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

Ahmed Alkhateeb Graduate Student Ahmed A. N. Alkhateeb is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He finished his B.Sc. in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering (distinction with honor), and his M.Sc. in Electrical Communications Engineering from Cairo University in 2008, and 2012 respectively. His research interests include multi-user information theory, communication theory, and space-time coding.
Tianyang Bai Graduate Student Tianyang Bai was born in Harbin, People’s Republic of China. He received his B.E. in communication engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2011. He is now pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He likes reading and watching sports in his spare time.
Talha Ahmed Khan Graduate Student Talha Ahmed Khan joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. He is currently pursuing his masters under the supervision of Prof. ??Robert Heath. ???Talha received B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with Honours from University of Engineering and Technology(UET) Lahore in 2010. His research interests span cooperative wireless networks, wireless communications, coding and information theory. He aspires to pursue a research-oriented academic career as his ultimate goal is to make significant contributions to the research world.
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 various communication signal processing problems related to the oil and gas arena. 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.
Namyoon Lee Graduate Student Namyoon Lee is a Ph. D student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, under the supervision of Prof. Robert W. Heath Jr. He received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from KAIST, Daejeon in 2008 and B.Sc degree in Radio and Communication Engineering from Korea University, Seoul, Korea in 2006. From 2008 to 2011, he was with Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in Korea, where he investigated next generation device-to-device (D2D) wireless communication systems and involved standardization activities of the 3GPP LTE-A (Long Term Evolution Advanced), especially for femto-cell deployment. His research interests include multi-user and multi-way communication theories using interference alignment, neutralization, and network coding.
Jianhua MoJianhua Mo Graduate student Jianhua Mo is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of UT Austin. He received his BS and MS in Electronic Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2010 and 2013 respectively. He also received MS in Electrical and  Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. He is currently working with Prof. Robert Heath on millimeter wave communications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, eating and recently cooking.
Ken PesynaKen Pesyna Graduate Student Ken Pesyna is a graduate student pursuing his Master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He finished his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with highest distinction from Purdue University in 2009. Ken is currently working under the co-supervision of Dr. Todd Humphreys and Dr. Robert Heath. Ken joined the WSIL group in 2010 and is also a member of the Radionavigation Laboratory. His research interests are in the area of GPS signal processing and wireless communication. Outside the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, flying model airplanes, and playing music (guitar and oboe).
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Andrew Thornburg Graduate student Andrew Thornburg received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. He joined WSIL in 2012 after working at Edwards AFB, California as an electronic warfare engineer. He is currently pursuing his master’s. His research interests include mobile ad-hoc networks, vehicular networks and wireless security. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys photography, hiking, and simple relaxation.

Vutha Va Graduate Student Vutha Va joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. He is pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Robert Heath. He received his BS and MS both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2011 and 2013 respectively. His research interests include MIMO, cooperative networks, and statistical signal processing.

Current Postdoctoral Researchers


Xinchen Zhang is a Simons postdoctoral fellow with University of Texas at Austin. He received the B.E. degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2008 (with honors). Afterwards, he joined the electrical engineering department in Univ. of Notre Dame and obtained the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2010 and 2013 respectively. He held visiting/internship positions in University of New Mexico, NM, Broadcom Corp. in Sunnyvale, CA and Huawei US R&D in Bridgewater, NJ.
Xinchen has broad interest in the field of wireless communication. His research/work experiences include signal processing, wireless channel characterization/modeling, random network analysis, interference management and mitigation, MAC and power control scheme design.

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
  • Keul-Chung Hwang, Ph.D.
  • Myonghee Park, Ph.D.
  • Seijoon Shim, 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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