Elecia White

Elecia White

I make awesome gadgets!

San Jose, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • Embedded system software
  • Firmware architecture
  • Signal processing
  • Control systems
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training
  • writing
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.

Making Embedded Systems Making Embedded Systems
by Elecia White
November 2011
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Elecia blogs at:

54: Oh the Hugh Manatee

June 05 2014

Elizabeth Brenner (@eabrenner) returned to the show to talk about the are-you-ok widget that she and Elecia have been working on. (The initial problem-statement show is episode 17.)There is now a SparkFun tutorial so you can build one of the are-you-ok widgets yourself. As announced in the show, there is… read more

BONUS: From Solid Con

June 03 2014

Elecia attended O'Reilly's Solid Conference, recording a few of the people she met there. Note: this episode is recorded in a noisy location.Erin Mulcahy at littleBits (@littleBits), magnetic electronics modulesJack Mudd at Onewheel (@RideOnewheel), powered sort-of skateboard with only one wheel and auto-balancingLaurie Yoler from Qualcomm, she spoke on Intelligent Connectivity. It’s… read more

53: Being a grownup engineer

May 28 2014

Jack Ganssle shared his wisdom on being a good embedded software engineer (hint: it takes discipline). Jack's website is filled with great essays and new videos. He's also written the Art of Designing Embedded Systems and The Embedded Systems Dictionary (with Michael Barr).We covered a lot of ground, here are some of… read more

52: Maximize the sonic boom

May 21 2014

Elecia spoke with Micheal Worry, CEO of Nuvation, about engaging with and working at a design firm. Disco Fish, the autonomous Burning Man party vehicleUdacity course in autonomous vehiclesROS is Willow Garage's robot operating systemContact Nuvation at their website or on twitter (@Nuvation).Contact Disco Fish and its build buddies on Facebook.  read more

51: There is no crying in strcpy

May 16 2014

Jen Costillo (@r0b0ts0nf1r3) joins Elecia and Christopher to discuss their experiences interviewing (both as interviewer and interviewee). read more

50: The podcast formerly known as...

May 07 2014

Christopher White (@stoneymonster) and Elecia celebrate a year in podcasting by talking about the show. Then they decide whether or not to change the name of the show to Embedded (yes).Elecia's list of current and soon activities:Hackaday Prize (SPACE!!!!!) and snooping on current entriesElement14 blog based on her EELive Internet… read more

49: Is that an Arduino in your pocket

April 30 2014

Tenaya Hurst (@ArduinoWoman) shares her incredible enthusiasm for teaching Arduino and the San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation (The Tech). Being a geo-anthrop-actress, Tenaya teaches chemistry, geology, Arduino, and beginning wearables for the Tech, for their Galileo summer camp, for Oakland's Workshop Weekend, and on her own recognizance through her… read more

48: Widgets on the hands of ants

April 23 2014

Dr. Kevin Shaw, CTO of Sensor Platforms, spoke with Elecia about his career progressing from designing MEMS to building a company that makes sensor fusion algorithms. Wandering from the Internet of Things to Singularity University to power management in Android development, Kevin and Elecia had a wide-ranging conversation.Due in July,… read more

47: Bridge of toothpicks

April 16 2014

Nathan Tuck joined Christopher White (@stoneymonster) and Elecia White to chat about varied topics relating to being an embedded (and graphics) engineer (and manager).Nate works at NVidia on the Tegra K1-64. He mentioned some openings in his team at the end of the podcast, email the show to get a… read more

46: I’m painting the turtle

April 09 2014

Jennelle Crothers (@jkc137) explained to Elecia what a technology evangelist does. Of course, it wasn't an embedded technology but it was still amusing. Plus, Elecia got to play with a Surface Pro.Check out Jennelle's blogJennelle and Elecia met at She's Geeky in Mountain View, CA. read more

45: Yanking on a cat's tail is the only way to learn

April 02 2014

David Anders (Google+) joined Elecia to chat about open source hardware, what it means, how to do it, and why. Dave will be speaking at the embedded Linux conference in San Jose, CA on April 30th:9:00am: Panel: IoT and the Role of Embedded Linux and Android4:20pm: Hardware Debugging Tools5:20pm: Debugging -… read more

44: Light Up strikes back

March 26 2014

Josh Chan and Tarun Pondicherry, founders of Light Up (@Lightup or on Facebook), returned to the show. In episode 7, they were midway through their kickstarter, planning to make a product to teach electronics to elementary and middle school students. They've start shipping, even distributing, their MiniKits (other kits will ship soon!). Elecia asks… read more

43: A lot of high-falutin’ math

March 19 2014

Tony Rios from MEMSIC spoke with Elecia about inertial systems and tuning algorithms used in sensor fusion (i.e. Kalman). The IMU380 will appear soon, creating a whole line of relatively inexpensive quality inertial measurement and inertial navigation systems. Tony has a  few embedded systems and algorithms positions open, for example, embedded… read more

42: Blocks of gold with LCD displays

March 12 2014

Christopher White (@stoneymonster) and Elecia talk about the failed startups (and projects) they've been through, focusing on identifying how to discern the end is nigh. A nice collection of startups introspecting their failure.Wonderful, in-depth Everpix post-mortem.If you liked this episode, try 24: I AM A TOTAL FRAUD. read more

41: Pink universes die really quickly

March 05 2014

Micah Elizabeth Scott (@scanlime) came to talk about Fadecandy, a really neat way to control smart LEDs (NeoPixel, AdaFruit's term for the WS2812). The conversation ranged from beautiful LED control algorithms and open source embedded projects to triangle tessellations, art, and identity. AdaFruit has a great intro to Fadecandy.Fadecandy is open source… read more

Webcast: Conducting a Technical Interview
October 25, 2011
Given a 30-45 minutes to select a new colleague, what do you ask? What can you determine in your time slot? How can you decide that this candidate is truly qualified? (Is it your fault if they don't work out?) This webcast answers those questions and...

Webcast: A Gentle Introduction to Embedded Systems Programming
November 16, 2011
This webcast walks step-by-step through the most important concepts a software engineer will need to get started on the path to embedded systems.

"One of the best-written books I have ever read."
--Joao Carvalho

"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."
--Bill Gatliff

"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."
--John Catsoulis

"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."
--James W. Grenning

"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 illustrations."
--Jack Ganssle