifying information for the United States government to target individuals based on race, religion, or national origin.”