ECE ILLINOIS promoted faculty includes Borisov, Gong, Gruev, Haken, and Schmitz

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Ryann Monahan and Joseph Park, ECE ILLINOIS
8/26/2019 11:55:06 AM

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ECE ILLINOIS is excited to announce the promotion of five ECE ILLINOIS faculty members.

Nikita Borisov has been promoted to Professor.

Nikita  Borisov
Nikita Borisov
Borisov received his Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science and Pure Math from the University of Waterloo in 1997. He earned his MS and PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2002 and 2005, respectively.

Borisov joined the ECE ILLINOIS faculty in August of 2005 as an assistant professor. Borisov is also a research associate professor with the CSL and Information Trust Institute. 

Songbin Gong has been promoted to Associate Professor. Gong received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in May of 2010. 

Gong joined the ECE ILLINOIS faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor after two years as a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the Intel Alumni Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is also affiliated with the the Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Lab.

Viktor Gruev has been promoted to Professor. Gruev was previously an Associate Professor for ECE ILLINOIS. Gruev earned his BS from Southern Illinois University in 1998 and completed his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2000 and 2004, respectively. 

Before joining ECE ILLINOIS, Gruev was an associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis. His primary research areas include biomedical imaging, bioengineering and acoustics, biosensors, and bioelectronics. Gruev is also affiliated with the MNTL and Beckman Institute.

Lippold Haken has been promoted to Teaching Professor. Haken co-designed ECE110 which introduces selected fundamental concepts and principles from circuits, electromagnetics, electronics, communication, control, and computing. Haken was previously a lecturer for ECE ILLINOIS. 

The course is organized around the design and construction of an autonomous moving vehicle. Haken also built the Continuum Keyboard, an electronic instrument that provides a unique playing experience.

Christopher Schmitz has been promoted to Teaching Associate Professor. Schmitz was previously a Senior Lecturer for ECE ILLINOIS. He is also the Chief Advisor of Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring.

His primary research areas include electronics, plasmonics, photonics, RF, and microwave engineering. Schmitz received his BSEE and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1993 and 2002, respectively.


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