ECE 496

ECE 496 - Senior Research Project

Fall 2021

Senior Research ProjectECE496&SM71179IND2 -    Sasa Misailovic
Senior Research ProjectECE496&SR76581IND2 -    Shaloo Rakheja
Senior Research ProjectECE496058246IND2 -    
Senior Research ProjectECE496AB60807IND2 -    Arijit Banerjee
Senior Research ProjectECE496AC57886IND2 -    Andreas C Cangellaris
Senior Research ProjectECE496ACS58011IND2 -    Andrew Singer
Senior Research ProjectECE496ADG57898IND2 -    Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia
Senior Research ProjectECE496AGS57881IND2 -     Alexander Schwing
Senior Research ProjectECE496AH67625IND2 -    Aiguo Han
Senior Research ProjectECE496ALV57993IND2 -    Juan Alvarez
Senior Research ProjectECE496AM67621IND2 -    Andrew Miller
Senior Research ProjectECE496AS72437IND2 -     Ashlynn Stillwell
Senior Research ProjectECE496BC57896IND2 -    Brian T Cunningham
Senior Research ProjectECE496BH57906IND2 -    Bruce Hajek
Senior Research ProjectECE496BL57912IND2 -    Bo Li
Senior Research ProjectECE496BRJ57895IND2 -    Robert J Brunner
Senior Research ProjectECE496BS57917IND2 -    Subhonmesh Bose
Senior Research ProjectECE496CB64303IND2 -    Can Bayram
Senior Research ProjectECE496CR65962IND2 -    Chandrasekhar Radhakrishnan
Senior Research ProjectECE496CS58772IND2 -    Christopher Schmitz
Senior Research ProjectECE496DC57891IND2 -    Deming Chen
Senior Research ProjectECE496DF67053IND2 -     David Forsyth
Senior Research ProjectECE496DH57937IND2 -    Derek W Hoiem
Senior Research ProjectECE496DK71306IND2 -    Dimitrios Katselis
Senior Research ProjectECE496DL57935IND2 -    Daniel M Liberzon
Senior Research ProjectECE496DLJ57923IND2 -    Douglas L Jones
Senior Research ProjectECE496DMN57997IND2 -     David M. Nicol
Senior Research ProjectECE496DNR57878IND2 -    David N Ruzic
Senior Research ProjectECE496EC72704IND2 -     Eric Chitambar
Senior Research ProjectECE496EH57928IND2 -    Erhan Kudeki
Senior Research ProjectECE496ER58006IND2 -    Elyse Rosenbaum
Senior Research ProjectECE496FK57924IND2 -    Farzad Kamalabadi
Senior Research ProjectECE496GC72809IND2 -    Girish Chowdhary
Senior Research ProjectECE496GG57904IND2 -    George Gross
Senior Research ProjectECE496GLL57936IND2 -    Gang Logan Liu
Senior Research ProjectECE496GP58004IND2 -    Gabriel Popescu
Senior Research ProjectECE496GS62529IND2 -    Gary R Swenson
Senior Research ProjectECE496HAH67626IND2 -    Haitham Al-Hassanieh
Senior Research ProjectECE496HZ63364IND2 -    Hao Zhu
Senior Research ProjectECE496IG61992IND2 -    Indranil Gupta
Senior Research ProjectECE496IOA62622IND2 -    Idoia Ochoa
Senior Research ProjectECE496IR57991IND2 -    Raluca Ilie
Senior Research ProjectECE496IS58015IND2 -    Ilan Shomorony
Senior Research ProjectECE496JA57876IND2 -    Jont Allen
Senior Research ProjectECE496JB57880IND2 -     Jennifer Bernhard
Senior Research ProjectECE496JD59772IND2 -     John Dallesasse
Senior Research ProjectECE496JES58009IND2 -    Jose E Schutt-Aine
Senior Research ProjectECE496JGE57899IND2 -    J. Gary Eden
Senior Research ProjectECE496JH71274IND2 -    Jian Huang
Senior Research ProjectECE496JJ57922IND2 -    Jianming Jin
Senior Research ProjectECE496JJM57992IND2 -    Jonathan Makela
Senior Research ProjectECE496JK57926IND2 -    Joohyung Kim
Senior Research ProjectECE496JPL57931IND2 -    Jean-Pierre Leburton
Senior Research ProjectECE496JWB62565IND2 -    James W Beauchamp
Senior Research ProjectECE496JWL57990IND2 -    Joseph W Lyding
Senior Research ProjectECE496JYB64249IND2 -    Yuliy Baryshnikov
Senior Research ProjectECE496KC57892IND2 -    Kent D Choquette
Senior Research ProjectECE496KCC58002IND2 -    Kevin Chenchuan Chang
Senior Research ProjectECE496KDC72723IND2 -     Katie Driggs-Campbell
Senior Research ProjectECE496KH58021IND2 -    Kiruba Sivasubramaniam Haran
Senior Research ProjectECE496KK57925IND2 -    Kyekyoon Kim
Senior Research ProjectECE496KL72818IND2 -     Kirill Levchenko
Senior Research ProjectECE496KN65915IND2 -    Klara Nahrstedt
Senior Research ProjectECE496KT58865IND2 -    Kimani C Toussaint
Senior Research ProjectECE496KUM66018IND2 -    Ranjitha Kumar
Senior Research ProjectECE496LG57903IND2 -    Lynford L Goddard
Senior Research ProjectECE496LH59352IND2 -    Lippold Haken
Senior Research ProjectECE496LL71215IND2 -    Minjoo Lawrence Lee
Senior Research ProjectECE496LRS60958IND2 -     Lui Sha
