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Faculty Statements on Undergraduate Research

Narendra Ahuja

Undergraduate student can participate in research projects in the areas of computer vision, pattern recognition, human computer interaction, novel cameras and image and video retrieval.

Gaurav Bahl

The optomechanics / photonic MEMS group has summer (2014) research opportunities for undergraduate students with a strong background in circuit design and microcontroller programming. Specific tasks will include building PID controllers with discrete COTS components for laser stabilization, and programming of Arduino-based sensor systems. Interested students should contact Prof. Bahl with a complete CV highlighting relevant experience at In general our group almost always has multiple research opportunities for undergraduate students with a strong interest in physics, optics & photonics, and nanomechanics. Topics include microcavity lasers, extreme-nonlinear optics, new sources of radiation, ultra-tunable oscillators, and optomechanical sensors and actuators. Interested students should contact Prof. Bahl with a complete CV.

Rashid Bashir

We are looking for undergraduate students interested in integrating Nanotechnology with Biotechnology for diagnostics, therapeutics, and tissue engineering.

Can Bayram

Our group welcomes highly motivated undergraduate researchers from any department (particularly from ECE and Physics) who have strong background in solid state physics and semiconductor devices. Qualified UG researchers might take ECE 397 INDIVIDUAL STUDY class with multiple credits from Prof. Bayram and are expected to use/develop simulation tools; perform hands-on microfabrication in the cleanroom, and carry out experiments in the ICORLAB. UG students are encouraged to apply for the graduate school. Interested students are encouraged to contact Prof. Can Bayram directly via email.

Jennifer Bernhard

Students with an interest in applied electromagnetics, including antennas and high frequency circuits, are encouraged to contact me via e-mail. The background required for an undergraduate research position in my lab includes good performance in ECE 329 and ECE 450, with other advanced EM courses always a plus. For first- and second-year students who haven't taken these courses yet, opportunities may exist from semester to semester to help with the research projects of advanced undergraduates or graduate students, but at a more basic level.

Rohit Bhargava

Undergraduate researchers in Prof. Bhargava's group help develop methods for diagnosing and grading cancer, in developing nanoparticle probes for optical imaging, in tissue engineering and in developing new computer software.

Stephen Boppart

There is a long history of undergraduate research opportunities in Prof. Boppart's Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory. Over the last 8 years, over 30 undergraduate students have conducted research leading to an undergraduate thesis. Research areas cover aspects of optical imaging and physics, signal and imaging processing, image acquisition systems, biomedical optics and biophotonics, and laser and optical source development. Undergraduate research experiences typically extend over three or more semesters, and result in the completion of an undergraduate thesis and a departmental symposium presentation. Exceptional research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences.

Andreas Cangellaris

Current undergraduate research opportunities in our group involve: a) application of circuit and electromagnetic theory concepts to the understanding and quantitative assessment of electromagnetic interference effects in high-speed electronic systems and their impact on system signal integrity; b) behavioral modeling of MEMS devices.

Deming Chen

Behavioral synthesis for low power (preferred background: ECE425) Circuits process variation modeling (preferred background: STAT/MATH451) SoC (system-on-a-chip) design (preferred background: ECE385 and ECE391) Logic synthesis (preferred background: ECE425 and ECE462)

Weng Chew

Prof. Chew welcomes undergraduates to work in his research group.

Kent Choquette

The Photonic device research group is involved in the study of semiconductor photonic and optoelectronic device physics, fabrication technologies, and systems with a strong emphasis on vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs). Photonic devices are key components for the infrastructure of the Information Age. Active devices, such as VCSELs, are the foundation for short and soon medium length optical fiber based interconnect applications. Currently there are research efforts to develop new VCSEL devices, such as composite resonator VCSELs and vertical cavity photonic integrated circuits, as well as to establish new VCSEL applications, such as 2-dimensional source and receiver arrays for high aggregate rate interconnects. Group research into new compound semiconductor processing technologies, such as selective oxidation and heterogeneous integration techniques is also pursued. Finally, the next generation of photonic devices, such as photonic crystal membrane lasers, waveguides and nanocavities, which will enable the next generation of quantum optic communication networks, as well as opto-fluidic microsystems for lab-on-the-chip sensing and health care are under under study. Undergraduate student researchers should have completed a introduction course on photonics, such as ECE304, ECE455, or ECE495 and have interest in experimental laboratory activities.

John Dallesasse

The Advanced Semiconductor Device and Integration Group welcomes the participation of undergraduates in the research process through independent study projects, undergraduate thesis projects, and through information working relationships. A limited number of slots are available, but interested individuals are encouraged to contact Professor Dallesasse or one of his graduate students.

