Hey, I’m

Joseph Telaak

I am a Junior Computer Engineering Major at UofSC and a recent SCGSSM graduate. My interests include embedded systems and network systems architecture. I am currently working on multiple projects, but I am primarily working on my self driving golf cart. Most of my projects involve combining robotics, embedded hardware, artificial intelligence, computer vision, IoT, and networking.


UofSC SyReX Lab - Undergraduate Researcher

Jan 2023 - Ongoing

Columbia, SC

  • - Worked with mmWave radar to detect and track objects on the road
  • - Developed scripts in Python and MATLAB to automate data collection and analysis
  • - Created a dataset of radar, LiDAR, GPS, and video data

GSSM - Instructor

Jan 2023 - Jan 2023

Hartsville, SC

  • - Tought the Engineering Projects interim course to over a dozen students
  • - Helped students with project managment, hardware design, and software development
  • - Some projects included a biogel printer, a patio structure, welding, and numerous robotics projects

GSSM Smart Golf Cart - Founder and Lead Engineer

Jan 2022 - June 2022

Hartsville, SC

  • - Lead a team of 6 students in developing both hardware and software for a fleet of self driving golf carts
  • - We received over $50,000 in grants from Google, SC Department of Education, and the GSSM Foundation
  • - I designed the control system hardware and software (See project page)

UofSC Cyberinfrastructure Lab - Research Intern

June 2021 - July 2021

Columbia, SC

  • - Researched applications of P4 switches.
  • - Developed a suite of automated tests for throughput and packet loss measurements.


University of South Carolina

2022 - 2024

Columbia, SC

  • B.S.E in Computer Engineering
  • B.S in Mathematics
  • - ACM Code-A-Thon winner
  • - Rocketry Club Avionics Team Lead

South Carolina Governors School for Science and Mathematics

2020 - 2022

Hartsville, SC

  • High School Diploma
  • Concentration in Computer Science and Mathematics
  • - Created ENGIN 210 Projects course
  • - Founded the GSSM Golf Cart Project
  • - Programming Captain of FTC Robotics Team
  • - SPARK! Computer Science and Robotics instructor
  • - SPARK! Python leader


FIRST Robotics

Feb 2022 - Ongoing


  • - Volunteered at various FIRST Robotics events including FTC and FRC
  • - I helped with mentoring, feild reset, and am shadowing as an FTA
  • - Asked to speak at both the Hartsville and Anderson FRC events

GSSM SPARK! Computer Science and Robotics Instructor

June 2020 - July 2022

Hartsville, SC

  • - I helped pilot and teach an 8-week Python bootcamp
  • - I also taught other subjects including Computer Science and Robotics
  • - Much of the program was focused on underprivileged middle and high school students across SC

Scouts BSA

2017 - 2022

Myrtle Beach, SC & Charlotte, NC

  • - Contributed to countless community service projects
  • - Assisted my troop as ASPL (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader), Patrol Leader, and Webmaster



Self-Driving Golf Cart