About

I’m an Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science double major at Duke University (’18 Senior) born and raised in Brazil.

I get excited about building things and take things apart to try to understand them. I also love trying to explain really complex concepts in very simple terms.

My soul is half engineer half music producer and I believe the two complement each other in unimaginable ways (my father is a civil engineer and my mother is a singer). I really enjoy meditation, and trying to understand the mind (and the brain).

Photo by Estlin Haiss.

Photo by Estlin Haiss.

This semester (F17) I’m having the opportunity of working in the Nicolelis Laboratory at Duke for my independent study, developing their new brain machine interface software that uses machine learning to decode neuronal data coming from monkeys, and uses those outputs to control actuators (cursors, robot arms, wheelchairs, etc.).

This semester I’m also taking CS308 Software Development and Implementation, which features large scale team projects every 2-3 weeks. As well as: ECE350 Digital Systems, that uses Verilog (HDL) to build the architecture of a computer, and ECE383 Robotics and Automation, which explores robotics and linear algebra.

My interests include: computer science and engineering, music production and DJing, neuroscience and meditation.

Email: pf51@duke.edu