Am I the Neel Shah you are looking for?

This Neel Shah is an electrical engineer with a passion for education. I got my start testing Ethernet switches for Systech Corporation at 15, and continued with internships at Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems during high school and college. I received my B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 2007. After working in the medical device industry for two years, I went back to school and in 2011 completed my M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California Berkeley. For the past year, and currently, I am an independent consultant available for short and medium-term projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I believe 'specialize' is a terrible word that pigeonholes humans into stereotypes and treats human knowledge as a commodity, but if I had to use it, I would say my 'specialty' is designing low-power, wireless embedded systems for medical use. I developed a medical datalogger for monitoring magnetic orthopedic treatment of pectus excavatum, which is currently in an FDA-sponsored clinical trial. I also developed a vibration monitor for use in cartilage shock detection. The device is part of an NIH R01 grant submission to study adolescent athletes. I also have other experience developing embedded devices with human, computer, and smartphone interfaces.

I worked for Medtronic as an RF engineer and product requirements manager for two years. I am all too familiar with the vexatious requirements faced by large medical device firms for FDA/UL/IEC clearance. I believe the FDA is full of good people who only get photographed with their pants down, and if you understand this one basic fact you'll find the specs to be no more than engineering common sense obfuscated by stupid legalese BS. If you are one of the teeth in one of the gears in one of the gearboxes in one of the large R&D medical device firms, I feel your pain and miss your benefits. If you need help figuring out the 600+ page IEC-60601 spec (and some related subdocuments), I can help with that.

I've been in academic research environments as well, working with teams at Stanford and Berkeley on parallel-array DNA pyrosequencing and wireless power transfer for implantable sensors, respectively. The former is now owned by Roche Diagnostics and the latter formed my Masters thesis at Berkeley. I believe there is no more perfectly trained person to help an individual's health than an open-minded engineer with an M.D. I recommend asking every new doctor a moderately difficult math question before relying on them for advice. If I ever were to work on a Ph.D. it would be in advancing the mathematical understanding of human physiology. I am convinced all physiological processes can be modeled by dynamical systems theory.

I previously pursued my passion for education by participating in the Electrical Engineering Outreach program at UC Berkeley, which sent members to middle and high schools in the SF Bay Area. We talk about exciting or topical science and try to generate interest in students to pursue STEM in college. I've tutored my peers since high school, and I also have experience teaching a 60-student introductory electronics class during one of UC Berkeley's summer sessions. I think it is ridiculous that today's universities expect professors to be leaders in their research communities and teach courses well, and I believe the best use of a college savings account is on a small, teaching-focused community, then undergraduate college.

While I'm not engineering, maintaining this website, or (God-forbid) socializing, I am outside hiking or camping, or inside pondering the state of the world and what to make for dinner. I like to create desserts, master complex games, and win at gambling. I love to pretend being a professional musician and photographer. I suspect my cat is puppeteered by an extraterrestial researcher. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. I hope you find this site useful.

NKS 10/16/2012