Milton Feng

RF and Microwave Device and ICs design

Lynford Goddard

1. The Photonic Systems Laboratory is accepting applications for undergraduate students interested in completing a senior research thesis in AY 2014-2015. The student must have a solid academic record and be self motivated, eager to test out new measurement or simulation techniques, and able to commit the time and effort during the academic year necessary to complete the thesis (usually >10 hours per week). Programming skills in LabVIEW or Matlab, or prior research experience or coursework in Optics would be a definite plus. Interested applicants should email an updated resume to Professor Goddard.

2. The group is also looking for an undergraduate student (at any grade level) who has taken ECE 444 to develop processing recipes for depositing silicon dioxide using the new LPCVD machine in MNTL. The student would also assist with photolithography, etching, and measuring the optical loss of the resulting devices.

Songbin Gong

Prof. Gong welcomes undergraduates to work in his research group.

Lippold Haken

I encourage undergraduates that would like to do research towards designing and implementing devices to look into ECE395. The primary goal of ECE395 is to build the device; you decide on all hardware components, PCB layout, software programming, motor control or any mechanical aspects you may have, etc. If you develop novel algorithms or techniques you may optionally present your results at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and optionally show your work at Engineering Open House.

Mark Hasegawa-Johnson

Professor Hasegawa-Johnson typically supervises one or two undergraduate research projects per year, thesis research preferred. Past student theses include automatic recognition of musical genre, factorial HMMs for the automatic recognition of speech in music backgrounds, prosody-dependent speech recognition, image source modeling of room impulse response, sonorancy classification for automatic language ID, phonetic landmark detection for automatic language ID, and digital field recorder for acquisition of a natural audio database.

Geoffrey Herman

I welcome any student who is interested in improving engineering education to join me in improving their own learning experiences and those of their peers through undergraduate research opportunities.

Naira Hovakimyan

We have two undergraduate students working in our lab: Luis Urrutia (MechSE, UIUC) and Ye Lwin Oo (MechSE, UIUC).

Douglas Jones

Research in ultra-low-power systems. Students should have taken, enjoyed, and done well in ECE 410; depending on specific project ECE 420, ECE 391, ECE 395, ECE 342/343 preferred. Research in 3D audio: methods for recreating accurate 3D perception of the direction of sound through headphones from data recorded with various microphone arrays. Students should have taken, enjoyed, and done well in ECE 410; ECE 420 preferred.

Philip Krein

Each year, several undergraduate students are supported to conduct research within the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics (CEME). Activities range from circuit board layout and construction to advanced research projects. Students work side by side with graduate students and faculty to carry out experimental activities in energy, electromechanics, and power electronics. CEME has one of the largest undergraduate research programs in the department.

Erhan Kudeki

Projects in ionospheric radar signal processing for students with ECE 310 and 313 background.

Rakesh Kumar

I am looking for motivated undergraduate students to join my group. Email if you want to do research in computer architecture, reconfigurable computing, or hardware/software interface. See our research/publications pages ( for a sampling of our research. Please attach your CV as well.

Paul Kwiat

I routinely have talented undergraduates working in my group. They typically begin assisting with ongoing projects before taking responsibility for their own research project. Much of the research has resulted in published papers, with the students as co-authors.

Stephen Levinson

My lab is engaged in research intended to design and test anthropomorphic robots that learn as children do by experience with the environment. We are especially interested in language acquisition. Most undergraduates do not have the necessary background to do independent work in this area. However, there have been a few successful undergraduate projects related to the control hardware and software of the robots. Students who have an interest in this area are encouraged to discuss potential projects with me.

Xiuling Li

Research positions available to highly motivated undergraduate students who have strong interests in semiconductor materials, processing, and devices, and firm commitment to research. Past undergraduate student researchers in professor Li's group have produced first-author papers, patents, and conference presentations. Interested students please contact Prof. Li with complete CV.

Michael Loui

Undergraduates can participate in the following projects: (1) identify student misconceptions about circuits, diodes, and transistors in ECE 110; (2) assess the effectiveness of diversity harnessing in promoting student engagement in ECE 101; (3) study the nonacademic experiences that promote the retention of women in engineering; and (4) categorize the ethical issues in computing research. Undergraduates can also propose projects in engineering education research. Student researchers should have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Joseph Lyding

Our group regularly involves undergraduate researchers in nanotechnology projects aimed at gaining an atomic level understanding of important phenomena that govern the development of nanoelectronic devices. Current projects involve the use of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study carbon nanotubes, graphene and bonded silicon wafers. We are also involved in controlling the growth of carbon nanotubes.

