David Orser

Assistant Teaching Professor

About Me

I teach and develop undergraduate education curriculum with a focus on laboratory courses for the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. My courses leverage project-based learning, experiential learning, and self-paced activities. The courses impacted span the full spectrum of ECE Courses in the first three years.

I have over ten years of industry experience specializing in mixed-signal RF integrated circuit design, and power electronics. I hold 6 patents from work at IBM where I worked from 2000 to 2005 to develop 2.5Gb/s to 10Gb/s fiber-optic data communication chips. From 2005 to 2010, I worked for Agere/LSI/Broadcom where I was a lead IC designer of large custom analog ASIC chips for magnetic writers in hard drives. My chips can be found in ~1 billion devices shipped worldwide with an aggregate theoretical peak bandwidth of 2.5e18 bits/s!

I’m originally from Montana, where I grew up programming and playing games on an Amiga, playing the trumpet, and enjoying the outdoors (skiing, fishing, and hiking.) I am half British (my mother immigrated), with half my family still residing in Hull, England. I am married to Heather and have 3 amazing kids Siri, Gavin, and Bridget. My kids seem to have turned out well despite my total lack of any training on the topic.

Curriculum Vitae

David Orser