Nevada Sanchez

Nevada Sanchez

Co-Founder and Research Scientist at Butterfly Network Inc.

Branford, Connecticut (Greater New York City Area)
Computer Software

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Nevada Sanchez's Summary

I am a Software and Electrical Engineer who just received my third degree from MIT. I have work experience as a software developer intern at several different companies. I have done research developing high speed DSP solutions (in programmable logic) and software tools for an innovative radio telescope concept. I am currently researching algorithms and techniques for advanced imaging applications. I am interested in research positions (especially those involving physics and/or mathematics) as well as engineering positions.


Computer Platforms: C, C++, C#, Java, Objective-C, Python, Lisp, x86, MATLAB, HTML, CSS, *nix, OpenGL.

Software Tools: MATLAB, AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, Photoshop, Eagle CAD, Xilinx Design Suite, Emacs.

Other Engineering Skills: Verilog, FPGA Design, Embedded Systems Design, PCB Design and Layout.

Nevada Sanchez's Skills & Expertise

  1. C
  2. C++
  3. C#
  4. Objective-C
  5. Python
  6. Java
  7. Lisp
  8. X86
  9. Linux
  10. MATLAB
  11. OpenGL
  12. Verilog
  13. Xilinx
  14. Embedded Systems
  15. Eagle CAD
  16. Emacs
  17. Photoshop
  18. Web Design
  19. PHP
  20. HTML
  21. CSS
  22. DSP
  23. Operating Systems
  24. LaTeX
  25. FPGA
  26. Git
  27. Matlab
  28. Digital Signal Processors
  29. Sensors
  30. Digital Signal Processing
  31. Signal Processing
  32. Simulations
  33. Electronics
  34. PCB design
  35. Labview
  36. Image Processing
  37. Machine Learning
  38. Debugging
  39. VHDL
  40. Computer Vision
  41. Algorithms

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Nevada Sanchez's Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.Eng., EECS


- Thesis: "On the Instrumentation of the Omniscope" - supervised by Professor Max Tegmark of the MIT Kavli Institute.
- GPA: 5.0.

Activities and Societies: HKN (Project Expo Chair)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

S.B., EECS, Mathematics, Physics


- GPA: 5.0.
- Received Henry Ford II Scholar Award (top student in the MIT School of Engineering)
- Received the George C. Newton Jr. Undergraduate Laboratory prize
- First place winner of the Enterprise Poets for Imagining a Future award for technical writing
- Prize winner in the HKN Project Expo (1st place 2010, 2nd place 2009)
- Gates Millenium Scholar

Activities and Societies: HKN Tutor, Project Interphase, Second Summer Program Participant and Mentor.

Nevada Sanchez's Experience

Co-Founder, Research Scientist

Butterfly Network, Inc.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Medical Devices industry

June 2011Present (3 years 4 months) Guilford, CT

FPGA Developer and Hardware Engineer


Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2009June 2011 (2 years 6 months)

I developed several FPGA based solutions to implement a novel technique in radio astronomy. The project, the "Fast Fourier Transform Telescope," uses recent advances in technology to completely digitize computations done on sky signals, which allows for the possibility of simultaneously imaging the entire sky at a wide range of frequencies

My role in the project was to interface top-tier FPGAs to high-performance ADCs in an integrated solution that can be replicated for over 1000 receivers. I also developed sophisticated data storage, analysis, and visualization software for viewing collected data.

To cope with the massive amount of throughput and connectivity, I also designed a high-speed switching network that will allow each receiver to distribute its data among each of about 1000 computer systems.



Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

June 2006June 2011 (5 years 1 month) Greater Boston Area

Software Developer Engineer

Microsoft (Bing)

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MSFT; Computer Software industry

June 2010August 2010 (3 months)

I developed a feature that used grammars to complete queries in a way that demonstrates new features and functionality to users. I was responsible for designing all details of the feature and providing a fast and scalable implementation within the native C++ code base.

Software Engineer

NVIDIA (Mac OpenGL Group)

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; NVDA; Computer Hardware industry

June 2009August 2009 (3 months) Santa Clara, CA

I found and fixed bugs in the GeForce OpenGL driver for Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and also wrote and debugged OpenGL driver tests (in C and C++).

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; LMT; Defense & Space industry

June 2008August 2008 (3 months) King of Prussia, PA

I developed (from the ground up) a graphical ontology editor for the Ontological Web Language (OWL). This product was designed to partially automate the process of translating from system architecture drawings directly to tool-agnostic simulations by unifying the data with OWL. I also developed an XML format OWL/RDF parser/writer, logical reasoner, and API for the C# language. I received Employee ‘Spot Award’ for excellent work achievement.

iPhone Application Developer

MIT Media Lab (MobMedia)

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Research industry

January 2008May 2008 (5 months)

I developed native (pre-SDK) Objective-C applications for the Apple iPhone. Specifically, I wrote applications that make use of the sensing hardware built into the device to collect and analyze data that can be used to infer correlations between social interactions and mass media sharing.

Driver/Demo Programmer

MIT Media Lab

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Research industry

February 2007May 2007 (4 months)

I completed an undergraduate research project developing a Python driver for an LED display made of flexible LED tiles that can be assembled into unusual topologies.

