ECE 499 - Senior Thesis

Fall 2023

Senior ThesisECE499&BH18230IND2 -    Bruce Hajek
Senior ThesisECE499&BJ18014IND2 -     Jennifer Bernhard
Senior ThesisECE499&DR18186IND2 -    David N Ruzic
Senior ThesisECE499&EK18016IND2 -    Erhan Kudeki
Senior ThesisECE499&ER18112IND2 -    Elyse Rosenbaum
Senior ThesisECE499&GG18376IND2 -    George Gross
Senior ThesisECE499&JE18150IND2 -    J. Gary Eden
Senior ThesisECE499&JJ18293IND2 -    Jianming Jin
Senior ThesisECE499&JL18243IND2 -    Joseph W Lyding
Senior ThesisECE499&KK18009IND2 -    Kyekyoon Kim
Senior ThesisECE499&ML18386IND2 -    Michael Loui
Senior ThesisECE499&MX18013IND2 -    Milton Feng
Senior ThesisECE499&NA18147IND2 -    Narendra Ahuja
Senior ThesisECE499&NH18236IND2 -    Nick Holonyak, Jr
Senior ThesisECE499&NS18176IND2 -    Naresh R Shanbhag
Senior ThesisECE499&PL18253IND2 -    Jean-Pierre Leburton
Senior ThesisECE499&PM18060IND2 -    Pierre Moulin
Senior ThesisECE499&PT18159IND2 -    Philip T Krein
Senior ThesisECE499&RC18259IND2 -    Roy H Campbell
Senior ThesisECE499&RI18370IND2 -    Ravishankar K Iyer
Senior ThesisECE499&RK18348IND2 -    Panganamala R Kumar
Senior ThesisECE499&SF18251IND2 -    Steven J Franke
Senior ThesisECE499&SG18311IND2 -    Gary R Swenson
Senior ThesisECE499&SH18183IND2 -     Seth Hutchinson
Senior ThesisECE499&SJ17955IND2 -    Jose E Schutt-Aine
Senior ThesisECE499&TB17996IND2 -    Tamer Basar
Senior ThesisECE499&TJ18395IND2 -    Josep Torrellas
Senior ThesisECE499&TO18312IND2 -    Thomas J Overbye
Senior ThesisECE499&UR18354IND2 -    Umberto Ravaioli
Senior ThesisECE499&WC17971IND2 -     Weng Chew
Senior ThesisECE499&WH18306IND2 -    William H Sanders
Senior ThesisECE499&WM18385IND2 -    Wen-mei Hwu
Senior ThesisECE499&WO18240IND2 -    Bill O'Brien, Jr.
Senior ThesisECE499&WS18345IND2 -    
Senior ThesisECE499&YB18381IND2 -    Yoram Bresler
Senior ThesisECE499&ZL18170IND2 -    Zhi-Pei Liang
Senior ThesisECE499010018IND2 -    
Senior ThesisECE49900K18360IND2 -    Sanmi Koyejo
Senior ThesisECE499AB70592IND2 -    Arijit Banerjee
Senior ThesisECE499ADG18394IND2 -    Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia
Senior ThesisECE499AGS18118IND2 -     Alexander Schwing
Senior ThesisECE499AH41542IND2 -    Aiguo Han
Senior ThesisECE499ALV18263IND2 -    Juan Alvarez
Senior ThesisECE499AM18162IND2 -    Andrew Miller
Senior ThesisECE499AS18237IND2 -    Andrew Singer
Senior ThesisECE499BL18302IND2 -    Bo Li
Senior ThesisECE499BRJ18361IND2 -    Robert J Brunner
Senior ThesisECE499BS18273IND2 -    Stephen Boppart
Senior ThesisECE499BTC18341IND2 -    Brian T Cunningham
Senior ThesisECE499CB18128IND2 -    Can Bayram
Senior ThesisECE499CK18351IND2 -    Kent D Choquette
Senior ThesisECE499CR18122IND2 -    Chandrasekhar Radhakrishnan
Senior ThesisECE499DC18226IND2 -    Deming Chen
Senior ThesisECE499DF18383IND2 -     David Forsyth
Senior ThesisECE499DH18064IND2 -    Derek W Hoiem
Senior ThesisECE499DK77820IND2 -    Dimitrios Katselis
Senior ThesisECE499DR18327IND2 -    Dan Roth
Senior ThesisECE499DW18136IND2 -    Daniel M Wasserman
Senior ThesisECE499GAO18324IND2 -    Liang Gao
Senior ThesisECE499GD18003IND2 -    Geir Dullerud
Senior ThesisECE499GLL18356IND2 -    Gang Logan Liu
Senior ThesisECE499GP18200IND2 -    
Senior ThesisECE499HAH18371IND2 -    Haitham Al-Hassanieh
Senior ThesisECE499HJ77649IND2 -    Heng Ji
Senior ThesisECE499HS18143IND2 -    Humphrey Shi
Senior ThesisECE499HZ18203IND2 -    Hao Zhu
Senior ThesisECE499IG18223IND2 -    Indranil Gupta
Senior ThesisECE499IOA18358IND2 -    Idoia Ochoa
Senior ThesisECE499IR18392IND2 -    Raluca Ilie
Senior ThesisECE499JBA18280IND2 -    Jont Allen
Senior ThesisECE499JD18337IND2 -     John Dallesasse
Senior ThesisECE499JJM18190IND2 -    Jonathan Makela
