Postdoctoral Researchers

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 first 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.

Ali Lavasani

Graduate Research Assistant

Ali Lavasani is a first-year graduate student in the ECE department and MNTL, starting in August 2018. Ali has received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, majoring in Electronics, from Sharif University of Technology in Iran, in 2018. His undergraduate research has been focused on wireless data and power telemetry to medical implants. Ali’s current research concerns designing piezoelectric and electro-optic photonic micro-devices for Radio Frequency signal processing, and more specifically, development of photonic integrated circuits (PIC) for widely tunable and high-sensitivity microwave radiometry.

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.

Michael G. Breen

Graduate Research Assistant

Michael Breen is a fifth 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 Awards at 2017 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and 2018 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium.

Yansong Yang

Graduate Research Assistant

Yansong Yang is a fifth 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.

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

Shibin Zhang

Visiting PhD Student

Shibin Zhang is a Ph.D. student from the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his B.E. from the School of Electronic Science and Technology, Southeast University, in June 2015. His undergraduate research includes designing an aircraft space attitude measurement system, a virtual laser keyboard, and upgrading a TEM in-situ sample rod and its power system. His current research interests include RF MEMS devices, optical metamaterials and stress-engineered single crystal functional films.

Past Members: Post-Docs

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 research scientist at Northeastern University, Boston)
Dr. Yong-Ha Song (Oct 2014-Nov 2016, Currently a research scientist at Advanced Defense Development, Daejeon, South Korea)

Past Members: Visiting Scholars

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

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