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William H. Sanders
Department Head
306 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-2300
Fax: (217) 244-7075

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Lara Waldrop

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lara  Waldrop
Lara Waldrop
Assistant Professor
306 Coordinated Science Lab MC 228
1308 W. Main St.
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-5129


Ph.D., Astronomy and Space Physics, Boston University, 2004.

Research Interests

  • Development of optical and radar remote sensing techniques
  • Computational modeling of radiative processes
  • Space plasma diagnostics

Teaching Honors

  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, UIUC (2013)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, UIUC (2011)

Research Honors

  • Keynote Speaker, The Gordon Lecture, Cornell University (2013)
  • NSF CEDAR Postdoctoral Award (2004-2006)
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union (1997)
  • Boston University Trustee's Scholar (1993-1997)

Public Service Honors

  • Member, NSF CEDAR Science Steering Committee, 2007-2009.
  • Arecibo Observatory Users and Scientific Advisory Committee, Chair (2012-2014), Member (2010)