Zach Rattner

Zach Rattner

Senior Incubation Engineer at Qualcomm Labs

San Diego, California (Greater San Diego Area)

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Zach Rattner's Overview

  • Senior Incubation Engineer at Qualcomm Labs
  • Incubation Engineer at Qualcomm Labs
  • Modem Software Engineer at Qualcomm
  • Associate Justice at Virginia Tech
  • Interim Engineering Intern at Qualcomm
  • Software Developer at
  • Founder, Developer at Yembo
  • Web Developer at Blacksburg Electronic Village

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Zach Rattner's Summary

Experienced product designer, wireless telecommunications (WCDMA and LTE) engineer, embedded system engineer, and web designer/developer. I take early-stage ideas and incubate them into existence.

Operating Systems: Mac, Linux, Windows
Systems: C/C++, Java, Assembly (MIPS, Microblaze, QDSP6)
Web: HTML 5, XHTML, XML, CSS, Javascript, MySQL 5, PHP 5, Perl 5, MySQL 5, PHP 5, Perl 5
HDL: Verilog
Frameworks: Qt 4, jQuery, Android, Arduino

Specialties: Software engineering, embedded systems, wireless networks, web development, web design

Zach Rattner's Experience

Senior Incubation Engineer

Qualcomm Labs

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; QCOM; Wireless industry

October 2013Present (1 year) San Diego, California

Same as before, with a little more responsibility and accountability this time around.

Incubation Engineer

Qualcomm Labs

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; QCOM; Wireless industry

August 2013November 2013 (4 months) San Diego, CA

We take early-stage ideas and bring them into reality.

Modem Software Engineer


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; QCOM; Wireless industry

June 2011August 2013 (2 years 3 months) San Diego, CA

Supported compressed mode measurement layer on WCDMA physical layer searcher team
Designed, implemented, and verified cell measurement, ranking, and pruning algorithms for LTE cell searches
Designed and implemented set management and acquisition algorithms to support DC-HSUPA feature set
Managed UE operations when not in a call on idle mode team

Associate Justice

Virginia Tech

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

August 2010May 2011 (10 months)

Administered cases involving cheating, falsification, plagiarism, and perjury
Conducted investigations, held panel hearings
Implemented web-based administration system for seating panels

Interim Engineering Intern


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; QCOM; Wireless industry

May 2010August 2010 (4 months) San Diego, CA

Worked on Inter-Radio Access Technology team to manage switching between GSM, WCDMA, and LTE networks

Software Developer

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; E-Learning industry

May 2008August 2009 (1 year 4 months) Reston, VA

Designed and implemented academic web applications for college students
Played pivotal role in design and development of online studying flashcard application, which has since been used to create over 1 million flashcards
Applied statistical theorems to develop new ways to present existing data
Designed document reviewer used to review over 150,000 user-generated documents
Created feasibility studies and mockups of new features
Administrated targeted advertisement management system

Founder, Developer


April 2007April 2009 (2 years 1 month)

Started a web site designed to enable anyone to design, build, and deploy a professional web site without writing code.
Pitched the idea to VCs in spring 2009

Web Developer

Blacksburg Electronic Village

April 2008September 2008 (6 months)

Designed, built, and maintained several non-profit and university-related web sites as a part of a small team

Zach Rattner's Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Leader Program

    • February 2014

    I participated in Qualcomm's internal Emerging Leader Program, and invitation-only class offered to 5% of Qualcomm's top-performing individual contributors. In this class, we learned management tips and strategies for maximizing a team's effectiveness.

Zach Rattner's Projects

  • Flashcard Studying Tool

    • May 2009 to January 2010

    I worked on the team that designed and implemented the flashcard studying tool for, which has since been used by college students across the country to generate over 1 million flashcards. I designed and implemented the flashcard interaction interface, printable view, back-end database, and helped add Unicode support.

  • rroll - A Physical Rickroll Device

    • November 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Zach Rattner

    Just for fun, I made an open source (GNU GPL v3) Arduino project that uses an ultrasonic sensor to unleash cheesy music on unsuspecting passersby. Whenever someone enters within 6 feet of the sensor, the device is activated and starts playing Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up". When the person leaves the area, the music pauses, only to resume where it left off when the person re-enters the area.

  • PocketTalk

    • December 2011 to January 2012
    Team Members: Zach Rattner

    PocketTalk is a GNU GPL Android application that vibrates incoming text messages in International Morse Code. The inspiration for the application came while I was driving with my phone in my pocket. The phone vibrated to indicate that I had a received a message, but why couldn't it vibrate out the actual contents of the message? The application has been installed by several hundred Android users across the world.

