My name is Gilbert Yap and since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by computers and technology. My path to becoming an engineer started when I watched a PBS broadcast as an elementary school student on robotics. The program was on the topic of Boston Dynamics and its history with MIT; I thought their robots were the coolest thing in the world. Before bed that night I told my mom that I was going to college “soon” to study robots. I did not have the faintest idea of how far away my college years were or even the idea of what a college was. All I could think that night was how there was a group of people out there turning science-fiction into reality and how badly I wanted to be doing exactly that.
My actual path to studying electrical engineering and later holding various software developer roles started in high school, where I first started programming. However, lots of extracurricular and hobbies shaped what kind of engineer I wanted to be. Having been a “band geek” and (still) a video game aficionado, I became enamored with the concepts of acoustics and graphics during my undergraduate career. I wanted to know how filters in Photoshop worked, how audio filters were controlled in audio workstations, or how lighting effects were generated for 3D graphics. The pursuit of this knowledge is what eventually motivated me to enroll in Boston University’s master’s program.
I hope you enjoy the selection of engineering projects I have posted to this website. In addition to these projects, you can find my education and work history. In my spare time I also do food and restaurant photography and occasionally throw together some tunes, so feel free to check those out as well!