Senior ThesisECE499JYB18368IND2 -    Yuliy Baryshnikov
Senior ThesisECE499JZ70587IND2 -    Jin Zhou
Senior ThesisECE499KCC18295IND2 -    Kevin Chenchuan Chang
Senior ThesisECE499KF17962IND2 -    Farzad Kamalabadi
Senior ThesisECE499KH18373IND2 -    Kiruba Sivasubramaniam Haran
Senior ThesisECE499LD17965IND2 -    Daniel M Liberzon
Senior ThesisECE499LG18172IND2 -    Lynford L Goddard
Senior ThesisECE499LL18139IND2 -    Minjoo Lawrence Lee
Senior ThesisECE499LRS61053IND2 -     Lui Sha
Senior ThesisECE499LS17973IND2 -    Stephen E Levinson
Senior ThesisECE499LV18316IND2 -    Lav R Varshney
Senior ThesisECE499LW18247IND2 -    Lara Waldrop
Senior ThesisECE499LY18399IND2 -    Yi Lu
Senior ThesisECE499MAB17960IND2 -    Mohamed Ali Belabbas
Senior ThesisECE499MB18268IND2 -     Michael Bailey
Senior ThesisECE499MC71320IND2 -     Matthew Caesar
Senior ThesisECE499MD18277IND2 -    Minh N Do
Senior ThesisECE499MDW18233IND2 -    Martin D F Wong
Senior ThesisECE499MG18365IND2 -    Matthew Gilbert
Senior ThesisECE499MHJ18357IND2 -     Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
Senior ThesisECE499MLO18194IND2 -    Michael L Oelze
Senior ThesisECE499MR18153IND2 -    Maxim Raginsky
Senior ThesisECE499NB18248IND2 -    Nikita Borisov
Senior ThesisECE499ND41549IND2 -     David M. Nicol
Senior ThesisECE499NSK18352IND2 -    Nam Sung Kim
Senior ThesisECE499NV17967IND2 -    Nitin H Vaidya
Senior ThesisECE499OM18156IND2 -    Olgica Milenkovic
Senior ThesisECE499P-S17998IND2 -    Paris Smaragdis
Senior ThesisECE499PB18380IND2 -    Peter Bajcsy
Senior ThesisECE499PD18375IND2 -    Peter D Dragic
Senior ThesisECE499PK70693IND2 -    Paul G Kwiat
Senior ThesisECE499PKH18244IND2 -    Pavan Kumar Hanumolu
Senior ThesisECE499PV18390IND2 -    Pramod Viswanath
Senior ThesisECE499RAK18165IND2 -    Rakesh Kumar
Senior ThesisECE499RB18355IND2 -    Rohit Bhargava
Senior ThesisECE499RPP18287IND2 -    Robert Pilawa-Podgurski
Senior ThesisECE499RRC17969IND2 -    Romit Roy Choudhury
Senior ThesisECE499RS41557IND2 -    Rayadurgam Srikant
Senior ThesisECE499RVB18320IND2 -    Rashid Bashir
Senior ThesisECE499SA73702IND2 -    Sarita V Adve
Senior ThesisECE499SB18344IND2 -    Subhonmesh Bose
Senior ThesisECE499SC18068IND2 -     P. Scott Carney
Senior ThesisECE499SG18134IND2 -    Songbin Gong
Senior ThesisECE499SJP18261IND2 -    Sung-Jin Park
Senior ThesisECE499SL18378IND2 -     Steven Lumetta
Senior ThesisECE499SM18389IND2 -    Sayan Mitra
Senior ThesisECE499SP18299IND2 -    Sanjay Patel
Senior ThesisECE499SV18397IND2 -    Shobha Vasudevan
Senior ThesisECE499TA18210IND2 -    Tarek Abdelzaher
Senior ThesisECE499TK71180IND2 -    T Kesavadas
Senior ThesisECE499TWB18056IND2 -    Timothy Bretl
Senior ThesisECE499VG18131IND2 -    Viktor Gruev
Senior ThesisECE499VK17950IND2 -    Volodymyr Kindratenko
Senior ThesisECE499VS18283IND2 -     Victoria Shao
Senior ThesisECE499VV18126IND2 -    Venugopal V. Veeravalli
Senior ThesisECE499WK18387IND2 -    Bill King
Senior ThesisECE499WZ17958IND2 -    Wenjuan Zhu
Senior ThesisECE499XG70694IND2 -    Grace Xingxin Gao
Senior ThesisECE499XL18363IND2 -    Xiuling Li
Senior ThesisECE499YCH18197IND2 -    Yih-Chun Hu
Senior ThesisECE499YW18179IND2 -    Yihong Wu
Senior ThesisECE499ZC73704IND2 -    Zuofu Cheng
Senior ThesisECE499ZZ18401IND2 -    Zhizhen Jane Zhao

Official Description

Completion of the research project begun under ECE 496. Preparation and oral presentation of a written thesis that reports the results of the project. Course Information: 2 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. To fulfill the Advanced Composition Requirement, credit must be earned for both ECE 496 and ECE 499. Prerequisite: ECE 496 and consent of instructor.

