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Message to Prospective Students

First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to look at my web pages. I appreciate your interest in my research and in the activities of our group. Unfortunately, since I receive an overwhelming number of e-mail messages from prospective students, there are too many messages for me to respond personally to each one. So please accept my apologies for this general response to student inquiries.

Prospective Graduate Students: Working with exceptional graduate students is the highlight of my job here at UIC. Admission to the ECE department at UIC is based on merit, and applications are reviewed by the department's Graduate Admissions Committee. Decisions regarding openings for new graduate assistants, acceptance, and funding are made in the late fall for spring admission and in the late spring for fall admission. The graduate committee decides the requirements for admission. Direct solicitations to faculty members for admission are not accommodated. That said, I am primarily interested in working with students that are interested in earning a Ph.D. I look for students that write thoughtful personal statements that speak to the agenda of the wireless communication lab, that have interesting backgrounds and experiences, that receive recommendations from trusted colleagues whose work I know, that have demonstrated a mature approach to school, and possess good grades (and acceptable GRE). Previous research experiences are very attractive and publications are impressive if you have them. Most of all, I look for students who are self-motivated and willing to make mistakes often in search of excellence.

Prospective Undergraduate Researchers: Purdue University Calumet offers a paid intensive 9-week summer residential program on sustainable wireless communication research. I am a co-PI of this NSF-funded program. The program focuses on the following research topics: spectrum and energy efficiency, adaptive backbone-based routing, adaptive network recovery and sustainable wireless networks under intentional attacks. If you are interested, visit http://cs.purduecal.edu/reu/.

Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows: Postdoctoral fellows in my laboratory are hired for specific grant funded positions. There are no such positions available unless there is a current posting on my web page or the wireless communication web page.

My Students:

  • Saeed Vahidian, Ph.D. graduate student
  • Zohreh Ovaisi, Ph.D. graduate student (co-advisers Prof. Daniela Tuninetti, Prof. Natashe Devroye, and Prof. Hulya Seferoglu)
  • Farhad Farzami, Ph.D. graduate student (co-adviser Prof. Danilo Erricolo)
  • Mohammadreza Mousaei, Ph.D. graduate student
  • Xinghao Gu, Ph.D. graduate student
  • Seiran Khaledian, Ph.D. graduate student
  • Hongyi Zhu, Ph.D. graduate student (co-adviser Prof. David Love)
  • Konstantin Muranov, Ph.D. graduate student (co-adviser Prof. Natasha Devroye)
  • Shajid Islam, previous graduate student -- University of Oklahoma
  • Tian Li, previous graduate student -- Marvell Semiconductor Inc.
  • Md. Maksud Alam, previous graduate student -- North South University, Bangladesh

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