Shawn Yao

Previous Embedded System Engineer @ WiFigarden Inc.

        Tenacious, result-oriented, and strong in leadership and communication, I value team cultures of open communication, and if necessary, build one.

[email protected]        +886 912-664-531

Work Experience

Embedded System Engineer

WiFigarden Inc.

July 2020 - December 2020
Taipei, Taiwan

  1. Improved the “Smart Connect” feature, a scalable Wi-Fi setup automation process for IoT devices based on SSDP protocol, in which I restructured the code, added unit tests, reduced the memory footprint, and accelerated connection speed.
  2. Collaborated with fall detection radar imaging & home appliance companies, and integrated their products with our Wi-Fi and IoT technologies.
  3. Migrated the project build system from Make to CMake + Ninja, resulting in a 30%-70% build time reduction.
  4. Wrote Dockerfile to set up the build environment.
  5. Improved & pushed for the actual changes on Git & code review workflows, documentation rules, and the onboarding wiki for the new members.


Lab Assistant

Vayu Project

January 2019 - August 2019
Taipei, Taiwan

  1. Achieved Guinness World Records for The Fastest 50m Swim by a Robotic Fish, with a record of 26.79 seconds.
  2. Assisted in testing and provided consultation for firmware and hardware design issues.

Captain & Software Engineer

RoboMaster Robotics Competition — Team HKU 

September 2017 - August 2019
Taipei, Taiwan

  1. Lead a team of 20+ members, trained 6 juniors, and managed over HK$300,000 annual budget.
  2. Built pattern recognition for vehicle LED light source to automate and accelerate enemy targeting, with OpenCV and hue-based filtering techniques.
  3. Worked with open-source robotics projects based on FreeRTOS released by DJI Technology Co., Ltd.
  4. Implemented and tuned speed & position cascading PID control algorithm for gimbal and chassis BLDC motors, which were controlled over CAN protocol.


Sponsorship Team Vice Lead

Mobile Open Platform Conference (MOPCON)

June 2020 - November 2020
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1. Designed the sponsorship packages and pricing tailored to the post-pandemic trend.

2. Negotiated sponsorship from and maintained relationships with Microsoft and Oracle. 

Teaching Volunteer

HKU InnoWing Maker Space

September 2018 - August 2019
Hong Kong

  1. Delivered a robotics training of 8 courses, ranging from electronics, embedded systems on STM32, and control theory to 30 trainees.
  2. Advised 3 projects on achieving successful product realization regarding design requirements, software, and electronics. 

Teaching Volunteer

Codexpress Myanmar

June 2018 - August 2018
Dagon, Myanmar

  1. Delivered 2 IoT workshops on electronics and Arduino coding to 40 Myanmar students in Dagon University. 
  2. Delivered a self-powered soil-sensing product, real-time updating data via MQTT to cloud. 
  3. Built the power circuit with solar panels and power bank for simultaneous charging and discharging.


The University of Hong Kong

Bachelor of Computer Science

2016 - 2022, Hong Kong

Took a 2-year gap (2019.1 – 2020.12) for military service and work experiences

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