Todd Coram
todd at maplefish dot com,
(rev. 04/29/14)

I have over 25 years experience as a professional computer developer/designer/architect, specializing in soup-to-nuts hardware/software design for Internet resident systems as well as hand held electronic devices.


Programming language Expertise
Lua/LuaJIT, C, C++03, C++11, Haskell, Erlang, various Forths (including OpenFirmwware, SwiftX for MSP430 and 8051, MPE Forth for ARM Cortex-M0/3/4, ArrayForth for GreenArray's GA144) awk/gawk, Tcl/Tk, Perl 5, unix scripting (bash, korn, Plan 9 rc, Busybox), Python, Standard ML, Scheme, Smalltalk and Common Lisp.
Ubuntu/Debian Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, Windows, Nucleus (for ARM).
SQLite, Berkeley DB, Postgres, RabbitMQ.
TCP/IP, AMQP (RabbitMQ), ZeroMQ and STOMP.
Procedural, Object Oriented, Relational, Functional, Concurrent, Generic Programming (w/ C++, STL, Templates, etc).
Transaction based, workflow systems, database backed websites, concurrent, distributed, TCP/IP socket based event driven servers.
Hardware tamper detection, Laptop forensics, Personal security devices, rootkit detection, filesystem analysis.
Low Level/Embedded
I2C, SPI, 1-wire, bit-banged UART, USB device drivers, bootloaders, BIOS firmware.
Cortex-M0/3/4, TI MSP430, 8051 (Silabs), Atmel AVR 8-bit, ARM7, GreenArray GA144.
Modeling language Expertise
SPIN Promela model checker.
Hardware Skills
Digital design of MCU based systems, Teardowns, hand soldering of components down to 3x3mm QFN, board repair.
Technical Writing
Published author (book chapter, technical papers, etc), Writing workshop "shepherd" award recipient.

Selected Projects and Products


Secure Executive Devices (SED)
Currently developing a secure commercial travel laptop for Corporate Executives of large companies. Developing software to detect hacking attempts and hardware modification. - (Novetta Solutions 2013-2014)
IP Packet Router
Currently developing a multi-hop encrypted IP packet router. The prototype system routed packets in user space through a network of over a dozen virtual cloud servers. - (Novetta Solutions 2012-2104)
DARPA Active Authentication
Currently developing hypervisor based security containers for DARPA's next generation PC platform. - (Novetta Solutions 2104)
Open Source
Some of my open source code can be found at .


Multi-mode GPS Tracker
Designer and implementer of a multi-mode GPS tracker (running on an MSP430) that uses multiple output paths (including SMS and Iridium SBD). Developed in uForth. - (ITT Nexgen 2010)
Motion Sensor for Waking Satellite Transceivers
Circuit and firmware designer of an extremely low power, motion sensing peripheral device for a an Iridium satellite Transceiver. Dsigned around a TI MSP430 and 3 axis accelerometer. - (ITT Nexgen 2007/2008)
Hand Held Tracker for Iridium Satellite System
Lead designer and implementer of a hand held personal tracker device for the Iridium Satellite system. This device is built around an 8-bit AVR microcontroller and the Nexgen Cutlass transciever. - (ITT Nexgen 2007/2008)
I am the designer and implementor of a very lightweight scripting system for 16-bit memory constrained microcontrollers (such as the MSP430) based on a subset of ANS Forth. It is written in ANSI C and itself. It runs on an MSP430 with as little as 2KB RAM and 16KB Flash. (2010)

Personal projects

I have lots of projects, ranging from Internet servers to personal electronics. See some of my code at and visit my blog at to see what I am working on.

Work Experience

Senior Computer Scientist, 9/10 to Present, Novetta Solutions, various locations in MD and VA

  I am developing tools in Haskell, Erlang, Lua, C, Perl, Awk, etc (and whatever else that makes sense) to do secure communication software (and forensics) for personal devices and cloud servers. I am also designing microcontroller based gadgets for a variety of security uses.

Principal Software Engineer, 5/06 to 9/10, NexGen - A wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Defense, Dulles VA

  I worked on all types of embedded device side software solutions for the Iridium Satellite network. I was involved with a number of products and projects involving microcontrollers, encryption, USB, Bluetooth and motion sensor devices. I also designed and implemented protocols for satellite handset authentication under Solaris and Linux.

Senior Systems Engineer, 11/02 to 5/06, L3/Titan, Reston VA

  Lead software engineer for the Integrated Broadcast System (IBS) IBS was a government funded soft realtime message processing system with high availability and performance requirements. I was responsible for the design and architecture of the core system. I was also the designer and implementor of the L3/Titan OWL (One Way Link) network appliance.

Other Positions

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