After starting graduate school at BYU, I decided to audit some of the undergraduate courses that I didn't take as part of my focus in computer engineering. I found the digital signal processing classes to be interesting and especially took interest in the digital communications course taught by Michael Rice. After that I took a graduate level digital communications course and enjoyed that as well so I took an additional course in error-control coding. After getting into these courses, I decided to inegrate some of what I learned into my research focus of FPGA reliability. The result will be my dissertation which focuses on FPGA reliability for digital communications applications. I'm also interested in pursuing a career that includes some digital communications aspects.
One of my favorite projects in my communications courses had to deal with adaptive equalization. Here is my project report (click to download):