Who Am I?
My name is Colin O’Flynn. I’m trained as an electrical engineer, based in Nova Scotia, Canada. I’ve previously worked around the world for a variety of companies performing such diverse tasks as software programming, PCB design, prototype construction, installing devices on helicopters, RF layout, FPGA design, and a few others.
More recently I’ve been working on embedded security. I run a start-up (NewAE Technology Inc.), and completed a PhD on the topic. I’ve spoke extensively at conferences on this topic, so you may have seen me around somewhere. The most popular project I do is ChipWhisperer, which is an open-source tool for specific low-level attacks.
Previously I was fairly active in some of the open-source AVR toolchain development, which is what powers the Arduino platform. This ultimately led to working as a consultant with Atmel for several years.
I don’t (yet) maintain an extensive online presence outside this website. I used to extensively frequent AVRFreaks under the name ‘c_oflynn’, and occasionally am on a few other sites. There are a few Colin O’Flynns in the world, so here are a few of my profiles/projects:
My primarily email is coflynn -AT- newae -DOT- com
Awards, Resume, Etc
I don’t maintain an accurate resume online. A few of my previous awards when I was keeping one updated:
- NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship CGS-D (2013), of which only 261 such awards made across all universities in Canada for engineering/sciences
- Dalhousie Excellence Graduate Scholarship(2011)
- Canada Graduate Scholarship CGS-M(2011), National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Best Paper Award in Security Track (2011),NTMS 2011 Conference
- Best Poster Award at ACM Sensys (2008) Part of the Contiki uIPv6 stack, one of eleven co-authors
- Gold Medal, Skills Canada (2004,2005) Won both provincially and nationally two years in a row
- Gold Medal Canada Wide Science Fair (2004) Best Senior Engineering project for real-time video tracker implemented in an FPGA
- Third Place Award, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (2003) Design of an artificial intelligence development platform based on a mobile robot
- Minor Planet (17051) Oflynn Named as a result of my success in the Intel ISEF Science Fair