Madeleine Waller

Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: George Ricker
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Areas of Research: Circuits
Years: 2016-2017

Verification Testing of DHU Firmware for TESS

For my SuperUROP project I will be working with the MIT Kavli Institute on the development of a Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) scheduled to be launched in 2017. TESS's purpose is to identify small planets in the solar neighborhood and to perform detailed characterizations of the planets and their atmospheres. I will be assisting with the hardware component of TESS working with the FPGAs on board the satellite to incorporate rate checking and error insertion testing into the design for verification purposes.

I'm a senior studying electrical engineering and computer science and I'll be working with the TESS team in the MIT Kavli Institute. I joined the lab last spring after taking 6.111: Intro to Digital Systems Laboratory and learning how to work with FPGAs. I chose to pursue a SuperUROP project because I enjoyed my work last spring and it sounded like a great opportunity to get further involved in research.