Andrew Avrin, MSEE


My work involves the electrical and materials layout of circuit designs fabricated on a flexible silicon film. I am investigating two different avenues of design, one for neural applications and one for cardiac applications.  Both designs consist of highly concentrated arrays of microelectrodes which are used to create an electrical map of a given area.  The cardiac design also contains  a stimulation feature, which can  apply waveforms with pinpoint accuracy for ablation. This allows us to input as well as output an electrical signal at electrode contact points. 

The design is completed using the Cadence Software Suite where simulation and testing are done to verify the integrity of the circuits before fabrication.  Multiple generations of designs are tested for accuracy, signal strength, signal-to-noise ratio, and bandwidth. 


The University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Philadelphia, PA

Candidate for Master of Science in Engineering, Electrical Engineering in May 2010

Thesis: Electrical Layout of High Density Neural and Cardiac Stimulating Flexible Electrode Arrays

The University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Philadelphia, PA

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, May 2010

Senior Design Project: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Platform (Dr. Rahul Mangharam)


     • Honorable Harold Berger Award, Senior Design Project 2009: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Platform

     • Best Project Award, ESE 350 Spring 2008: Electrosafe


Account Manager, Google: New York, NY (Summer 2010 - Present)

     • Online advertising account specialist focusing on clients and campaign optimization

     • Manage $2 million in annual advertising campaigns across multiple advertisers, networks, and exchanges

     • Develop in-depth working relationships with clients, engineers, and sales teams

High Density Electrode Array Researcher, Master’s Thesis: Philadelphia, PA (Fall 2009 - Spring 2010)

     • Designing transistor-level layout of electrode arrays for brain and cardiac use

     • Developing integrated system to detect signals and stimulate organ surface with automated electrical patterns

     • Used to aid in the treatment of epileptic seizures and cardiac arrhythmia

The University of Pennsylvania Teaching Assistant: Philadelphia, PA (Summer 2009)

     • Re-developed undergraduate microcontroller course for new professor and updated hardware

     • Wrote lab manuals, corresponding C code, and PHP-based online tutorials

Lucifer Lighting Company Intern: San Antonio, TX (Summer 2008)

     • Designed an integrated solar powered lighting system with 100% sustainability from scratch

     • Produced mathematical, electrical, and field analysis based on 30-year average insolation of San Antonio, TX

     • Coordinated project between engineers, suppliers, and local developers

Touch + Sound + Motion Sensitive LED Array Researcher: Philadelphia, PA (January 2008 - May 2008)

     • Fabricated interactive LED light board sensitive to environmental conditions

     • Programmed microcontroller to use each LED as light detectors as well as emitters


WQHS: Technical Director (January 2007- April 2009)

     • Responsible for technical functionality of student run radio station with 50 disc jockeys

     • Learned electrical wiring of equipment by reverse-engineering and responsible for keeping hardware up-to-date

     • On-Call for phone/on-site support

Quadramics Theatre Company: Treasurer (April 2007 - April 2009)

     • Produced expense reports and managed funds for $10,000 annual budget

     • Acted as liaison between company and governing authority

Kite & Key: Admissions Assistant (March 2007 - August 2007)

     • Volunteered by giving campus tours through Undergraduate Admissions for prospective students

     • Assisted students and family members by answering questions and logging visits

Performing Arts: Actor (Fall 2005- Spring 2010)

     • Performed in over 12 stage productions with various theatre companies (Fall 2005 - Spring 2010)

     • Weekly radio show "The Cheese and Cereal Show" on WQHS (Fall 2005 - Spring 2009)


     • Cadence, Multisim, Xilinx, ICC11, CodeWarrior, Ubuntu 8.04-9.04, Unix, Microsoft Office, Windows Vista, XP, 9X, Adobe CS4

     • LaTex, C, MATLAB, HTML Experience with PHP, CSS, Java, VHDL/Verilog, Assembly