WSIL Students and Postdocs

One of the blessings of being in academia is the opportunity to work with outstanding students. A list of my current and past students is available below. Please click the links to the left if you would like more information about joining me. Current Graduate Students in the Wireless Systems Innovation Laboratory

Anum Ali Graduate Student Anum Ali is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his BS in Electrical Engineering from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan in 2011, and his MS in Electrical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 2014. In academic years 2011-2012 and 2014-2015, he held research positions at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, respectively. In winter quarter 2014-2015, he was a research intern in California Institute of Technology, CA. His research interests lie broadly in signal processing and communications.
Raquel Buckley Raquel Buckley is a Graduate Student is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of UT Austin. She received her BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University, her MS in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and JD from the University of New Mexico. Her research interest include signal processing, communications, and energy harvesting. Prior to attending UT, Raquel worked as an engineer at Intel, Motorola, and IBM. Currently, Raquel is also working as a Patent Attorney at PayPal, Austin.
Travis Cuvelier Travis Cuvelier joined WSIL and UT Austin as a Ph.D. student in 2016. He earned his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees (both in Electrical and Computer Engineering) from Cornell University in 2015 and 2016 respectively. His research interests lie at the intersection of signal processing and information theory. He was previously employed at LGS Innovations, The MITRE Corporation, as a lifeguard (at Rochester, NY’s second cleanest beach), and as a ski instructor.
Ryan Dreifuerst joined WSIL as a graduate student at UT Austin in 2019. He obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering, as well as a B.S. in Electrical and Communications Engineering from Technische Hochschule Luebeck. His research focuses on applied machine learning methods for wireless communication. Prior to joining WSIL, Ryan designed FPGA-FPGA communication protocols for medical sensor data at Plexus Corp.
Preeti Kumari Preeti Kumari Graduate Student Preeti Kumari is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of UT Austin, with a specialization in Communications, Networks and Systems. She is currently working with Prof. Robert Heath on the joint system of vehicular communication and radar with a signal processing perspective. Her research interests include MIMO signal processing and sensor system design. Prior to this, she held the position of a ‘Scientist’ at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for 4 years. At ISRO, she was the Project Leader for 2 R&D projects and has also contributed to the system design and signal processing aspects of various microwave remote sensors. Furthermore, she has worked on various projects of JPL-NASA , TIFR , DONLab of IIT Madras and DAP Lab of IIT Bombay. During her undergraduate studies, she has developed a speaker recognition system at IIT Kharagpur.
Sidharth Kumar joined WSIL as a PhD student at UT Austin in fall 2019. He received the B.Tech. and M.S.(Research) degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, in 2017 and 2019 respectively. He was an SN Bose Scholar and interned at UC San Diego during summer 2018 working on wireless power transfer. His research interests include UAV enabled communication networks, wireless energy transfer, and Internet of things (IoT).
Khurram Usman Mazher is a graduate student under the supervision of Professor Robert Heath in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin since Fall 2016. He finished his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2015. His research interests span the broad areas of Signal Processing and Wireless Communication systems design and analysis. Currently he is working on a joint radar-communication system.
Amine Mezghani joined WSIL at the UT Austin as a postdoctoral fellow in Summer 2017. Prior to this, he held a position as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of California, Irvine, USA. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technische Universität München, Germany and the Engineer’s degree from the École Centrale Paris, France. His current research interests are on millimeter-wave massive MIMO, hardware constrained communication theory, and signal processing under low-resolution analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters. During his academic studies and career, he contributed to various projects of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Huawei Innovation Research Program (HIRP).
Nitin Jonathan Myers joined WSIL as a PhD Student in 2017. He graduated with a Dual Degree(B.Tech, M.Tech) in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) in 2016. He was a DAAD WISE scholar and interned at OVGU, Magdeburg in the area of speech coding during Summer 2014. Before joining UT, he worked as a Sr. Software Engineer at Samsung R&D Institute-Bangalore on index coding based solutions for video transmission. His research interests lie in the areas of signal processing and wireless communication.
Kartik Patel - PhotoKartik Patel joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin as a Ph.D. student in 2017. He received his B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He has interned at the Qualcomm WR&D group, Cisco Innovation Labs, and the Indian Institute of Science. His research interests lie in the areas of wireless communication and signal processing.
Mónica Ribero  joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin as a Ph.D. student in 2017. She received her BS in Mathematics in 2015 from Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. She participated in Research in Industrial Problems for Students at UCLA, sponsored by Google LA, where she worked on collaborative filtering methods to improve recommender systems. She is now interested in information science problems arising in the intersection of optimization and statistics, particularly, applying machine learning techniques to Wireless Networks problems.
Sandy Saab  Graduate Student Sandy Saab joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. She received her B.Eng. in Computer and Communication Engineering from Notre Dame University (NDU) and M.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut(AUB) in 2016 and 2018, respectively. She interned at Alfa Telecommunication (managed by Orascom) in 2015 and worked as a teaching assistant for the communications laboratory at AUB. She worked as a research assistant on Efficient RF Wake-Up and Charging of IoT Devices and on RF Energy Harvesting in the Dept. of Wireless Communications at AUB. Her current research interests include antenna design for future wireless communication systems, MIMO and optimization.
Yuyang Wang Graduate Student Yuyang Wang joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. She is currently pursuing her M.S. degree under the supervision of Prof. Robert Heath. Yuyang received B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China in 2015. Her current interest is modeling, analyzing and designing future vehicular communications, with a particular emphasis on involving wireless infrastructures in improving vehicular safety and saving lives. In her spare time, she likes running, hiking and road trip with friends.

