Joe Steinmeyer

Senior Lecturer Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Building 38-583
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139


I am a senior lecturer in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


In the last few years at MIT, I've: Going back a little further, I was a:

I've also been heavily involved with teaching and course development with the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs here at MIT where I've taught courses and seminars for:

In the summers I've also taught calculus at the high school level through the Noonan Scholars Program (now the Thrive Scholars Program).


A lot of my past work/research involved the intersection of biology/neuroscience with EECS, with a focus on automation and control. My PhD thesis was focused on building equipment to quickly interface with neurons while in tissue environemtns. More recently, I've focused on just the instrumentation side as well as digital design/signal processing on FPGAs. I also do a lot of teaching at the high school and college level and approach that as a research project as well (since the state of education is far from perfect) so do a lot of development/research into novel ways to improve student learning (particularly in STEM topics) for this age group.


I'm currently working on a number of projects in the FPGA/SoC/embedded space. I find that area really exciting. I've been lucky to get to advise some really neat projects in the last few years including ones by talented students Fischer Moseley (Manta: An In-Situ Debugging Tool for Programmable Hardware), Jay Lang (Lab-bc: A Serverless Computing Platform for MIT Educators), and Grace Quaratiello (An Introductory Low-level Programming Course for Students with a Python Background).

If you're interested in research projects along these lines, get in contact with me. There may be openings depending on time.

Some of my past projects:

Selected Publications and Papers:

Background and Things

I grew up south of Pittsburgh in a town called South Park, and then attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for my undergrad (EECS) from 2004 to 2008. I then moved to Cambridge, MA for my Masters and PhD in EECS from MIT, which I got in 2010 and 2014, respectively.

I really like vintage electronics (vacuum tubes, early transistors, early computing/programming, radio) and pursue a lot of that stuff in my spare time. My current amateur radio callsign is KC1RHK. I like woodworking and books and try to travel when I can.

I am dam sure you will touching the sky in very few time...❤ ❤
Not that it was beautiful, but that I found some order there.