Steven J. Franke

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Steven J Franke
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
5048 ECE Building
306 North Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Remote Sensing



  • PhD Electrical Engineering University of Illinois Oct. 1984

Academic Positions

  • Associate Head for Graduate Affairs, Dept. ECE, August 2007 - August 2016
  • Graduate Advisor, Dept. ECE, Fall 2005 - August 2007
  • Director, Electronic Education, Dept. of ECE, 2000-2003
  • Department Affiliate - Atmospheric Sciences, 1995-present
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, August 1993-Present
  • Research Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, August 1993-Present

Research Interests

  • Wireless communication systems
  • RF techniques for atmospheric remote sensing

Research Topics

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Hecht, J. H., D. C. Fritts, L. Wang, L. J. Gelinas, R. J. Rudy, R. L. Walterscheid, M. J. Taylor, P. D. Pautet, S. Smith, S. J. Franke, "Observations of the Breakdown of Mountain Waves over the Andes Lidar Observatory at Cerro Pachon on July 8/9, 2012", J. Geophysical. Res., 123, doi:10.1002/2017JD027303, 2017.
  • Walterscheid, R.L., J.H. Hecht, L.J. Gelinas, R.A. Vincent, I. Reid, A. MacKinnon, S.J. Franke, Y. Zhao, M.J. Taylor, and D. Pautet, "Simultaneous Observations of the Phase-Locked Two Day Wave at Adelaide and Cerro Pachon," J. Geophys. Res., 120, doi:10.1002/2014JD022016, 2014.
  • Hecht, J.H., Kam Wan, L. Gelinas, D. Fritts, A. Liu, R. Walterscheid, R. Rudy, S. Franke, F. Vargas, D. Pautet, M. Taylor, G. Swenson, "The lifecycle of instability features measured from the Andes Lidar Observatory over Cerro Pachon on March 24, 2012," J. Geophys. Res., 119, doi:10.1002/2014JD021726, 2014.
  • Liu, A. Z., X. Lu, S. J. Franke, "Diurnal variation of gravity wave momentum flux and its forcing on the diurnal tide," J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1029/2012JD018653, 2013.
  • Li, Tao, Alan Liu, Xian Lu, Steven J. Franke, Gary R. Swenson, Xiankang Dou, "Meteor radar observed mesospheric semi-annual oscillation and quasi-biennial oscillation over Maui, Hawaii," J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2011JD016123, 2012.
  • Franke, S. J., X. Chu, A. Z. Liu, and W. K. Hocking (2005), Comparison of meteor radar and Na Doppler lidar measurements of winds in the mesopause region above Maui, Hawaii, J. Geophys. Res., 110, D09S02, doi:10.1029/2003JD004486.
  • S. J. Franke, K. C. Yeh, E. S. Andreeva, V. E. Kunitsyn, "A study of the equatorial anomaly ionosphere using tomographic images," Radio Science, Vol. 38, No. 1, 1011, 2003.


  • IEEE Fellow (2005)

Teaching Honors

  • Everitt Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1996
  • College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1999
  • College of Engineering and Anderson Consulting Outstanding Advising Award, 2000
  • List of teachers ranked excellent by their students: Fall 1984; Spring 1985; Spring 1987; Fall 1987; Spring 1988; Fall 1988; Spring 1989; Spring 1994; Fall 1994; Spring 1995; Fall 1995; Spring 1997; Spring 1999; Fall 1999; Spring 2000; Fall 2000; Spring 2001; Fall 2001; Spring 2002; Spring 2003; Spring 2004; Fall 2004; Spring 2005; Fall 2005; Spring 2006; Fall 2006; Spring 2007; Spring 2008; Fall 2008; Spring 2009; Fall 2009; Spring 2010; Fall 2010; Spring 2011; Fall 2011; Spring 1012; Fall 2012; Spring 2013; Fall 2013; Spring 2014; Fall 2014; Spring 2015; Fall 2015; Spring 2016; Spring 2017; Fall 2017; Spring 2018.
  • College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2009.

Research Honors

  • NASA Goddard Group Achievement Award for the 1998 Coqui II Sounding Rocket Campaign, 1999

Courses Taught

  • ECE 453 - Wireless Communication Systems