Sayan Mitra

We are looking for juniors/seniors with solid programming skills (E.g., C/C++, Java, Matlab) and who intend to go to grad school in one of the related research areas. Preference will be given to those who can commit to working at least 4-5 hours a week for a couple of semesters. You will work closely with one of the graduate students towards developing software tools or applying them to verify a systems. Take a look at some of the research projects.

David Nicol

I have almost always had undergraduates working on my research team. I support undergraduate summer interns.

Michael Oelze

Several projects are available for undergraduate research including the use of coding schemes to enhance ultrasonic imaging capabilities, devising improved measurement and calibration techniques for ultrasonic imaging, and quantifying materials using ultrasound. Students involved in these research opportunities will learn to characterize and calibrate ultrasonic sources, process data, and develop important laboratory skills.

Gabriel Popescu

We are actively looking for undergraduate students with programing skills, C/C++, CUDA, OpenCV, Qt, Java, interested in developing the new generation of automated microscopes.

Umberto Ravaioli

Semiconductor device simulation based on Monte Carlo particle models, in particular nanoscale MOSFETs and non-volatile memories. Charge transport in biological ion channels. Cyberinfrastructure activities for research and education.

Elyse Rosenbaum

We occasionally have opportunities for undergraduate students to assist with laboratory automation or IC layout.

William Sanders

As Director of the Information Trust Institute, I coordinated (with other faculty and staff) the development of a significant summer intern program. The program paired promising undergraduate students from around the world with ITI faculty members who are doing research on information trust topics (including security, reliability, safety, privacy, survivability, and correctness) that are relevant to the students' interests. Many of the summer interns had previously been limited to classroom work, and were excited by their experiences attacking real-world research problems and interacting with professors on an informal, individual basis. Several students reported that their internships had encouraged them to pursue graduate studies, particularly at Illinois, even if they had not previously considered postgraduate work. Faculty members also appreciated the program, since it not only provided direct support for their research efforts through the students' work, but also allowed them to build relationships with outstanding undergraduates, possibly leading to graduate work or other collaborations. In 2007, 18 students from around the U.S. and as far away as Serbia and India participated in the program. The internships, which are supported by state and federal funds, include stipends and, in some cases, an allocation for travel expenses. Interested undergraduate students in their second or third year at any university can apply for the program by following directions on the ITI web site (

Peter Sauer

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Christopher Schmitz

Juniors and seniors interested in communication theory are encouraged to discuss potential projects with me.  Several projects in the areas of signal processing and communications can be discussed. I also will entertain ideas for projects at the freshmen/sophomore levels focused more on circuits.

Naresh Shanbhag

Research opportunities exist for the creative, enthusiastic and hardworking undergraduate in the areas of integrated circuit design, VLSI architectures for DSP and communications, and applied signal processing and communication system design.

Andrew Singer

Underwater acoustic communications research. Matlab and signal processing knowledge required.

Brad Sutton

During various disease states and even during healthy aging, the human brain undergoes dramatic changes in structural and functional organization, along with changes in metabolic support structures. Magnetic resonance imaging offers many windows into this changing physiology. Analysis of such changes requires applications of linear algebra and statistics upon very large data sets. Currently, there are positions for undergraduates to learn and apply structural analysis methodologies to disease populations such as multiple sclerosis.

Gary Swenson

Three undergraduates were involved in our Research Group, in the development of new receivers for our Na wind/temperature lidar. The students were Ben Graf, Tony Mangognia, and Ben Krop. Ben Graf and Tony Mangognia are now graduate students. There contributions were outstanding as was the professional engineering problem solving experiences in working with our group. Tony is the lead TA for ECE 445 this semester.

Nitin Vaidya

Prof. Vaidya's research group conducts research in the area of distributed algorithms and systems, and wireless networks. Opportunities are sometimes available for undergraduate students interested in working on distributed systems or wireless networks. Suitable students will have taken at least one of ECE/CS 438; ECE/CS 439 or ECE 428/CS 425.

Lav Varshney

I broadly aim to understand signals and information in modern sociotechnical systems and seek undergraduate students interested in information theory and statistical signal processing to join my research group.

Venugopal Veeravalli

The Illinois Center for Wireless Systems (ICWS) supports undergraduate scholars who are interested in working on topics related to wireless communication. Please see

Hao Zhu

Prof. H. Zhu looks forward to working with undergraduate students with good analytic and math background.