Jaramillo joins ECE ILLINOIS as newest lecturer

ECE News

Meg Dickinson, ECE ILLINOIS
1/14/2015

Story Highlights

  • ECE ILLINOIS recently welcomed the newest addition to its faculty, Juan Jose Jaramillo Jimenez (MS ECE '05, PhD '09), who will serve as a lecturer for computer engineering classes.
  • Jaramillo most recently worked as an assistant professor at Universidad EAFIT in his native Colombia, and is looking forward to spending time with ECE ILLINOIS' students and collaborating with faculty, as well.
  • Jaramillo said moving back to Urbana-Champaign is like being in his second home, after earning two graduate degrees from ECE ILLINOIS.

ECE ILLINOIS recently welcomed the newest addition to its faculty, Juan Jose Jaramillo Jimenez (MS ’05, PhD '10), who will serve as a lecturer for computer engineering classes. He joined the faculty this January.

Jaramillo most recently worked as an assistant professor at Universidad EAFIT in his native Colombia, and is looking forward to spending time with ECE ILLINOIS’ students and collaborating with faculty, as well. His research is in communications.

“The main two reasons I came here are, the research being conducted here is superb, and will give me a chance to work with the experts in the field,” Jaramillo said. “And from the teaching perspective, I’m looking forward to being challenged by our amazing students. I’m really excited to be here.”

Jaramillo said moving back to Urbana-Champaign is like being in his second home, after earning two graduate degrees from ECE ILLINOIS. Jaramillo moved here with his wife, whom he met at Illinois when she was pursuing her doctorate in astronomy. After leaving Illinois, he worked two years as a postdoctoral research associate at Iowa State University before spending his most recent three years as a faculty member in Colombia.

He’s looking forward to teaching classes like ECE 120, Introduction to Computing; ECE 220, Computer Systems and Programming; which are both a part of ECE ILLINOIS’ new computer engineering curriculum, as well as ECE 385, Digital Systems Laboratory; and ECE 391, Computer Systems Engineering.

“The new curriculum is exciting,” Jaramillo said, “and teaching these classes gives me an opportunity to make major contributions.”

In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym, watching movies, and cooking, which he finds relaxing.

Professor Rayadurgam Srikant advised Jaramillo when Jaramillo was a doctoral student at ECE ILLINOIS, and he’s just one familiar face Jaramillo said he was excited to see upon his arrival at Illinois earlier this year.

Srikant said Jaramillo is a great fit for ECE ILLINOIS because of his teaching experience.

“I have had several discussions with him about teaching, and I have found him to be very dedicated about teaching undergraduates,” Srikant said. “I believe that this dedication will be an asset to our department.”

As Jaramillo's thesis advisor, Srikant supervised his graduate work on problems like scheduling algorithms for high-speed routers in the Internet, reputation mechanisms for multi-hop wireless networks, and resource allocation for real-time traffic (such as video) in wireless networks.

“For each of these problems, he obtained novel solutions using a combination of mathematical techniques, including optimization, game theory, and stochastic processes,” Srikant said.

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