Graduate Students

Amr Ghoname

Graduate Research Assistant

Amr Ghoname received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, in 2016 and 2020, respectively. From 2016 to 2019, he was working as a teaching and research assistant in ECE department, Ain Shams University while working in parallel as a part time optical design engineer at Si-ware Systems (SWS), Egypt. During his M.Sc., he worked on the development of MEMS based Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral sensor in the mid-infrared (MIR) range. His current research interests include integrated photonics and microsystems for sensing applications.

Liuqing Gao

Graduate Research Assistant

Liuqing Gao is a second year graduate student at UIUC, starting August 2017 with the ECE distinguished graduate fellowship. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UIUC in Dec 2016. Her undergraduate research focus was on simultaneous wireless power transfer and communication to chip-scale systems. Her graduate studies will continue her undergraduate research but also branch into non-reciprocal wireless transmissions.

Steffen Link

Graduate Research Assistant

Steffen Link is a first-year graduate student at UIUC, starting August. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in May 2018. His undergraduate research focused on acoustic resonant tubes for high altitude ballooning and low frequency magnetically coupled devices. His current research interests include RF MEMS and acoustics.

Visiting Scholars


Past Members: Post-Docs

Dr. Yansong Yang (Sep 2019-Oct 2021, Currently an assistant professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
Dr. Ruochen Lu (Sep 2019-Dec 2020, Currently an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin, TX)
Dr. Ming-Huang Li (August 2017-July 2019, Currently an assistant professor at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan)
Dr. Meisam Bahadori (Oct 2018-May 2019, Currently a senior photonic engineer at Elenion Technologies, New York)
Dr. Tomas Manzaneque (Oct 2015-May 2018, Currently a research scientist at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
Dr. Cheng Tu (Nov 2016-June 2018, Currently a associate research fellow at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China)
Dr. Yong-Ha Song (Oct 2014-Nov 2016, Currently a research scientist at Advanced Defense Development, Daejeon, South Korea)

Past Members: Visiting Scholars
Dr. Shibin Zhang (Jan 2019-Jan 2020, Currently an assistant professor at Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Shanghai, China)

Chao-yu Chen (Feb 2018-Dec 2018, Currently a PhD student at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan)
Dr. Daotong Li (Oct 2016-Sep 2017, Currently an assistant professor at Chongqing University, China)
Dr. Tao Wu (Feb 2018-Aug 2018, Currently an assistant professor at ShanghaiTech University, China)
Katie Hutchinson

Past Members: Graduate Students

Dr. Ahmed Emad (Ph.D. 2021, Currentlly a Postdoctoral Researcher atCarnegie Mellon University)
Dr. Ali Kourani (Ph.D. 2021, Currentlly a senior design engineer at Akoustis Technologies)
Ali Lavasani (M.S. 2021, Currentlly an RF systems engineer at Qualcomm)
Dr. Michael G. Breen (Ph.D. 2020, Currently a Lead RF Engineer at Northrop Grumman)
Dr. Ruochen Lu (Ph.D. 2019, Currently an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin, TX)
Dr. Yansong Yang (Ph.D. 2019, Currently an assistant professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
Dr. Anming Gao (Ph.D. 2018, Currently a Staff Engineer at Skyworks)
Sarah Shim (M.S. 2018, Currently a Staff Engineer at Northrop Grumman)
Arunita Kar (M.S. 2018, Currently an Optical Engineer at Honeywell)
Jack Krol (M.S. 2017, Currently a staff engineer at General Electrics)
Brandon Arakawa (M.S. 2017, Currently a staff engineer at Viasat)
Justin Postma (2014, Currently a staff engineer at Power Engineers)


Past Members: Undergraduate Students

Junfeng (Jayden) Guan (Currently a graduate student at UIUC)
Sean Yu (Currently a graduate student at UIUC)
Ryan Sungho Kang (Currently a graduate student at Northeastern Univ)
Gene Shiue (Currently a graduate student at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
Do Youn Kim (Currently a graduate student at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
Ege Iseri (Currently a graduate student at Univ of California at San Diego)
Jingning Tang