ECE ILLINOIS welcomes five new tenure-track faculty members this semester. Along with the ten tenure-track faculty and one research professor who joined in fall 2016, this group represents the largest increase of new faculty in a single academic year in recent memory.
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor Arijit Banerjee (PhD ’16) focuses his research on power and energy systems. He is working to design high torque density electrical motors and to create new paradigms of electromechanical energy conversion systems while working at the combined domains of electromagnetics, power electronics, and control. Originally from India, he earned his bachelor's degree from Bengal Engineering and Science University before receiving his master's degree from Indian Institute of Technology. Banerjee holds 13 patents.
PhD, Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL)
Assistant Professor Ivan Dokmanic (PhD ’15)'s research interests include audio and acoustics, distance geometry, and inverse problems in imaging. Previously, he was a research assistant at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL). He received the best student paper award at ICASSP 2011, a Google PhD Fellowship in 2014, and an EPFL Doctorate Award for an outstanding doctoral thesis in 2016.
PhD, University of Michigan
Assistant Professor Raluca Ilie (PhD ’10)'s primary research interests include space and planetary physics. He research addresses the need for predictive space weather capabilities by developing and improving high-performance, first-principles computational models that can accurately predict the conditions in the near-Earth space leading to geomagnetic storms. She held the Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) Postdoctoral Fellowship while at Los Alamos National Laboratory as well as leading a team at the International Space Science Institute.
PhD, Stanford University
Assistant Professor Idoia Ochoa-Alvarez (PhD ’16) focuses her research on information theory, genetics, compression, coding, communications, and signal processing. She is hoping to help the bio community handle the large amounts of genomic data being collected. She received the Stanford Graduate Fellowship, La Caixa Graduate Fellowship, and an award of excellence from the Basque Government. Idioa was also asked to attend and speak at the Rising Stars Workshop at MIT in 2005.
PhD, Columbia University
Assistant Professor Jin Zhou (PhD ’16) joins ECE ILLINOIS for the spring 2017 semester. His primary research area is regarding circuits, specifically integrated radios for full-duplex wireless. Zhou is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Solid-State and Integrated Circuit Technology (ICSICT) Excellent Student Paper Award, the 2015-16 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, and the 2015-16 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Predoctoral Achievement Award.