The UFFC Society encourages active participation in the Society by its student members. According to the UFFC-S Bylaws: "There shall be up to six student representatives to AdCom, no more than two from any of the three Society technical areas. The Student Representatives are appointed by the President." In addition, a UFFC member may serve as an advisor to the student representatives.


Joel B. Harley
IEEE UFFC-S AdCom Student Advisor
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
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Student Advisor
Joel B. Harley received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, Medford, MA, in 2008 and a M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 2011, and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. His interests include the integration of complex wave propagation models with novel signal processing, machine learning, and big data methods for applications in structural health monitoring, nondestructive evaluation, medical imaging, electrical monitoring, and other fields.

Student Representatives

It is a great pleasure for us to serve you as UFFC Student Representatives this year. Let us first briefly introduce ourselves to you:

2016-2017 Student Representative for Ultrasonics
Gongbin Tang was born in Shandong Province, China, in 1987. He received his Master’s degree in Mechatronic Engineering in 2012 from Beijing Institute of Technology, China. Later, in 2012, he was pursuing his PhD degree in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Instrument Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Tao Han. In 2013, he joined a Double-Phd-Degree-Program between Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Chiba University. Currently he is pursuing his PhD degree at Chiba University, Japan, under the supervision of Prof. Ken-ya Hashimoto. His research interests are mainly focused on synthesize, design, fabrication and characterization of novel piezoelectric film based layered surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, developing common simulation tools for transverse mode analysis and so on. He is author and co-author in 5 refereed journal papers.

2016-2017 Student Representative for Frequency Control
Ruonan Liu received her B.S. degree from the Ohio State University, in Electrical Engineering (2011). Currently, she is a PhD student in EECS department at UC Berkeley, working with Prof. Clark Nguyen. Ruonan’s research interest mainly focuses on micromechanical resonant switches, and the applications of this novel type of MEMS switches such as DC-DC power converters and low power wireless communication networks such as the Internet of the things.

2016-2017 Student Representative for Ferroelectrics
Yumei Wang was born in Harbin, China, in 1988. She received a bachelor degree in Composite Material and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2011, and completed her Master in Material Science and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 2013. Currently, Yumei is pursuing her PhD at National University of Singapore, Singapore. Her research interests include fabrication and characterization of lead-free ferroelectric and piezoelectric thin film materials.

2017-2018 Student Representative for Ultrasonics
Gabriela Torres received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, in 2015. Currently, she is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her current research emphasis is the development of ARFI imaging techniques to improve ultrasonic plaque characterization.

2017-2018 Student Representative for Ferroelectrics
Cindy Wu is a graduate student at Simon Fraser University working under her supervisor, Dr. Zuo-Guang Ye. She participates in the Chemistry Graduate Student Society from Simon Fraser University. Enhancing student life experience has always been her interest. Moreover, research in ferroelectric materials is another of her interests. She is proud to be the Student Representative for Ferroelectrics.

2017-2018 Student Representative for Frequency Control
Doug Bopp received a B.S. degree in Physics from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ in 2014 and a M.S. degree in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO in 2017. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder under the guidance of John Kitching in the Atomic Devices and Instrumentation group at NIST. Doug's research interests are in the field of atomic sensing using warm thermal vapors to build a variety of deployable, zero-calibration atomic references as a natural extension of atomic clocks.

We are very excited to serve you regarding all your concerns within the UFFC society. As our predecessors have done, we will continue to represent you on the administrative committee of the UFFC society and try to secure or even expand benefits for student members. We will also advertise UFFC and its activities among universities around the world, and contact IEEE student branches of UFFC related departments. Please feel free to contact us if you have any suggestion or need any assistance. Meanwhile, we sincerely welcome you to contribute your service to UFFC, and share any ideas, academic, social, or career-related, with us. We will, together with you, try our best to make our UFFC student chapter grow better and stronger.


Student members can learn more about upcoming activities and communicate with one another via the UFFC - Student Society site.

Past UFFC-S Administrative Committee (AdCom) Student Representatives