I make awesome gadgets!
San Jose, California
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Elecia White has worked on DNA scanners, inertial measurement units for airplanes and race cars, toys for preschoolers, a gunshot location system for catching criminals, and assorted other medical and consumer devices. She is the founder of Logical Elegance, an embedded systems consulting company based in San Jose. Elecia has developed strong skills in signal processing, hardware integration, complex system design, and performance. Having been through FAA and FDA certification processes, she understands the importance of producing quality designs and how they lead to quality implementations.
Elecia has spent several years in management roles but enjoys hands-on engineering and the thrill of delivering excellent products. While continuing to provide leadership and mentoring, she prefers to focus on the technical aspects of a project. A graduate of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, Elecia enjoys sharing her passion for science, engineering and interesting gizmos, particularly how these things can make the world a better place.
December 04 2013Kathleen Vaeth of MicroGen Systems (@MicroGenSystems) spoke with Elecia (@LogicalElegance) about energy harvesting using MEMS devices.Some introductory videos:BOLT™ Micro Power GeneratorAn energy harvester enables TI eZ430 with Linear LTC3588 While we missed it on the show, Kathleen also wanted to mention MicroGen Systems' finite element modeling partners: SoftMEMS and Open… read more
November 20 2013Author Laura Lemay (@lemay) spoke with Elecia (@logicalelegance) about writing books, APIs, code, and science fiction. Laura wrote many of the Teach Yourself ... in 21 Days books: her bibliography on Amazon.Laura's blog includes short stories. November is National Novel Writing Month, see the NaNoWriMo siteEdward Tufte wrote the amazing Envisioning Information (among many other beautiful… read more
November 13 2013From the MEMS Industry Group Executive Congress:Ivo Stivoric, co-founder of the Body Media which was purchased by JawboneCEO Sam Guilaume and Dave Rothenberg of MoveaStephen Walsh, ISKN – iSketchnote, one of the pitches in the MEMS Elevator Pitch SessionFrom the 2013 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference:David Peter works with New… read more
November 09 2013I need to introduce myself as I'm on a panel for a MEMS pitch contest. I have no real idea what I should say. I'm nervous because the other panelists/judges are VCs. Still, let's see if this will work… **** I am Elecia White. I've shipped dozens of products and… read more
November 07 2013In this in-depth technical discussion, Dr. Ken Lunde helps Elecia understand how to internationalize her (memory constrained) device.CJVK Information Processing, Ken’s excellent O’Reilly book on internationalization [Note: there is a 40% off print and 50% off ebook coupon in the last few minutes of the show.]Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP)Images of the bone ideograph that… read more
October 30 2013Jen Costillo surfaced briefly from her startup-induced blackout to share her wisdom about manufacturing consumer products. They discussed new product development and working from (and making modifications to) Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, CA. Jen and Elecia pined for this (probably not really a two pack) microscope. read more
October 23 2013Listener Jim Gf posed an interesting question about how to tell if you are a good embedded software engineer. Producer Christopher White joins Elecia to fail to give an answer. While they mention the embedded C test, they devolve into "why would you ask that question?", impostor syndrome, and methods… read more
October 16 2013Jeri Ellsworth joins Elecia to talk about about co-founding Technical Illusions and their virtual and augmented reality product CastAR. Jeri gives an in-depth introduction to virtual reality, augmented reality and motion sickness. They also talk about hardware engineers working with software engineers, the CastAR's Kickstarter, children's toys, and tagging sharks… read more
October 09 2013Jordan Hart from Digital Media Academy joined Elecia to discuss ways to make science, technology, and engineering fun for kids through Minecraft, Arduino robotics, and music. DMA video: Robotics and Electrical Engineering with Arduino Ted talk: The child-driven education which describes the "method of the grandmother" teaching style.Georgia Tech online CS Master's degreeSincere apologies to fans of… read more
October 02 2013Rob Mitchell and Elecia discuss management, what they like about project schedules, and lessons learned on the path from engineer to manager. read more
September 28 2013I asked why he was never online. He replied: The [group IM program's] notifications have trained me to ignore it since the notification are from someone who has sent an ALL message. For me, [it] is as effective closed as it is open. Is there a better way to use… read more
September 26 2013Phil King of Weekend Engineering returned to give Elecia advice on how to fabricate a board, both in a professional capacity and for garage projects. EaglePCB is a commercial package which is also available as a free, noncommercial version for small 2-layer boards. Other open source packages mentioned include Kicad and gEDA. Some board fabricators… read more
September 18 2013Karen Field (@karenfield) and Elecia talk about 2014 DesignWest, the embedded systems conference, and how to submit your idea for a session.2014 DesignWest is March 31 - April 3, 2014.Call for abstracts is open, submit your idea!Speaker benefits include speaker room, speaker party, full conference pass, conversation starting badge for networking, plus resume fodder. read more
September 11 2013Elecia White and Amy Button discuss Amy's dream of going to Mars, her previous role in training astronauts to handle disasters, and her current work on a magic box of rocks that will keep Orion's air breathable. Mars One Amy’s applicant page (with video)Nixon's moon disaster speechAmy's favorite other applicant read more
September 04 2013Elecia White spoke with Elizabeth Brenner about devices that can be used to help families worry less about grandparents who live alone (and 87-year-old neighbor friends named Dolores). Life Alert is the big name in senior push-button call systems. Life Call are the "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up" people. (See the commercial!)… read more
Webcast: Conducting a Technical Interview
Webcast: A Gentle Introduction to Embedded Systems Programming
"One of the best-written books I have ever read."
"This is the book that I have wanted to write for many years, only Elecia has done a better job than I think I ever could. In addition to being an ideal introduction for developers new to embedded systems, you will also find advice for us seasoned practitioners that need some tuning-up of our skills. Kudos."
"Embedded systems are inherently object-oriented, yet many embedded software developers don't create systems with this methodology in mind. In her new book, Elecia White examines embedded software development with an object-oriented tilt, giving a fresh perspective to embedded firmware design. With her inherently readable writing style, Making Embedded Systems is both approachable and entertaining. For OOP software developers wanting to enter the world
of embedded systems, her book is a must read."
"Elecia has a lot to share and she's doing it in style with her book Making Embedded Systems. Making Embedded Systems is loaded with great information and wisdom. Those just learning embedded systems will find
many mysteries revealed with lots of definitions and how-to
advice. It's also a handbook for the experienced developer with the breadth and depth of the topics covered."
"I'm recommending this book to anyone who wants to become an embedded system developer. Making Embedded Systems is the book for a C programmer who wants to enter the fun (and lucrative) world of embedded systems. What makes embedded different is the synergy of the hardware and software, and this book delves deeply, and almost
uniquely, into the integration of the two. It's very well
written--entertaining, even--and filled with clear
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