About Me

Venkateshwar Kottapalli
I am currently pursuing my Masters in Computer Engineering at Texas A&M UniversityI completed my Bachelors in Electronics and Communication from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal (NITK) in 2013.

I am actively seeking full-time opportunities, starting May 2017, in the field of digital VLSI design. You can find my detailed resume here.

Interests

Computer Architecture, Functional Verification, RTL Design, Digital VLSI, Design for Testability, and Digital System Design 

Education

Master of Science in Computer Engineering                                                                                                                    2017
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas 
Cumulative GPA : 4.0/4.0

Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication                                                                                            2013
National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), India
Cumulative GPA : 8.9/10

Work Experience

Apple, Cupertino                                                                                                                                                        May, 2016 - August, 2016
Hardware Design Verification Intern
• Implemented feature support in the bus functional model of an interface, using SystemVerilog
• Created constrained-random scenarios
• Defined assertions to check the interface protocol
• Developed error case scenarios to stress the design
• Analyzed performance of the design by devising directed, performance tests

Samsung R&D Institute India, Bangalore                                                                                                                     July, 2014 - July 2015
Hardware Engineer
    • Verification of the embedded Display Port (eDP) modules using Universal Verification Methodology (UVM)
    • Integrated the Cadence eDP verification IP into the test environment
    • Designed components and test-cases to target critical novel features like Panel Self Refresh 2 (PSR2)

Texas Instruments India, Bangalore                                                                                                                              July, 2013 - July, 2014
Digital Design Engineer
    • Designed the bus interconnect for the Power Management module (PMMC)
    • Performed synthesis and scan chain stitching of PMMC using Cadence tools
    • Completed design quality checks on the RTL using Spyglass tools
    • Generated test patterns and ensured requisite fault coverage using Encounter Test software
Intern                                                                                                                                                                                May - July, 2012
    • Performed real image testing of the Display Sub System C-Model
    • Investigated scaling, overlaying, and blending functions of the C-model in different color spaces

Defense Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), DRDO                                                                                      May - July, 2011
Trainee
    • Interfaced temperature sensors to a register bank through Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)
    • Implemented a shift register on a Cypress ultra 3700 CPLD using VHDL

National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)                                                                                                                      July, 2010
Intern
    • Programmed an 8051 microcontroller to count an external pulse
    • Witnessed the full level acoustic test of the AVANTI-HYLAS satellite

Academic Experience

TAMU Transportation Institute, College Station                                                                                                                    Spring 2016
Research Assistant, Prof. Sunil P Khatri
• Devised a network of wireless sensor nodes to monitor the rail neutral temperature
• Implemented a fully functional prototype, with a battery life of 10 years, using low power design techniques                                        

Test Scores

GRE :         331/340
    - Quantitative     170/170
    - Verbal             161/170
    - Writing             4/6

TOEFL :     119/120
    - Reading : 30/30
    - Listening : 30/30
    - Speaking : 29/30
    - Writing : 30/30