Senior Research ProjectECE496LS70816IND2 -    Stephen E Levinson
Senior Research ProjectECE496LV63363IND2 -    Lav Varshney
Senior Research ProjectECE496LW64302IND2 -    Lara Waldrop
Senior Research ProjectECE496MA57901IND2 -    Mark Anastasio
Senior Research ProjectECE496MAB57894IND2 -    Mohamed Ali Belabbas
Senior Research ProjectECE496MB64304IND2 -     Michael Bailey
Senior Research ProjectECE496MC59325IND2 -     Matthew Caesar
Senior Research ProjectECE496MD57897IND2 -    Minh N Do
Senior Research ProjectECE496MDW58022IND2 -    Martin D F Wong
Senior Research ProjectECE496MF57900IND2 -    Milton Feng
Senior Research ProjectECE496MG57902IND2 -    Matthew Gilbert
Senior Research ProjectECE496MHJ57910IND2 -     Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
Senior Research ProjectECE496MLO57999IND2 -    Michael L Oelze
Senior Research ProjectECE496MR67577IND2 -    Maxim Raginsky
Senior Research ProjectECE496MTB57877IND2 -    Tamer Basar
Senior Research ProjectECE496NA57875IND2 -    Narendra Ahuja
Senior Research ProjectECE496NB57884IND2 -    Nikita Borisov
Senior Research ProjectECE496NRS58010IND2 -    Naresh R Shanbhag
Senior Research ProjectECE496NSK65943IND2 -    Nam Sung Kim
Senior Research ProjectECE496OK72805IND2 -    Sanmi Koyejo
Senior Research ProjectECE496OM57994IND2 -    Olgica Milenkovic
Senior Research ProjectECE496PD58854IND2 -    Peter D Dragic
Senior Research ProjectECE496PGK67515IND2 -    Paul G Kwiat
Senior Research ProjectECE496PKH57893IND2 -    Pavan Kumar Hanumolu
Senior Research ProjectECE496PM57996IND2 -    Pierre Moulin
Senior Research ProjectECE496PRK57929IND2 -    Panganamala R Kumar
Senior Research ProjectECE496PS58012IND2 -    Paris Smaragdis
Senior Research ProjectECE496PSC57888IND2 -     P. Scott Carney
Senior Research ProjectECE496PV58020IND2 -    Pramod Viswanath
Senior Research ProjectECE496PWS58008IND2 -    Peter Sauer
Senior Research ProjectECE496RK57930IND2 -    Rakesh Kumar
Senior Research ProjectECE496RKI57916IND2 -    Ravishankar K Iyer
Senior Research ProjectECE496RPP59769IND2 -    Robert Pilawa-Podgurski
Senior Research ProjectECE496RRC58003IND2 -    Romit Roy Choudhury
Senior Research ProjectECE496RS58014IND2 -    Rayadurgam Srikant
Senior Research ProjectECE496RVB57879IND2 -    Rashid Bashir
Senior Research ProjectECE496SB57883IND2 -    Stephen Boppart
Senior Research ProjectECE496SEL57932IND2 -    Stephen E Levinson
Senior Research ProjectECE496SG57874IND2 -    Songbin Gong
Senior Research ProjectECE496SH57914IND2 -     Seth Hutchinson
Senior Research ProjectECE496SJP58001IND2 -    Sanjay Patel
Senior Research ProjectECE496SM57995IND2 -    Sayan Mitra
Senior Research ProjectECE496SML71256IND2 -    Steven M. LaValle
Senior Research ProjectECE496SMM72655IND2 -    Sibin Mohan
Senior Research ProjectECE496SP59302IND2 -    Sung-Jin Park
Senior Research ProjectECE496SSL57989IND2 -     Steven Lumetta
Senior Research ProjectECE496SV58016IND2 -    Shobha Vasudevan
Senior Research ProjectECE496TA65971IND2 -    Tarek Abdelzaher
Senior Research ProjectECE496TJO58000IND2 -    Thomas J Overbye
Senior Research ProjectECE496TK76603IND2 -    T Kesavadas
Senior Research ProjectECE496TWB59449IND2 -    Timothy Bretl
Senior Research ProjectECE496UR58005IND2 -    Umberto Ravaioli
Senior Research ProjectECE496VG67620IND2 -    Viktor Gruev
Senior Research ProjectECE496VK67527IND2 -    Volodymyr Kindratenko
Senior Research ProjectECE496VVV58018IND2 -    Venugopal V. Veeravalli
Senior Research ProjectECE496WC60335IND2 -     Weng Chew
Senior Research ProjectECE496WDO57998IND2 -    Bill O'Brien, Jr.
Senior Research ProjectECE496WHS58007IND2 -    William H Sanders
Senior Research ProjectECE496WK59770IND2 -    Bill King
Senior Research ProjectECE496WMH57915IND2 -    Wen-mei Hwu
Senior Research ProjectECE496WZ64301IND2 -    Wenjuan Zhu
Senior Research ProjectECE496XL57933IND2 -    Xiuling Li
Senior Research ProjectECE496YB57885IND2 -    Yoram Bresler
Senior Research ProjectECE496YCH57911IND2 -    Yih-Chun Hu
Senior Research ProjectECE496YL57988IND2 -    Yi Lu
Senior Research ProjectECE496YW61257IND2 -    Yihong Wu
Senior Research ProjectECE496YZ73927IND2 -    Yang Zhao
Senior Research ProjectECE496ZC67550IND2 -    Zuofu Cheng
Senior Research ProjectECE496ZK66042IND2 -    Zbigniew T Kalbarczyk
Senior Research ProjectECE496ZPL57934IND2 -    Zhi-Pei Liang
Senior Research ProjectECE496ZZ67623IND2 -    Zhizhen Jane Zhao

