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The WEST Lab is looking for outstanding PhD students who are excited to jump into the world of integrated circuit design! See the position description for details.

If any of these opportunities sound like a good fit for you, feel free to drop me an email at ude.xdp ta ttenrubd.


I am an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and direct the Wireless Environmental Sensor Technology (WEST) Lab, located in the Fourth Avenue Building at Portland State University. My research interests include:

My proposed undergraduate research projects submitted to the URMP also touch on many of the research areas I'm pursuing. If you're interested in doing research with me, drop me an email. I have plenty of ideas for undergraduate- and graduate-, and postdoctoral-level research alike.


Email (ude.xdp ta ttenrubd) and office hours are great ways to get in touch with me. Schedule a time.


Complete bibliography available on my Google Scholar page

Latest publication bio:

David C. Burnett received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington focusing on circuits, embedded systems, and oceanographic instrumentation. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California Berkeley as an NDSEG Fellow focusing on crystal-free fully-integrated wireless sensor nodes. He is currently an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Portland State University. Prior to his Ph.D., he was Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, Visiting Lecturer at Da Nang University of Technology, Vietnam, and Electrical Engineer for an experimental ROV at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He has served on various ACM SIGGRAPH conference committees serving as emerging technology juror and responsible for special technical projects and data networks. His research interests include crystal-free RF communication, low-power circuit design, and field-deployable sensor systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.