Meet ESL Graduate Research Associate Justin Kuric
This installment of the ElectroScience Laboratory’s (ESL) student spotlight series features Graduate Research Associate Justin Kuric.
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Justin Kuric came to The Ohio State University for his undergraduate degree and is now working on his PhD, with a goal of graduating this year. He recently took the time to share more about himself and his work over the years at ESL. Learn more about Justin in his own words:
ESL: What is your research focus/how long have you been at ESL?
Justin Kuric: My research focuses on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), antenna calibration and adaptive antenna arrays. I started at ESL as an undergraduate and worked on a project for one year and have been at ESL while working on my PhD for six years.
What piqued your interest in this field?
Kuric: My advisor, Professor Jiti Gupta, works on a bunch of projects with different focuses. He gave me the opportunity to find what I’m interested in based on his realm of experience and [something] for it., I became interested in calibrating antenna arrays and using the anechoic chamber to improve them. My advisor really encouraged me to explore and look at all the resources and opportunities at ESL to find my focus.
What made you interested in ESL?
Kuric: A professor gave a presentation at an undergraduate research forum, and I was immediately interested in his research and the work being done at ESL. I emailed him after and got involved in a project here.
What are your goals after graduation?
Kuric: Right now, I am deciding between doing more research at ESL, going to industry in Columbus or going to one of the labs on the east coast. ESL leads to a lot of opportunities, so there are a lot of companies that I have worked with during my time at ESL that I could work for.
What did you learn from your advisor during your time at ESL?
Kuric: I have learned a lot from my advisor, both intentionally and unintentionally. Watching him do his research helped me learn how to approach projects. He also taught me how to communicate my ideas effectively and concisely. Coming from my undergraduate experience, I was good at solving problems or building software, but I was not great at communicating or saying why I was doing something. He also taught me so much about his field, and I have really enjoyed working with him.