Crossing paths: How hobbies shaped Yamuna Phal's research
This summer, engineer-slash-photographer Yamuna Phal earned her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and wrapped up four years of research at the Beckman Institute. As she prepares for an assistant professorship at the Colorado School of Mines, she credits her professional success to a single decision.Read More
ECE graduate student Phal's research featured on journal cover for a third time
A skilled artist and photographer, ECE doctoral student Yamuna Phal relishes the opportunity to create striking images representing her research. In June, the Journal of Physical Chemistry C featured her work on its cover, marking the third time one of her papers made the cover of a major peer-reviewed journal.Read More
PhD Candidate Yamuna Phal wins 2021 FACSS SciX Conference Poster Award
Illinois ECE PhD candidate Yamuna Phal won the poster award at the 2021 FACSS SciX Conference for her poster presentation “Vibrational Circular Dichroism Imaging: A new tool to examine biological materials.” The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Sciences (FACSS) SciX 2021 was held in Providence, Rhode Island.Read More
ECE PhD students among top researchers invited to 2021 MIT EECS Rising Stars workshop
Illinois ECE doctoral researchers Mei-Yun Lin, Srilakshmi Pattabiraman, and Yamuna Phal were among the 89 invited young women engineers and computer scientists worldwide who participated in the MIT EECS Rising Stars 2021 academic workshop held virtually October 14-15.
For its ninth year, Rising Stars provided graduate students and post-docs with historically marginalized or underrepresented genders with opportunities for mentoring and practical information they need to launch and sustain a successful academic career in electrical engineering, computer science, and artificial intelligence and decision-making.Read More
Phal represents UIUC at 2021 MIT EECS Rising Stars workshop
Yamuna Phal presented “Emerging Techniques in Infrared Imaging” at the 2021 MIT EECS Rising Stars Workshop designed to recognize and empower students with underrepresented gender identities in the STEM fields. Her research, “encompasses a fundamental information theory approach that pushes the spatial and spectral limits of IR microscopy”. This workshop helps highlight the work of historically marginalized and underrepresented genders in the electrical engineering and computer science fields.
Phal’s research in Beckman’s Computational Imaging Group advances infrared imaging technology for better, faster disease diagnosis. Her presentation, titled “Emerging Techniques in Infrared Imaging,” expounded on this groundbreaking work.Read More