Christopher Schmitz

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Christopher Schmitz
Senior Lecturer
  • Research Staff
  • Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring
3066 ECE Building
306 North Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
Chief Advisor
  • Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring
2098 ECE Building
306 North Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Electronics, Plasmonics, and Photonics - RF and microwave engineering



  • Ph.D. in ECE at the University of Illinois, 2002.


Dr. Schmitz was born December 30, 1969 in Pana, Illinois.  He is the seventh of 12 sons born to Leland and Doris Schmitz.  He graduated valedictorian of Pana High School in 1988 and was a Bronze Tablet recipient upon receiving his BS in ECE at the University of Illinois in 1993.  He also received his MS and Ph.D. in ECE at the University of Illinois in 1996 and 2002, in the areas of fault-tolerant adaptive filtering and interference cancellation in multi-user communications, respectively.  From September 1995 through January 1997, Schmitz worked at TRW Space and Electronics Group in Hermosa Beach, California, in the areas of adaptive nulling and satellite communication.  Upon completion of his Ph.D. in 2002, he worked as an academic professional at Beckman Institute of the University of Illinois to develop and test signal processing and wireless communication algorithms for advanced hearing device designs.  Since 2005, Schmitz has also been active in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department performing course development work and teaching in the areas of digital signal processing and digital communications.  He has a special interest in the use of technology in the classroom to enhance the learning environment and alleviate the traditional dry lecture setting. His website can be found at

Teaching Statement

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- restatement of Einstein

Teaching is vital to the success of the University of Illinois.  We must always look towards finding simple and engaging ways to demonstrate complex ideas to our students.  Available technology provides access to demonstrative components missing from the classic "chalkboard lecture" while breaking the monotony of a 50-plus minute lecture. Students need to be engaged in the classroom through regular interactive activities.

Research Statement

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

I will entertain individual study projects in the areas of signal processing, communications, and circuits at any level of study.

Research Interests

  • Acoustic Signal Processing for Hearing-Aid Applications
  • Multiuser Detection
  • Adaptive Signal Processing and Beamforming
  • Wireless Communication
  • Improving Education in STEM Disciplines

Research Areas

  • Adaptive signal processing
  • Audio, speech, music and auditory processing
  • Signal detection and estimation
  • Wireless communication systems

Research Topics

  • RF and microwave engineering

Courses Taught

  • ECE 101 - Exploring Digital Info Technol
  • ECE 110 - Introduction to Electronics
  • ECE 120 - Introduction to Computing
  • ECE 199 - ECE 110 Merit Section
  • ECE 199 - Undergraduate Open Seminar