Zheyu is currently a graduate student in the Engineering Sciences program at Harvard Unversity. Prior to Harvard, he received his bachelor degree with High Honors from the University of Toronto in Canada. During his fourth year, he interned at iPhone Hardware team at Apple, where he worked extensively on iPhone 7/7 Plus/X projects. Zheyu is not only familiar with consumer electronics product development but also interested in the software design and design analytics area. This unique background allows him to look at new problems both from a hardware and software perspective.



Sep. 2018 - June 2020 (Expected) 

School of Engineering and Applied Science(SEAS), Harvard University

Candidate of Master of Science (S.M) in Engineering Sciences



Sep. 2018 - June 2020 (Expected) 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)



Sep. 2013 - June 2018

Department of Electrical and Compyuter Engineering, University of Toronto

Bachelor in Applied Science and Engineering (B.ASc) with High Honors

cGPA:3.97/4.00, Ranking: 1/180

Average for math-related class: 97.5/100


Work Experience


May, 2016 -  May, 2017

Phone System Integration Intern

Products: iPhone X, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7

  • Validated iPhone X/7/7 Plus prototype for nearly all sub-systems using oscilloscopes, multimeter etc.
  • Designed schematic for several test PCBs, with over a hundred boards fabricated and distributed to cross- functional teams
  • Wrote scripts to automate device behavior and testing equipment to improve validation efficiency
  • Designed a backend program for an internal website focusing on data mining to analyze device performance at factory, reducing the processing time from several hours to several seconds. It is the first webtool implemented and deployed by interns in the group.
  • Analyzed peak power and battery failure to mitigate unexpected power off (UPO) problem
  • Managed, simulated and reviewed Direct Current Resistance (DCR) for iPhone system from vendors
  • Hardware failure analysis on prototypes
  • Presented engineering process/outcomes to cross-functional teams for review
  • Worked with cross-functional team actively for several other projects



Selected Research Experience


Distributed FPGA Implementation of Boltzmann Machine for Combinatorial Optimization Problem

• Designed the overall hardware system architecture consisting of four DE1-SoC boards, five Ethernet cables and a host

• Designed, implemented and tested the distributed simulated annealing algorithm on the system. Expanded the neural network by 4x and reduced the computational time to 70%. Implemented front-end interface for user interaction.


Power Management for Wireless Sensor Node

• Designed the schematic and layout of a 4-layer PCB prototype of Wireless Sensor Nodes from scratch to characterize the performance of a power management integrated circuit. Programmed the microcontroller in C to allow wireless transmission of data

• Presented at the poster session of Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD)


Honors and Awards

UC Berkeley Fung Excellence Scholarship (declined) 2018.3
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship   2017.4
ECE Outstanding Student Award 2016.8
Gordon F. Tracy Scholarship 2016.8
University of Toronto Scholar 2016.8
University of Toronto Scholar 2015.8
University of Toronto Excellence Award of Natural Science and Engineering 2015.4
University of Toronto Scholar 2014.8
Dean’s Honor List 2013 - 2018