This project is about building low-cost ultrasounic phased arrays to enable biological monitoring. The end goal of the project is building a passive fish-tracking system that can dramatically extend the lifetime of biological monitoring for the purpose of marine ecology, but there are a variety of intermediate applications that are well served by the project, like cheap scanning sonar or communication with micro-scale robots.
We’re pursuing this project because underwater communication, especially in the ocean, is challenging. Salt water absorbs radio waves, and sound waves, which are the most common alternative, have a long, unwieldly wavelength. However, many of the innovations that help modern digital radios communicate have not yet been applied to underwater communication links, which means there is an opportunity to build some interesting ultrasound circuits.
Applicants for this role would, characterize the ultrasound array, develop imaging software, develop a second-generation ultrasound PCB, and assemble a robotic gantry in the test tank to automate our testing.
ESSAY PROMPT: Total length is ~3 paragraphs. 1. Tell me about a time you got stuck on a technical problem and how you got unstuck. 2. Explain why you're interested in this project and what you hope to get from it.
NOTE: Successful applicants to this project will be recruited to the research group during the spring semester and compensated with academic credit. Full time, paid summer hires will be recruited from within the research group in the spring.
The Analog Circuit Engineering (ACE) lab is the best way to experience building and testing a circuit from start to finish before clinic. If you want to build circuits, the ACE lab can get you there.
The ACE lab meetings are also ways to learn about the semiconductor industry, giving presentations and reading academic papers. Students have said that the meetings fun, relaxed, and a welcome chance to pursue interests of their choice.