Official Description

Individual research project under the guidance of a faculty member: for example, mathematical analysis, laboratory experiments, computer simulations, software development, circuit design, or device fabrication. Preparation of a written research proposal, including preliminary results. Course Information: 2 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated. ECE 496 and ECE 499 taken in sequence fulfill the Advanced Composition Requirement. Prerequisite: RHET 105; consent of instructor. Class Schedule Information: This course is intended for Honors students and Chancellor Scholars. ECE 496 and ECE 499 are approved for General Education credit only as a sequence. Both courses must be completed to receive Advanced Composition credit.

Subject Area

  • Undergraduate Project, Seminar, and Thesis

Course Director


Individual research project under the guidance of a faculty member: for example, mathematical analysis, laboratory experiments, computer simulations, software development, circuit design, or device fabrication. Preparation of a written research proposal, which includes preliminary results.


The grade for ECE 496 will be assigned upon completion of ECE 499. No graduate credit for this course.

Detailed Description and Outline

The grade for ECE 496 will be assigned upon completion of ECE 499. No graduate credit for this course.

Course Goals

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

The purpose of ECE 496 is to begin and substantially complete an individual research project, under the supervision of a faculty advisor and in collaboration with research group members, that contributes significantly to the field of electrical and computer engineering. Since this is a capstone course (in tandem with ECE 499, Senior Thesis) bringing 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):

ABET Programs 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 submits the topic proposal (week 3) they should:

  • Understand the adviser's research group and where the project fits within it (3,4,5,7)
  • Be able to offer a coherent idea of the need for and motivation behind the project (1,3,4,5,7)
  • Be able to roughly outline a realistic timeline for the project including necessary contributors and facilities (1,2,3,4,5,7)

By the time the student conducts the literature search (week 6) they should:

  • Have strong command of the need for and motivation behind the project (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
  • Be thoroughly conversant in the published literature impinging on the project (1,3,4,7)
  • Have an enhanced appreciation for research ethics and for good scholarly habits such as writing well, presenting data effectively, and using sources properly (3,4,7)

By the time the student completes the three progress reports required in weeks 9, 12, and 15 they should have:

  • Completely or substantially finished the research work (1,2,4,5,7)
  • Effectively reported results, challenges, and future work to adviser and other research group members (3,4,5)
  • Clarified for themselves and others the significance of the project and its results such that the senior thesis (ECE 499) is ready to be written (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
  • Developed both their technical/scientific and their scholarly/writing skills to a high level (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

Last updated

9/4/2019by Erhan Kudeki