Kevin Liu Hermstein
Office: 801 CEPSR
Kevin Hermstein received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Cum Laude) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2023. His research interests include wireless networks, digital signal processing, and software defined radio.
Columbia University (September 2023 – Present)
- M.S./Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (advised by Prof. Gil Zussman)
- Evergreen Fellow
University of Maryland, College Park (August 2019 – May 2023)
- B.S. in Electrical Engineering, cum laude – 3.96 GPA
Awards & Honors
- Columbia University Evergreen Fellowship (2023)
- Tau Beta Pi (2021-2023)
- Dean’s List (2019-2023)
- Presidential Scholarship (2019-2023)
- AFCEA Cyber Studies Merit Scholarship (2019-2023)
- Jean and Everett Dillard Scholarship (2022)
- George Corcoran Memorial Scholarship (2021)
Outreach & Education
- COSMOS Toolkit lesson at Energy Tech High School (November 2023)
- Volunteer, Girl’s Science Day (November 2023)
- COSMOS Toolkit lesson at Dreamyard Preparatory School (October 2023)
Software Engineer Intern at Raytheon AST (June – August 2023)
- Developed stages of a preprocessing pipeline for a blind waveform identification ML model.
- Adapted algorithms in Python for filtering, mixing, and resampling to detect center frequency and baud rate of a signal given real valued samples.
- Wrote bash scripts to test the performance of the model and pipeline on over 9000 signal snapshots.
Software Engineer Intern at Raytheon AST (June – August 2022)
- Created a dynamic HTML web page to control RF switches from remote locations.
- Web page could toggle inputs, check for errors on the switches, display command history, and toggle settings of the Python backend.
- Hosted the webpage on a virtual machine configured to automatically start the web server on startup.
- Added support for cross polarity, special diversity signals to a software-based multi-threaded demodulation product in C++.
Software Engineer at Raytheon AST (June – August 2021)
- Developed scripts in Python to streamline DevOps. Script interfaced with Npm, Docker and Github repositories, as well as Jenkins.
- Wrote MySql scripts to initialize a MySql database and handle the removal and addition of data
- Documented approach to MySql database and functionality of scripts.
Embedded Software Intern at AST Space Mobile (January– May 2021)
- Developed flight software for satellites using C++ on an STM32 processor in the Keil and Cube IDE.
- Debugged hardware, like CAN busses and transceivers, with oscilloscopes and logic analyzers.
- Utilized Gitlab and Git submodules for version control and Jira to track tasks.
Software Engineer Intern at Raytheon AST (June – August 2020)
- Documented a detailed approach to extract metadata and raw text from Office Suite and PDF files.
- Developed library in C++ to handle the extraction of metadata and raw text from Office Suite documents and PDF documents using a pointer to the file in memory and a length of data.
- Presented and demoed feature to multiple teams and department managers.
Undergraduate Research Assistant, UMD Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (August 2022 – August 2023)
- University of Maryland, College Park Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics
- Computational investigation into the prediction and quality of space charge dominated electron beams.
- Supported the Bright Beams Collective, a world-class research facility in beam and accelerator physics at the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics.
- Wrote Python scripts utilizing Warp, a particle-in-cell package, to simulate high energy electron beams.
- PI: Patrick O’Shea, Ph.D. Mentor: Liam Pocher, Ph.D. Candidate
ACES Honeypot Project, UMD (August – December 2020)
- Performed a categorical and quantitative examination of honeypot attacker characteristics on a public network.
- Wrote Bash scripts to monitor connections made to honeypots, save files from the honeypots, log activity on the honeypots, and recycle the honeypots after a certain amount of time or when the connection closes.
- Utilized crontab to automate the backing up of logs and honeypot files.
- Confirmed other studies performed on similar networks with our data.
- Columbia University, ELEN1201 Intro to Electrical Engineering, Fall 2023
Undergraduate Teaching Fellow
- University of Maryland, ENEE140 Intro to Programming for Engineers, Fall 2021
- University of Maryland, ENEE140 Intro to Programming for Engineers, Fall 2022
- University of Maryland, ENEE140 Intro to Programming for Engineers, Spring 2023
ECE Department Tutor
- University of Maryland, Spring 2022