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

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Education

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

Biography

Dr. Schmitz was born in Pana, Illinois.  He graduated valedictorian of Pana High School in 1988 and was a Bronze Tablet recipient upon receiving his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois in 1993.  He received his MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois in 1996 in the area of fault-tolerant adaptive filtering.  Schmitz worked at TRW Space and Electronics Group in Hermosa Beach, California, in the area of satellite communication.He completed his Ph.D. in 2002 in interference cancellation in multi-user communications. Upon graduation, he joined 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.  Since 2012, he serves the department as Chief Undergraduate Advisor and the course director for ECE110, Intro to Electronics. His website can be found at http://publish.illinois.edu/cdschmitz/.

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. Students must be engaged in the classroom. Demonstrations and active learning exercises provide a means to present complex ideas to students in intuitive ways.

Research Statement

My research interests are primarily two-fold: 1) Promoting substantial research and individual study for undergraduates at all levels of the curriculum and 2) improving engineering education through interactions with other educators throughout the College of Engineering. In the first role, I have founded an undergraduate research team, WaggleNet, for the collection and interpretation of data collected from operational honeybee colonies. For the latter role, I have been privileged to join the AE3 as an Education Innovation Fellow where I advise multiple projects in teaching and learning across the college.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

I will entertain undergraduate proposals in the areas of signal processing, communications, and circuits at any level of study. I also have an undergraduate research group, WaggleNet, the members of which work to collect and process data from operational honeybee colonies to reduce bee-related problems. WaggleNet.org

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