My ESL: Allyanna Rice begins graduate research at ESL
Each semester, the ElectroScience Laboratory at The Ohio State University welcomes a host of graduate students aspiring to learn and advance research initiatives at this world-class facility. Bringing diverse backgrounds and scientific interests, the students have a profound impact on each of the core competencies of ESL: electromagnetics; mixed-signal and assured microelectronics; remote sensing and spectroscopy; radar, navigation, and communications systems; mmWaves, THz, and photonics.
Allyanna Rice is one of those students. A native of Ellicott City, Maryland, she joined the ESL community at the start of the 2020-21 academic year and is part of Professor Asimina Kiourti’s Wearable and Implantable Technologies (WIT) research group. Ally, who completed her undergraduate studies in electrical engineering at Clemson University, recently took the time to share insight into her journey to ESL and highlight her current academic and research pursuits. She also illuminated what it’s been like to start her time as a Buckeye during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about Ally - in her own words:
What made Ohio State, and more specifically ESL, the right fit for you?
ESL had all of the resources I would need for graduate school as well as the name recognition to set me up for a good career after. All the faculty, staff, and other graduate students I met when I visited were very welcoming and made me feel like I could be happy and successful here.
What will be your research focus at ESL?
I’m joining the Wearable and Implantable Technologies (WIT) group led by Dr. Asimina Kiourti. The group does interdisciplinary research at the intersection of bioelectromagnetics, sensors, materials, and medicine. Specifically, I am researching antennas for into-body radiation and communication.
What attracted you to this area of research?
I was attracted to bioelectromagnetics because it is a multidisciplinary field. There are opportunities for collaboration with professors in ECE, professors in other departments, or even professionals at the medical school. There is also the potential to have a real impact on people's lives through the technology being designed in the group.
What is something you're looking forward to learning more about or gaining experience in?
I’m looking forward to getting more hands-on experience using all of the equipment and resources that are available at the ESL.
What has it been like joining the ESL community during the coronavirus pandemic?
Everyone I have met at the ESL, mostly virtually, has been super welcoming. I am looking forward to the day we can all meet safely.
What three adjectives best describe you?
I’m determined, honest, and positive.
What are your interests outside of school and work?
I enjoy anything that involves being outside – running, hiking, camping, and biking! I also love painting and have been trying lots of new recipes during quarantine.
What qualities do you look for in a friend?
Someone who is kind, trustworthy, and always down for an adventure.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
It is tough to choose just one place, but right now, I would pick Peru! There is so much history, culture, and good food to experience on top of the amazing sights.
Describe the best day you've had recently.
I was fortunate to (safely) visit the Adirondacks in New York this summer with my family. It was awesome to spend the days climbing mountains and hanging out by the lake with my family before moving to Columbus to start graduate school.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
On behalf of the extended ESL community, we’d like to welcome Ally and her peers to Ohio State and, more specifically, the ElectroScience Laboratory.