2014211073-1Hongxiang Xie joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 as a Ph.D. student. In 2014, he received the B.S. degree from Southeast University, Nanjing, China. In 2017, he received the M.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Robert Heath. His research interests include wireless communications, array signal processing, statistical signal processing, Massive MIMO and mmWave communications.
Yi ZhangYi Zhang joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 as a Ph.D. student. In 2014, he received the B.S. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China. In 2017, he received the M.S. degree and the Diplôme d’Ingénieur from XJTU and Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, respectively. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Robert Heath and Prof. Sanjay Shakkotai. His research interests include wireless communication, statistical signal processing, convex optimization and virtual reality.

Former Graduate Students in the Wireless Systems Innovation Laboratory

Former Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Kyung Seung Ahn, Ph.D.
  • Jihoon Choi, Ph.D. – Faculty at the Korea Aerospace University
  • Junil Choi, Ph.D. – Faculty at POSTECH
  • Mohammed E. Eltayeb, Ph.D. – Faculty at California State University at Sacramento
  • Keul-Chung Hwang, Ph.D.
  • Gilwon Lee, Ph.D. – Intel Labs
  • Duy H. N. Nguyen, Ph.D. – Faculty at San Diego State University
  • Myonghee Park, Ph.D.
  • Seijoon Shim, Ph.D.
  • Andrew Thornburg, Ph.D.
  • Xinchen Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Randa Zakhour, Ph.D.

Former Visiting Graduate Students

Former Undergraduate Students

  • Navanit Arakeri (Fall 2002, Spring 2003)
    • Attended graduate school at Stanford
  • Ashwin Giridharagopoal
    • Worked on Dell antenna design project
  • Shrut Kirti (Spring 2005)
    • Undergraduate RA, GLUE, attended grad school at Cornell
  • Brian Mechler
    • Worked on Dell antenna design project
  • Charles Shoubing (Fall 2005)
    • Independent research
  • Jason Soric (Fall 2005 – Spring 2006)
    • Independent research
  • Frank Sun
    • Worked on Dell antenna design project
  • Alex Tsanakov (Fall 2002)
    • VIGRE project, attended MIT to pursue M.S. / Ph.D.
  • Gordon Wan
    • Worked on Dell antenna design project
  • Daniel Zitrick
    • Worked on 60GHz project
  • Greg Van Westen
    • Worked on 60GHz project
  • Steve Cho
  • Tae-Ho Lee
  • Michael McCoy
  • Jackson Massey
  • Andre Esteva
  • Blake Levy
  • Kelly Cook
  • Phillip Andrade
  • Joshua Gantt
  • Sahil Jain
  • Justin Ly

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