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Graduate Student Spotlights

Laura is a Renaissance Woman who works on the laser cooling of solids. In this video, she talks about talks about her research, her outreach work as President of the Optical Society at the University of Michigan, and her hobbies, which include climbing waterfalls of ice in her spare time.

Research Area: Optics & Photonics
Hails from: Washington, D.C.

Navid Barani

Navid uses applied electromagnetics to unravel the mysteries of bacterial communication. His work could help advance medical treatments for many ailments, including Alzheimers’s.

Research Area: Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits
Hails from: Isfahan, Iran
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Stephanie Crocker Ross

Stephanie works on integrating more renewable energy into the grid. Her dissertation was awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for being unusually creative, ambitious and impactful.

Research Area: Power & Energy
Hails from: Poughkeepsie, NY
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Brandon recreates space phenomena in a lab using lasers. His research on magnetic fields in high-energy plasmas could help advance the development of clean energy and our understanding of energetic astrophysical phenomena. In this video, he talks about his research, his love of mountain biking, and how his family call him “The Laser Guy.”

Research Area: Optics & Photonics
Hails from: Alberta, Canada

Nooshin M. Estakhri

Nooshin studies studies experimental and theoretical quantum optics and its potential to impact communication and biomedical imaging.

Research Area: Optics & Photonics
Hails from: Tehran, Iran
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Huanting Huang

Huanting works to improve remote sensing of soil moisture and vegetation. She’s won numerous awards for her work, including first place for Best Student Paper at the IEEE International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics 2019.

Research Area: Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits
Hails from: Hong Kong
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Md Salman Nazir

Md Salman develops optimization and control algorithms to efficiently manage electric loads, storage devices, and solar-photovoltaic inverters in the grid.

Research Area: Power & Energy
Hails from: Bangladesh

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Kwesi works to ensure that robots and autonomous systems do what they’re told. In this video, he talks about his research, why he came to U-M for his undergrad and why he returned to U-M for his PhD, as well as how his parents inspired him to be an engineer.

Research Area: Control Systems
Hails from: Somerset, NJ

Xin Zan

Xin Zan is helping to free the world from cords through Wireless Power Transfer. His work could advance implantable medical devices, autonomous electric vehicles, and consumer electronics.

Research Area: Power & Energy
Hails from: Qinghai – Tibet Plateau
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Jie-Fang Zhang

Jie-Fang crafts better digital systems that could help support computer vision and machine learning.

Research Area: Integrated Circuits and VLSI
Hails from: Taipei, Taiwan
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Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi

Milad is looking to advance radio frequency (RF) technologies and usher in a new era of communication that includes 5G and beyond.

Research Area: Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits
Hails from: Tehran, Iran
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