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Department of Electrical Engineering has opportunities from Post Doc to the Undergraduate level for both Electrical Engineering students and non-electrical engineering students. These experiences will provide a foundation for future careers or for post graduate studies.

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Graduate Research Assistants

We are seeking a A Ph.D. student to work on a project in aeronautical communications and networking, in the Department of Electrical Engineering. The project is part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) University Leadership Initiative, and USC is leading a team that includes two other universities and one small company. The project will investigate future multi-band, multi-mode communication techniques for aeronautical applications, with the overall aim of ensuring safe, efficient growth in global aeronautics operations.

The student will work on analysis, computer simulations, prototyping, and experimental validation of communication systems employed in a variety of types of links between both piloted aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This may include air-ground, air-air, ground-ground, and other links. Investigations will involve the physical layer (PHY), data link layer (DLL), and network layer (NET). The results of the PHY/DLL/NET investigations must be translated into performance gains and improvements in air traffic management and airport operations.

The candidate must have obtained an MS in electrical (or computer) engineering, with specialization in some aspect of wireless communications and networking at the lower layers of the communications protocol stack. Example areas of specialty could include multicarrier signaling and detection, aeronautical communications, optical (wireless) communications, or ad hoc networking. Experience with software defined radios is desired. Ability to develop digital communication system computer simulations for performance evaluations in Matlab is desired, as is ability to assist in development of network-layer simulations (with, e.g., OpNet, ns-3).

For more information about this research group, please visit website.

If you are interested in this opportunity, email Prof. David Matolak


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Looking for Computer Science and Electrical Engineering undergraduates to work on the VTB (Virtual Test Bed) and S3D (Smart Ship System Design) research projects. The work involves the development of a suite of simulation tools using the latest technology available. We are looking for students interested in C++ and/or Qt programming, or with an interest in simulation and modeling.

Candidate must be in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year. If you’re interested in being part of a small, dedicated developer team, and would like to contribute to the design, implementation, and maintenance of an interesting and complex simulation application then this position is right for you.

For more information about this research group, visit website.

If you are interested in this opportunity, e-mail Rich Smart.


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