Gabriel Bevilacqua Soares
A bit about myself and what made me build this website...
The main motivation for this website is to practice working with HTML and CSS (which I've taught myself) and at the same time showcase some of the projects that I have been working on over the past couple of years. Everything you see on this website I have either built from scratch, was inspired by someone else's project, or am planning on building at some point in the future.
This is essentially a platform for me to show others the things that I love doing in the hopes to inspire them to grab their toolboxes, soldering irons, or whatever equipment it might be, and go build something.
I graduated from Cornell University in May, 2013 with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Outside of my major, I was able to explore and grow my interests in music, industrial and product design, and web design. All of which come through in some of my blog posts and projects.
Currently, I am an Embedded System Engineer at Alarm.com, designing hardware and writing firmware for residential and commercial security systems. Since starting this job, I have honed in my C programming skills, and learned more than I ever could in a classroom setting.
While I was born in Brazil, I have not actually lived there; when I was only a few months old, my family moved to Caracas, Venezuela, and after nine years there, we moved to Houston, Texas. I studied in a French school up until 11th grade, and am fluent (both speaking and writing) in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. I am curious, love tinkering with electronics, and have a strong desire to create.
In my spare time, I enjoy going rock climbing and to the Techshop, where I can play with 3D printers, laser cutters, and a plethora of wood and metal shop tools.
See my LinkedIn for more information.
See my GitHub for project source code.
This is a brief list of some of the things that interest me and spark my imagination...
Electronics has been a part of my life from a very early age. As a kid I would help my dad build and solder various electronics projects that he had been working on, assemble computers, and most importantly, take apart all electronic devices that stopped working. By the time I got to college, I knew I wanted to continue down that same path, and am glad I did so. I am now an embedded system engineer and love working with microcontrollers.
Again, just as was the case with my path towards electronics, I started building things out of wood with my dad. With the purchase of our home in Texas, he decided to build most of what he could himself, from the patio in the backyard to the furniture inside. Our garage, equipped with the basic tools needed for any woodshop, is where I have spent countless hours working on my own projects.
My passion for percussion started in middle school after getting my first basic electronic drum set for Christmas. From there on, I was hooked. I bought my first acoustic kit in 8th grade (after saving all the money I had for over a year), practiced almost everyday, and when I started college I wanted to continue playing drums but at the same time try something new. My freshman year I joined Yamatai at Cornell, a Taiko group (Japanese drumming), and played with them for four years. I am now hooked on Taiko, its art form, complexity, and beauty.
Lately, I have been increasingly interested in things related to industrial design, the process in which we design products and the connection between the object, the users, and the environment. I think part of my interest comes from being tired of using objects, tools, or products that aren't user friendly and intuitive. You might call it an interest due to frustration.
Perhaps it is my lingering childhood dream of going to space that fuels this particular interest, but I often find myself looking up to the sky in awe, and just wanting to learn more about the things I see. Though I do not go stargazing or know much about celestial objects, I enjoy reading astronomy books and articles, and find a sense of comfort in these.
I remember going on an outdoor hike/climbing trip with my dad and one his friends when I was younger in Brazil, and I've been hooked ever since. I love the adrenaline rush of being high off the ground and trusting that your fingertips and toes will be able to hold the weight of your body, as well as the feeling of accomplishment when you are able to pull through on a climb that you never thought you would be able to complete.