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Kirk Fitzpatrick
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  San Francisco State University, 2008
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Work Experience:

  Avionics Engineer, June 2011-Current
Virgin America, Burlingame, California
  • Cool airplane stuff!!!.
  Interiors Engineer, March 2009-June 2011
United Airlines, San Francisco, California
  • Cool airplane stuff!!!.
  Manufacturing Engineer, January 2009- March 2009
Production Robotics, San Leandro, California
  • Responsible for interfacing touch screen user interfaces with PLC control circuits and 6 axis robotic power servos, linear and pneumatic actuators, sensors and laser vision systems.
  • Referencing, designing and updating 3 dimensional Solid Works CAD models for assembly and installation of custom end-effecter designs and conveyer transport systems.


  Rotary Inverted Pendulum, 2008
Purpose: The inverted pendulum is a classical control theory problem used for testing control algorithms. Digital PID Control was implemented via dual 20Mhz ATMEL MCUs. Developed a custom Matlab GUI for PID parameter control with USART(RS232). Local MCU communication utilizes SPI.


Electromagnetic Anti Lock Brake System, 2007-2008
Purpose: To design a system that can provide proportional braking to trailing vehicles (trailers) while monitoring wheel feedback. Past and present wheel frequency via (digital encoders) along with vehicle acceleration (accelerometer) provides the MCU critical data to manipulate the compensator.


Functional Computer Languages:

  C, MATLAB, Learning Python,

Leadership & Development:

  Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Collegiate Athlete - Wrestling


  College of Science and Engineering Project Showcase
2nd prize, Inverted Pendulum
United Airlines - Presidents Award Winner
2nd Place, California State Wrestling Tournament
National Qualifier