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CLASS Lab graduating students ready to go to industry

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The Circuit Laboratory for Advanced Sensors and Systems (CLASS) Lab at the ElectroScience Laboratory has made significant contributions to radio frequency (RF) and mm-wave circuits and systems.

Students conducting research in the lab focus on advancing beyond state-of-art mixed-signal/RF circuits and systems to enable new technology frontier. Once students complete their degrees, they are ready to enter the workforce to continue their advanced circuits work.

Hear from two students graduating this semester on their experience at ESL and in the CLASS Lab:

 

Lindsey Spangler.

Lindsey Spangler, MS in Electrical Engineering

What is your research focus?

Hardware security, specifically hardware obfuscation through logic locking.

What attracted you to this area of research?

As an undergraduate, I specialized in computer engineering because of my interest in digital electronics. The research area of logic locking intrigued me because of its focus on the digital and logic side of electronics, while also adding in an aspect of cybersecurity through the different attacks and defenses. While I didn’t know much about cybersecurity when I began at CLASS, I have a newfound interest in it because of my research and the courses I took about it!

What made you want to come to ESL?

My onboarding with ESL was interesting, as I applied to grad school in the spring of 2020. My interviews and meetings were all over Zoom, but I still found myself interested in the research and just excited that I’d be able to start doing research despite the circumstances at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

What was your experience in the CLASS lab?

Starting grad school in the pandemic certainly gave me a unique experience at CLASS, as almost all my meetings were on Zoom, and I’ve probably done more work at my apartment and on my own laptop than anyone has before. Even through the challenges of the pandemic, I’ve still gotten to meet a lot of nice, brilliant people throughout my time here. I’m really grateful to CLASS for giving me the opportunity to do some awesome research despite all the challenges of the past 2 years!

What impact has your time at ESL had on you?

Certainly, a lot of stress and sleepless nights, but on the flipside, I also am so impacted by the really smart people I’ve gotten to work with. I’ve learned so much about engineering and the process of researching that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my career.

What are your plans after graduation?

I have accepted a job with Nokia at their Bell Labs location in New Providence, New Jersey. I will be working as a FPGA Engineer.


 

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Mo'men Abusareya, PhD in Electrical Engineering

What is your research focus?

Analog and mixed signal Integrated circuits, specifically high-energy radiation detectors electronics and flexible analog to digital converters.

What attracted you to this area of research?

I always admired electronics projects as a hobby since my childhood. During my undergraduate studies, I had a great passion towards the good old analog electronics. I initially thought that we’ve been taught analog circuits as a history lesson to understand how modern systems evolved from analog to digital. But I was surprised to learn about the vast area of ongoing analog integrated circuits (IC) design in both industry and academia.

What made you want to come to ESL?

After getting my bachelor’s degree, I spent seven years in the industry as an Analog/RFIC design engineer. I eventually got bored and wanted a new career challenge to boost my saturating learning curves. I learned about a research opportunity with Professor Khalil in CLASS group from one of my colleagues, the research seemed relevant and interesting to me, so I decided to join and pursue a PhD degree.

What was your experience in the CLASS lab?

The academia in general is like mining for diamonds where you may spend years without any result and maybe suddenly you find the hidden gem that you’ve been looking for. I was trying to make sure I’m enjoying the ride, this would have not been possible without all the technical, social, and emotional support that I get by interacting with the past and current members of the group, which gave me the motivation to keep on going.

What impact has your time at ESL had on you?

I got my academic research and writing skills honed through 5+ years of ups and downs. I also learned few relevant skills that I did not have a chance to learn in the industry, such as IC layout and advanced PCB design.

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m joining Apple as an Analog/Mixed Signal IC design engineer to contribute to the design of the chips that powers their great products.

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