Subject Area

  • Undergraduate Project, Seminar, and Thesis

Course Director


Completion of the research project begun under ECE 497. Preparation and oral presentation of a written thesis that reports the results of the project.


No graduate credit for this course.

Detailed Description and Outline

No graduate credit for this course.

Topical Prerequisites

ECE 496 and consent of instructor.

Course Goals

ECE 499 is the second course of a two course sequence of Senior Project (ECE 496) + Senior Thesis taken by high-achieving EE and CE majors as an alternative to ECE 445 - Senior Design.

The purpose of ECE 499 is to complete the individual research project begun (and perhaps completed) in ECE 496 and compose, to high academic standards, a thesis reporting on the project. Since this is a capstone course that, in tandem with ECE 496, brings to bear all the skills and knowledge gained in the student's undergraduate career, it satisfies all the Student Outcomes 1-7 specified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), with particular emphasis on Outcomes 3 (Communication), 4 (Professionalism), 6 (Analysis), and 7 (Learning).

ABET Program Outcomes and Assessment. ECE 496 and 499 address the following:

1. Principles: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics (1)

This is an important attribute of successful senior thesis projects undertaken in ECE496 and ECE 499. Senior theses developed under ECE 496/499 span the full breadth of EE and CE disciplines and focus on research problems closely related to the research activities of ECE faculty who advise the students taking ECE 496/499. Projects include varying mixes of modeling studies and simulations, laboratory work and/or device fabrication, and analyses of laboratory and/or simulation data using state-of-the-art methodologies and tools.

2. Design: an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors (2)

The major focus of the senior project is to have the student explore complex problems in branches of electrical and computer engineering and provide innovative solutions that require consideration of realistic constraints and engineering standards and build upon knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work. Both laboratory work and measurements undertaken as a part of senior thesis projects, as well as associated modeling and simulation work and coding, involve the use of and comparisons of competing techniques and approaches, and the identification of best fitting solutions for problems under study.

3. Communication: an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences (3)

ECE 496 students complete three progress reports in weeks 9, 12, and 15, while ECE 499 students complete two additional progress reports before submitting a thesis at the end of the semester. The thesis draft completed by week 14 is checked by ECE Editorial Services for grammar, style, and format, and students make their final submission by week 16. Students present their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the final weeks of the semester. ECE 496/499 meets the campus Advanced Composition (Comp II) requirement.

4. Professionalism: an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts (4)

Teamwork and professionalism are natural components of ECE 496/499 as the students interact with graduate students in research groups of faculty advisors who oversee the Senior Thesis projects. Group meetings attended by the students expose them to the dynamics of advanced engineering research environments where many issues related to ethics and professionalism come up.

5. Teamwork: an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives (5)

Again, students taking ECE 496/499 work within the research group environment of the advising faculty and work very closely with graduate students who guide them through their projects.

6. Analysis: an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions (6)

Analysis of complex engineering problems is an essential aspect of all ECE 496/499 thesis projects. This includes problem analysis prior to proposing solutions and designs to address the main thesis questions as well as the analysis of data and measurements used in testing the proposed designs and solutions.

7. Learning: an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies (7)

ECE 496/499 projects provide an opportunity for the students to learn advanced research concepts and tools which build upon the knowledge acquired in earlier courses taken in related areas of ECE. Beyond the application of knowledge acquired in courses, the Senior Thesis requires a student to acquire and apply new knowledge in their chosen research area, as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. The job of a thesis advisor includes the task of guiding a student in the search for new knowledge in the research literature, and in the learning and application of the knowledge necessary for completion of the Senior Thesis. Additionally, the student appreciates the role research in the production of new knowledge.

Instructional Objectives

By the time the student completes the two progress reports required in weeks 3 and 6 they should:

  • Have completed all, or nearly all, of the technical, theoretical, and scholarly research required for the thesis (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
  • Have preliminary understanding of the project's results and their significance (1,2,6,7)
  • Have effectively reported results, challenges, and future work to adviser and other research group members (3,4,5)

By the time the student completes the thesis draft due in week 11 they should have:

  • Strong command of the project's results and their significance (1,2,6,7)
  • Continued developing both their technical/scientific and their scholarly/writing skills (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

By the time the student presents their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the final weeks of the semester they should have:

  • Thorough command of the project's results and their significance (1,2,6,7)
  • Developed their speaking and data presentation skills to a high level (3,4)

By the time the student deposits the final thesis to the Undergraduate Advising Office in week 16 they should have:

  • Polished their technical engineering and research skills to meet or exceed the standards of graduate school or a professional research unit in the private or public sector (1,2,5,6,7)
  • Polished their writing, data presentation, and scholarly skills to meet or exceed the standards of graduate school or a professional research unit in the private or public sector (3,4,7)

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