Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Tomás Manzaneque

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Tomás Manzaneque received his B.E. and Master degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Castillla–La Mancha (Spain) in 2006 and 2008, respectively. During his Ph. D. research, within the Microsystems, Actuators and Sensors Group at the same university, he worked on piezoelectric MEMS resonators for sensing applications in liquid media. Throughout this period, he authored or co-authored 20 journal papers with focus on modelling, design, characterization and implementation of interface circuits. In 2015, he joined the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. His current research focuses on the design and fabrication of RF-MEMS devices.

Dr. Cheng Tu

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Tu received the B.E. and M.S. degrees in Electronic Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from City University of Hong Kong in September, 2016. During his Ph. D studies, his research interests focus on accurate modeling, energy loss mechanisms analysis and Q-boosting approaches in AlN-on-silicon MEMS resonators. Besides piezoelectric transduction, his work also includes investigation for other actuation approaches (capacitive and thermal) and detection methods (capacitive and piezoresistive) in MEMS resonators. During his Ph. D research, he has authored or co-authored more than 20 journal and conference papers.

Dr. Ming-Huang Li

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Ming-Huang Li received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (minor in Electrical Engineering) from the National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan, in 2009. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the Institute of NanoEnigneering and MicroSystems, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. During his Ph.D. studies, he worked on temperature-stable, ultra-low-power ovenized CMOS-MEMS oscillators for timing reference applications. In addition to MEMS resonator design, his research also includes low noise analog front-end (AFE) circuits for MEMS oscillator and capacitive sensor applications. Dr. Li has co-authored more than 30 journal and conference papers during his Ph.D. research.

Graduate Students

Ahmed Emad

Graduate Research Assistant

Ahmed Emad received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, in 2011 and 2016, respectively. From 2011 to 2015 he was working as a full time Product Engineer at Si-ware Systems (SWS) while working on his M.Sc. Then from 2015 till 2017 he worked for Mentor Graphics as an IC design consultant. During his M.Sc. he worked on energy harvesting from mechanical vibration using piezoelectric MEMS devices. His current research interests include RF MEMS/NEMS, sensors applications, timing and frequency sources, and CMOS-MEMS integration.

Ali Kourani

Graduate Research Assistant

Ali Kourani started as a second year PhD student in Aug 2016. Ali has received his B.S and M.S degrees in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Ain Shams University and The American University in Cairo, Egypt in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Before Joining UIUC, He was a Research Assistant at the Center of Nanoelectronics and Devices, Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt; where, he was working on RF MEMS reference oscillators for LTE wireless communications. He joined Imec, Belgium as visiting scholar in May 2015 for 3 months, where he implemented high resolution temperature sensors for CMOS imaging sensing systems. His research interests include MEMS radios, RF/mm-wave IC design, and fractional N-PLLs.

Anming Gao

Graduate Research Assistant

Anming Gao is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign staring in summer 2014. He has received his B.S. degree and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering respectively from Anhui University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2010 and 2013. Before joining UIUC, he did one year of radar research in Colorado State University. During his master studies, Anming participated several research projects on mobile/body antennas, microstrip filters and RF integrated circuits. His research interests inlcude RF MEMS devices and reconfigurable RF subsystems.

Arunita Kar

Graduate Research Assistant

Arunita Kar is a third year graduate student at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research in the field of photonics, where her project involved photodetection with graphene-integrated whispering-gallery-mode microresonators. Her current research focuses on MOEMS resonators and their applications in RF signal modulation.

Liuqing Gao

Graduate Research Assistant

Liuqing Gao will be a first 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.

Michael G. Breen

Graduate Research Assistant

Michael Breen is a fourth year graduate student at UIUC. He received a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Maine in Orono in 2014. During his time as an undergraduate at UMaine, his research experience involved designing systems to wirelessly interrogate surface acoustic wave temperature sensors. Michael's research interests include the use of RF MEMS devices in wireless communications.

Ruochen Lu

Graduate Research Assistant

Ruochen Lu received the B.E. degree in microelectronics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2014, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana– Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, in 2017, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. His research interests include radio frequency microsystems and the exploitation of their nonlinearities for timing and signal processing applications. He is a recipient of the 2015 Lam Graduate Award from the College of Engineering, UIUC, and the 2016 Nick Holonyak, Jr. Graduate Research Award from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UIUC. He also received the Best Paper Award at 2017 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium.

Sarah Shim

Graduate Research Assistant

Sarah (Yoonji) Shim started as a first year M.S student in Aug 2016. Sarah has received her B.S degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. For her ECE senior thesis research, Sarah has worked on the initial proof of concept for the new generation intraocular visual prosthetic. Her undergraduate research experience include developing a multi-beam incoherent scatter radar technique for measuring the effect of solar flare on ionospheric electron density as well as designing and implementing a real-time face detection algorithm on FPGA. Her main research interests include, bioelectronics, RF microsystems, and computational electromagnetics. Along with her research, Sarah works as a technical commercial analyst for the Office of Technology Management, UI.

Yansong Yang

Graduate Research Assistant

Yansong Yang is a fourth year grad student starting fall 2014. He received his B.E. from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Huazhong Universtiy of Science and Technology, in June 2014. His undergraduate research experience includes designing a micro-grid power supply system and photovoltaic cells based energy genration. He plans to focus his graduate study and research on RF micro-systems and their system-level reconfigurability.

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Tao Wu

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Tao Wu received the B.S. degree from the Zhejiang University China in 2007 (with honors), and earned his M.S. and Ph.D degrees from University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 and 2011, respectively. After graduation, he worked as a Process TD Engineer in Intel Corp. (Hillsboro, OR), focusing on high quality metal and low temperature oxide deposition using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). From 2014/08 to 2015/06, he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Prof. Roger T. Howe’s group, Stanford University and leading a Google ATAP funded monocentric imager project. After that, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Northeastern University leading a DARPA funded Nero-Zero sensor project using novel AlN RF transformer/resonant-switch technique. Since July 2017, he is with the School of Information Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University as an Assistant Professor, and PI of Shanghaitech Microsystem & Advanced MateriaLs Laboratory (SMALL). His research interests include novel multiferroic materials and transducers, Micro-/Nano-Electro-Mechanical system, Micro-/Nano-manufacturing and advanced semiconductor processing.

Past Members: Post-Docs

Dr. Yong-Ha Song (2016, Currently a research scientist at Advanced Defense Development, Daejeon, South Korea)

Past Members: Visiting Scholars

Dr. Daotong Li (2016, Currently an assistant professor at Chongqing University, China)
Katie Hutchinson

Past Members: Graduate Student

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 Student

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