My name is Tim Rupprecht and I’m a computer engineer. I made this website to share my thoughts with professional circles in Boston, in the United States, and in the tech world.
All potential employers can download a curriculum vitae from the resume page.
I was born in 1994 in Syracuse, NY, where many of the people pronounce their city’s name as “Sara-cuse.” I went to a local private high school and played ultimate frisbee in my free time with friends. I was on the editorial board of the school’s literary magazine and played trombone in the high school jazz band. My senior year calculus teacher suggested that I might want to consider engineering as a career choice – I had already been accepted into Northeastern University with the intent of majoring in Criminal Justice – I thanked him and I turned the advice over in my head for the rest of the year. Two weeks prior to my NEU orientation date I finally made the switch to computer engineering.
At Northeastern while completing my undergraduate education I spent time in the Wireless Club listening to stories from Professor Potter, or working on projects at the student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. My group’s senior year capstone project contributed to a multiyear effort by the AIAA titled Project Karman – an effort to be the first university to use rocket propulsion to break the Karman line separating us from space itself. I contributed to the firmware of the microchip on the rocket, specifically the device drivers, and operating system tasks responsible for communicating with on rocket sensors.
Graduating in 2016, I received a full-time offer from L3 Technologies where I had been interning since the start of 2015. I ended up staying with L3 for a total of two and a half years before beginning my own career in consulting starting in late 2017. My first big employer was ALERT, a research center on Northeastern University’s campus. We worked primarily with the Department of Homeland Security on research projects aiming to improve the flow of passengers through airport checkpoint systems. In this time I also worked on personal projects – I, like many people, was swept away with bitcoin fever and developed an automated cryptocurrency trading platform. Alas, I only finished development AFTER the bubble burst.
In fall of 2018 I was given the extraordinary privilege to return to Northeastern to continue my education with a graduate degree in Computer Engineering concentrating in computer vision, machine learning, and algorithms. From 2018 through to my expected graduation in August of 2020 I have worked in the Robust Systems lab on Northeastern’s campus working alongside ALERT to streamline passenger flow through airport security checkpoints. My thesis research continues this endeavor.
In 2015 I met my girlfriend who graduated from Boston University. Despite a strict school rivalry we have been able to make a life for ourselves with our two cats, and many more plants in the outskirts of Boston.