Clara Schaertl Short

Eclectical engineer, grad student, cat parent. They/them or she/her.

About me

I’m at UT Austin studying full-time for a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with emphasis on VLSI design. Before starting here, I worked as a professional electrical engineer designing safety-critical control systems for oil refineries in Los Angeles, which was a nice increase in sun exposure after finishing my five-year term in the Navy as a submarine officer.

In my copious free time (ha!), I’ve been known to take on projects for a certain awesome roboticist.

Small projects

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., May 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 is a “social contagion” rather than a legitimate medical condition.

From January 31, 2019 to May 9, 2019, I’m moderating the Trans Thursdays drop-in discussion group at UT Austin’s Gender and Sexuality Center. Stop by the GSC (SAC 2.112) any time from 11:30am-1pm on Thursdays to chat, laugh, cry, and build community! Feel free to email me for more information.

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.”