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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.

Lab News

March 2024 WEST Lab awarded semiconductor education grant from Micron Foundation!

March 2024 WEST PhD student Haziq's poster accepted to IEEE SusTech!

February 2024 WEST Lab undergraduate researcher Jacob's and PhD student Haziq's papers accepted to the Crystal-Free IoT Workshop at CPS-IoT Week in Hong Kong!

January 2024 WEST Lab awarded Intel Mindshare Curriculum grant!

December 2023 WEST Lab affiliate researcher Amelia's paper accepted to OCEANS 2024 Singapore!

December 2023 Co-authored paper presented at IEEE GLOBECOM!

November 2023 Dr. Burnett contributes to the NSF Semiconductor Education and Workforce Development Convening

October 2023 Co-authored paper presented at IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things!

October 2023 WEST Lab member Brandon Hippe presents his project at IEEE SENSORS in Vienna!

September 2023 Co-authored paper presented at IEEE OCEANS Gulf Coast!

September 2023 Manuscript for IEEE OCEANS 2023 paper is available on IEEE Xplore.

September 2023 Dr. Burnett co-chairs and presents at, and undergraduate researcher Jacob attends and presents at, the 2023 Invited Workshop on Crystal-Free Radios, Chip-Scale Wireless Systems and Swarms in Paris.

August 2023 Luis's paper on antennas for IoT released on IEEE's TechRxiv pre-print server.

June 2023 New PhD student starts today. Welcome Haziq to WEST Lab!

June 2023 Dr. Burnett and WEST MS student Richard give talks at Teardown 2023.

June 2023 New PhD student starts today. Welcome Shahram to WEST Lab!

June 2023 WEST undergraduate researcher Natalie wins Frankwell Lin Summer Research Internship. Congratulations Natalie!

June 2023 WEST poster on low-cost pH instruments wins 1st prize in Student Poster Competition at IEEE Oceans Limerick. Congratulations Amelia!

May 2023 Nitrous oxide sensor paper published in IEEE Sensors Letters.

May 2023 WEST Lab awarded DoD ONR STTR Phase 1!

April 2023 WEST undergraduate researcher Jacob accepted to PSU MCECS Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Program (URMP). Congratulations Jacob!

Nov 2022 WEST Lab awarded USGS-PSU Partnership (UPP) grant!

Oct 2022 Stephen's paper wins Best Paper in the VLSI & Microelectronic Circuit/Embedded Systems category at IEEE UEMCON. Congratulations Stephen!


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.