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 based in the Boston area and working remotely. 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.

If you’re looking to hire me, check out my resume (PDF, source).

Technical Miscellanea

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 amateurishly outside of work.

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.”