Past Student Representatives

2018-2019 Student Representative for Ultrasonics
Cécile Floer’s research interest is the development of SAW devices for biomedical applications. The final goal of my PhD is to make a “ready-to-tattoo” temperature sensor that will be passive, battery-less, wireless and packageless. Being a UFFC-S Student Representative is not only an opportunity for me to take responsibilities within UFFC-S and to become a more active member, but also a chance to meet students in different fields of study.

2018-2019 Student Representative for Ferroelectrics
Stuart Burns’ research is focused on functional behaviors of ferroelectrics at the nanoscale. Through neutron diffraction experiments I investigate the multiferroicity of thin films fabricated by pulsed laser deposition. Combining this with focused ion beam nanostructuring and advanced scanning probe microscopy techniques, I aim to further define the prerequisites for multiferroic device integration into common industrial nanoelectronics. The need for strong networks within the ferroelectrics community is becoming increasingly more important as the field develops and branches out into related disciplines. For progress to continue within each of the research environments in UFFC, our student members must play an active role. I hope to encourage more people to take part in our student-led events, interact with our experts and visit our symposia over the next two years.

2018-2019 Student Representative for Frequency Control
Ruochen Lu’s research interests include radio frequency microsystems and the exploitation of their nonlinearities for timing and signal processing applications. I got to know UFFC-S student activities during the student paper competition in IFCS 2017. That competition was very nice and I want to volunteer my time to the UFFC-S to learn and help to make UFFC-S even better.

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.

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.

2015-2016 Student Representative for Ultrasonics
Anurupa Shaw was born in Kolkata, India, in 1988. She received her Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India. She completed her Master in Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (France Campus), in 2014, and is currently pursuing her PhD at FEMTO-ST, France, in Engineering Sciences and Micro-techniques. Her research interests include ultrasonics, elastic-wave propagation, piezoelectric materials, and characterization of micro-systems and nano-structures.

2015-2016 Student Representative for Ferroelectrics
Elaheh Taghaddos received a bachelor degree in Material Science and Engineering from the Intentional University of Qazvin-Iran in 2005. She was a project manager at Iranshir company during 2007 and 2009. She joined Glenn Howatt Electroceramics Laboratories at Rutgers University as a visiting scientist in 2011. Currently Elaheh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at Rutgers University. Her research interests includes synthesize, fabrication and characterization of lead-free ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials in the form of ceramics, thin films, nanowires, composites and high intensity focused ultrasound transducers. She is author and co-author in 5 refereed papers.

2015-2016 Student Representative for Frequency Control
Duo Pan was born in Jilin Province in China, in 1990. She received a bachelor of science degree in Electronic Science and Technology from Peking University, in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in quantum electronics under the supervision of Prof. Jingbiao Chen in Peking University. Her main research area of interest include active optical clocks and compact atomic clocks. In the 2014 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, when is in her first year of Ph.D. study, she took part in the student paper competition, and reached the final.

2015 Senior Student Representative for Ultrasonics
anton-shkelAnton Shkel was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1989. He received the bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. At UCLA, he conducted research in medical ultrasound imaging at the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT). Currently Anton is pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, in the field of Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) with Prof. Eun Sok Kim. His research interests include the design of piezoelectric acoustic sensors and MEMS transceiver arrays for signature detection and biomedical applications.

2015 Senior Student Representative for Ferroelectrics
xuan-chengXuan Cheng was born in Zhejiang Province in China, in 1986. She received a bachelor degree in Electronic Science and Technology (B.Eng.) from Shanghai University, in 2008. She has received a master degree in Translating and Interpreting from Macquarie University in 2010 and a second master degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Nagarajan Valanoor in UNSW. Her main research area of interest is the characterization of interfaces of nanoscaled functional metal oxides with advanced transmission electron microscopy, including high resolution imaging with scanning TEM and correlated chemical analysis such as atomic resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Her poster has been awarded as the best poster in the 14th Frontiers of Electron Microscopy in Material Science (FEMMS) Conference 2013 and she has published an ACS nano paper in her first year Ph.D. study.

2015 Senior Student Representative for Frequency Control
jian-yaoJian Yao was born in Nancheng, Jiangxi Province, China, in 1988. He received bachelor of science degree in physics from Nanjing University, China, in 2009, and master of science degree in physics from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he performs studies in GPS carrier-phase time and frequency transfer. He invented a new algorithm “NEW PPP” which achieved 3e-16 fractional frequency uncertainty at 10 days for long-distance clock comparisons. He received “Best Student Paper” at two Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) conferences.

2013-2014 Student Representative for Ultrasonics
joel-harleyJoel 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.

Mr. Harley is a recipient of the 2009 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, the 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, the 2009 Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowship (declined), and the 2008 Lamme/Westinghouse Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the 2014 Carnegie Mellon A.G. Jordan Award for academic excellence and exceptional service. He has published more than 30 technical journal and conference papers, including four best student papers. He has been an Ultrasonics student representative for the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society since 2013. He is also a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and a member of the Acoustical Society of America.

2013-2014 Student Representative for Ferroelectrics
regan-belanReagan Belan was born in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada, in 1981. She received a degree in chemistry (B.Sc.) from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia in 2009. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at Simon Fraser University. Her research area of interest is the synthesis and characterization of piezo-/ferroelectric ceramics and single crystals with a focus on the changes in structure & properties when bismuth is substituted for lead. Reagan has been a student representative in the ferroelectrics division of the UFFC since 2013.

2013-2014 Student Representative for Frequency Control
andreja-erbesAndreja Erbes was born in Nice, France, in 1987. He received his BA and MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge in 2011. In 2009 he spent a year abroad at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology within the Cambridge-MIT Exchange Program. During his time at MIT, he took part in an undergraduate-research opportunity program (UROP) under the supervision of Prof. Dana Weinstein, working in the field of Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS). He is currently pursuing his PhD degree at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr. Ashwin A Seshia. His research includes the design of MEMS resonators and CMOS circuits for low power wireless communications and timing applications.