Clara Schaertl Short

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

About me

Hi, I’m Clara! I’m a hardware validation engineer in Austin, Texas. I’ve also been a grad student (M.S., ECE, UT Austin, 2019), a professional EE working on safety-critical control systems for oil refineries in Los Angeles, and a submarine officer in the Navy—among other things. Sometimes I take on projects for a certain awesome roboticist.


August 2018: I put together a bibliography (LaTeX, PDF) with DOIs for about 90% of the papers in Computer Arithmetic, Volume I (Earl E. Swartzlander, Jr., ed., 2015, doi:10.1142/9476), because that book is a lot of dead trees to carry around. Please let me know if you find a canonical URL for items [18], [26], or [37].

December 2017: is a quick-and-dirty build script for the gem5 emulator, the SPEC CPU2006 benchmarks, and the SimPoint program phase analysis tool. I wrote it while reproducing part of “High Performance Cache Replacement Using Re-Reference Interval Prediction (RRIP)” (A. Jaleel, K. B. Theobald, S. C. Steely, Jr., and J. Emer, ISCA ‘10, doi:10.1145/1815961.1815971) 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: Philip Balister and I gave a tutorial on my undergraduate senior design project (C. R. Anderson, G. Schaertl, and P. Balister, “A Low-Cost Embedded SDR Solution for Prototyping and Experimentation,” tutorial at Wireless@VT ‘09, paper in SDR ‘09, source on GitHub).


I’ve written a response (C. S. Short, “Comment on ‘Outbreak: on transgender teens and psychic epidemics,’” Psychological Perspectives, vol. 62, no. 2, in press) to a small group of therapists who believe gender dysphoria in adolescence and early adulthood is a “social contagion” rather than a legitimate medical condition.

From January 31, 2019 to May 9, 2019, I moderated the Trans Thursdays drop-in discussion group at UT Austin’s Gender and Sexuality Center.

On May 28, 2018, I signed the Post-Meritocracy Manifesto, which reflects my beliefs about a healthy work environment.

On December 17, 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.”