Testing and Debugging Engineer


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; EMC; Information Technology and Services industry

20072007 (less than a year)

I worked in the hardware testing and debugging laboratory. I wrote scripts to increase efficiency of test procedures (sometimes by up to 400%). I also wrote scripts for testing new products and debugged computer boards at the hardware level.

Nevada Sanchez's Projects

  • MIT Glove Mouse

    • March 2009 to May 2009
    Team Members: Nevada Sanchez, Tony "Hyun" Kim

    This is our implementation of the "Minority Report" gesture based computer interface. It utilizes a cheap webcam and an FPGA to track the motion of LED enhanced gloves (which we recently made wireless). Users can navigate a map by pinching to pan and zoom, as well as drag icons, using only their hands. See also our appearances on:

    - YouTube:
    - Popular Science:
    - Engadget:

Nevada Sanchez's Honors and Awards

  • Henry Ford II Scholar Award

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • June 2010

    This award goes to the undergraduate who, at the end of his or her third year of study at MIT, has achieved the highest academic standing in the School of Engineering.

  • Hertz Fellow

    Hertz Foundation
    • March 2011

    A prestigious engineering fellowship awarded to students entering doctoral studies. The award will support my future studies in Stanford University's Department of Computer Science.

  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship

    Stanford University
    • April 2011

    A full support fellowship given to graduate students at Stanford University.

  • George C. Newton, Jr. Undergraduate Laboratory Prize

    MIT EECS Department
    • May 2009

    Awarded for my work on the MIT Glove Mouse project for the digital electronics project laboratory course (6.111).

  • Enterprise Poets Prize for Imagining a Future

    Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes
    • May 2009

    First prize for technical writing. Awarded for the report on the development and implementation of the Video Acquisition Multi-touch Controller (AKA, the Glove Mouse).

  • HKN Project Expo Winner

    • March 2009

    First prize winner at the 2009 HKN Student Project Expo for showcasing the Glove Mouse. Also took 2nd place in 2008 expo.

  • Skills USA State Champion

    • 2005

    First prize in technical drafting (CAD) competition. Also took 6th place in national competition.

  • Employee Spot Award

    Lockheed Martin
    • August 2008

    Award given for important contributions by an individual to a project.

Nevada Sanchez's Courses

  • S.B., EECS, Mathematics, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • Introductory Digital Systems Laboratory (6.111)
    • Elements of Software Construction (6.005)
    • Introduction to Communication, Control, and Signal Processing (6.011)
    • Microelectronic Devices and Circuits (6.012)
    • Computer Systems Engineering (6.033)
    • Artificial Intelligence (6.034)
    • Design and Analysis Algorithms (6.046)
    • Microcomputer Project Laboratory (6.115)
    • Computation Structures (6.004)
    • Signals and Systems (6.003)
    • Circuits and Electronics (6.002)
    • Quantum Mechanics I, II, and III (8.04, 8.05, 8.06)
    • Relativity (8.033)
    • Algebra I and II (18.701, 18.702)
    • Analysis I (18.100B)
    • Complex Analysis (18.112)
    • Seminar in Representation Theory (18.704)
    • Probability and Random Variables (18.440)
    • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (6.001)
    • Differential Equations (18.03)
    • Project Lab in Mathematics (18.821)
    • Physics I: Classical Mechanics (8.012)
    • Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (8.022)
    • Physics III: Vibrations and Waves (8.03)
    • Linear Algebra (18.06)
  • M.Eng., EECS

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • Operating System Engineering (6.828)
    • Underactuated Robotics (6.832)
    • Discrete Stochastic Processes (6.262)

Nevada Sanchez's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Elementary proficiency)

Nevada Sanchez's Publications

  • Solving the Corner-Turning Problem for Large Interferometers

    • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    • October 12, 2010
    Authors: Nevada Sanchez, Andy Lutomirski, Max Tegmark, Leo C. Stein, W. Lynn Urry, Matias Zaldarriag

    The so-called corner turning problem is a major bottleneck for radio telescopes with large numbers of antennas. The problem is essentially that of rapidly transposing a matrix that is too large to store on one single device; in radio interferometry, it occurs because data from each antenna needs to be routed to an array of processors that will each handle a limited portion of the data (a frequency range, say) but requires input from each antenna. We present a low-cost solution allowing the correlator to transpose its data in real time, without contending for bandwidth, via a butterfly network requiring neither additional RAM memory nor expensive general-purpose switching hardware. We discuss possible implementations of this using FPGA, CMOS, analog logic and optical technology, and conclude that the corner turner cost can be small even for upcoming massive radio arrays.

Nevada Sanchez's Additional Information


Video Game Development, Music (performance and composing), Hobby Electronics

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Honors and Awards:

Henry Ford II Scholar Award (top student in the MIT School of Engineering); Enterprise Poets Prize for Imagining a Future (2009, first prize for technical writing); 2nd place HKN Project Expo (2009); George C. Newton, Jr. Undergraduate Laboratory Prize (2009); SkillsUSA State Champion and 6th place National in Technical Drafting (2005); Gates Millennium Scholar.

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