  • XStitch

    • November 2011 to January 2012
    Team Members: Zach Rattner

    X-Stitch is a web application that generates printable cross-stitch patterns from uploaded images. The app analyzes JPG, PNG, and GIF images pixel-by-pixel, rounds each color to the nearest universal thread color, and generates a printable black-and-white pattern. I wrote the application as a gift, and released the source code under the GNU GPL.

  • Cannon

    • July 2011 to July 2011
    Team Members: Zach Rattner, Shaver Deyerle

    Cannon is an Android and Arduino project that allows a smartphone to fire objects from a PVC pneumatic cannon, released under the GNU GPL. The communication between the smartphone and the cannon takes place wirelessly via Bluetooth, allowing the phone to be up to about 30 feet from the cannon. The device is entirely battery-operated for true portability. It took us five days to finish the project, but a vast majority of the work was done over the weekend. I wrote the Arduino software, and worked on some of the Android application.

  • Speed Test

    • November 2010 to November 2010
    Team Members: Zach Rattner

    One evening during my senior year, I was bored with the projects I was working on for school, so I read a research paper about measuring text entry performance and wrote a typing speed test. The test has been taken several hundred times since its release.

Zach Rattner's Skills & Expertise

  1. Android
  2. JavaScript
  3. C++
  4. Software Engineering
  5. PHP
  6. XML
  7. MySQL
  8. CSS
  9. Java
  10. Embedded Systems
  11. HTML 5
  12. Web Development
  13. JSON
  14. C
  15. jQuery
  16. WCDMA
  17. HTML
  18. Visual Studio
  19. Python
  20. UMTS
  21. Inane Trivia
  22. Arduino
  23. Linux
  24. Git
  25. Eclipse
  26. AJAX
  27. Verilog
  28. Apache
  29. Matlab
  30. Debugging
  31. Node.js
  32. Subversion
  33. MongoDB
  34. Nginx
  35. Photoshop
  36. mbed
  37. Perl
  38. Mobile Applications
  39. Android Development

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Zach Rattner's Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics Minor


GPA: 3.90 overall, 3.92 in major (summa cum laude)
Class Rank: 3 of 74

Activities and Societies: Undergraduate Honor System Associate Justice: August 2010 to May 2011 Undergraduate Honor System Panel Member: September 2008 to August 2010

Zach Rattner's Publications

  • Syncrod: An Energy-Minimization Method for Distributed File Synchronization Algorithms on Mobile Devices

    • 2nd International Conference on Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communication Systems (PECCS)
    • February 26, 2012
    Authors: Zach Rattner, Jules White, Hamilton Turner, Danny Guyom, Brian Dougherty, Sean Eade

    The paper presents a formal model for describing mobile file synchronization energy consumption, and an example of fitting a general file synchronization algorithm to the provided model. Empirical results of running an energy optimization on a general file synchronization algorithm are shown to provide rapid file transfer while using near 0.003% of a standard smartphone battery energy per MB.

Zach Rattner's Courses

  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics Minor

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    • Embedded System Design (ECE 4534)
    • Applied Software Engineering (ECE 3574)
    • Digital Design I (ECE 3504)
    • Digital Design II (ECE 4514)
    • Network Application Design (ECE 4564)
    • Engineering Design Optimization (AOE 4084)
    • Applied Combinatorics and Graph Theory (MATH 3534)
    • Discrete Math (MATH 2534)
    • Number Theory (MATH 4134)

Zach Rattner's Additional Information


OOP C++ development, GUI C++ with Qt, web development, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, CSS, XHTML, open source software, slick graphics, engineering, usable interfaces, sensors

Groups and Associations:

Applied Software Enginnering Tutor, Spring 2010 Virginia Tech Undergraduate Honor Court: Associate Justice, Spring 2010 to Present Microprocessor System Design Tutor, Fall 2009 Virginia Tech Undergraduate Honor Court: Panel Member, Fall 2008 to Present

Honors and Awards:

Qualcomm Learning Center's "Top Ten Most Popular Technical Videos of 2013": December 2013
Sixteen Qualstar awards: November 2011 to February 2014
"Open Telecom", Conleycon 2012's "Most Informative Talk": July 2012
Dean's List: Spring 2010, Spring 2011
Dean's List with Distinction: Fall 2007 to Fall 2009, Fall 2010
Ralph & William Hodges Memorial Scholarship: Fall 2010 to Spring 2011
Joe & Roberta May Electrical Engineering Scholarship: Fall 2010 to Spring 2011
Litton Industries scholarship recipient: Fall 2009 to Spring 2010
Peter & Phyllis Pruden scholarship recipient: Fall 2008 to Spring 2009
Patrick Faison scholarship recipient: Fall 2008 to Spring 2009

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