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Naira Hovakimyan 
Veronica Holloway, MechSE Communications

CSL Professor Naira Hovakimyan is poised to enter into an unprecedented third round of flight tests using her L1 adaptive control system. Read more.

Rakesh Kumar 
Joseph Park, ECE

ECE Associate Professor and Coordinated Science Lab researcher Rakesh Kumar has been honored with the Stanley H. Pierce Faculty Award. Read more.

Andrew Miller 
Joseph Park, ECE

CSL Professor Andrew Miller used measurements from radioactive decay to help secure Zcash, a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency. Read more.

Bitcoin Rakesh Kumar 
Joseph Park, ECE

ECE and CSL Associate Professor Rakesh Kumar penned an opinion piece for The Statesman, noting how the combined value of cryptocurrencies recently broke past half a trillion dollars, which is higher than the GDP of several top-20 world economies. Read more.

Bill Sanders 
Julia Sullivan, ECE

The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources invited William Sanders to testify at a full committee hearing on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Read more.

Around CSL
Engineering Open House & "Make It Work" documentary screening

Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | CSL Studio

On Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, CSL will showcase exhibits that range from surgical training with VR to autonomous robots for cats to smart energy exhibits. This year, all exhibits will be in the CSL Studio (1206 W Clark St).

7 p.m. | Friday, March 9 | CSL Auditorium

Friday night, we will be hosting the premiere of Make It Work, a documentary about CSL alumnus Aadeel Akhtar and his journey to create PSYONIC, a start-up with a mission to build an affordable, state-of-the-art bionic hand. See you there!


The 13th CSL Student Conference was a huge success. There were 835 registrants from 54 different disciplines at 15 different institutions. Across the three days, there were 26 presentations, 21 poster presentations, and 12 robotics demonstrations. At the job fair, there were 18 companies and 150 graduate students. Thanks to the CSL Student Conference Committee and CSL staff for their tremendous work.

Watch a video recap and check out photos from the conference!


Haitham Hassanieh, “CAREER: Agile and Scalable Millimeter Wave Networks,” $550,000, 5 years, NSF.

Olgica Milenkovic (PI) and Zhizhen Zhao (CO-PI), “Native DNA-Based Data Storage and Computing,” $2,501,348, 3 years, DARPA.