Principal Investigator

Email: yphal [at] mines [dot] edu
Office: 327D Brown Hall
1610 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401

Dr. Yamuna Phal, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

About Me

I am excited to begin my journey as an Assistant Professor at the Colorado School of Mines in the Department of Electrical Engineering starting this Fall. I am actively seeking motivated graduate students to join my research team. If you have a passion for interdisciplinary research that merges engineering, optics, and data science to advance biomedical applications, please feel free to reach out at yphal [at] mines [dot] edu!

Before pursuing my doctorate in Electrical Engineering at UIUC, I gained industry experience as an analog design engineer at Finisar and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics. My earlier research centered on developing instrumentation for space applications, and now, I am focusing on the creation of optical tools for diagnostic purposes.


  • Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

  • Work Experience

  • Institutet for Rymdfysik (IRFU), Uppsala Sweden
    Analog Research Design & EMC Engineer
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA, USA
    Graduate Fellow, Water and Carbon Cycles Group
  • Finisar Malaysia Pvt. Ltd., Ipoh, Malaysia
    Failure Analysis Engineer, Quality Analysis Department
  • Graduate Students

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    Michael Le

    PhD Student
    Department of Electrical Engineering

    Michael Le is a first year PhD student from Illinois with a focus on optical design. He received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from The Colorado School of Mines in 2019. Prior to starting his graduate program, he worked in several Aerospace startups focusing on novel systems design and alternative energy storage. Outside of school, he enjoys fly fishing, hanging out with his dog, and working on projects in his basement.

    Undergraduate Students

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    Roya Akrami

    Undergraduate Student
    Department of Electrical Engineering

    Roya Akrami is a rising sophomore pursuing an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. She is a recipient of the FIRST scholar award and the SURF scholar award from the Colorado School of Mines, which support her involvement in research projects. Recently, Roya achieved 3rd place presenting at the Mines' Spring 2024 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Outside of her academic work, she enjoys crocheting and cooking and is always excited to share her latest creations.

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    Raina Majumder

    Undergraduate Student
    Department of Applied Mathematics

    Raina Majumder is an undergraduate student pursuing her degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics with a minor in Culture, Creativity, and Communication. She is a recipient of the FIRST scholar award and the Grewcock Presidential Scholarship award from the Colorado School of Mines, both of which support her pursuits of partaking in undergraduate research. Outside of her academic work, Raina enjoys reading, crocheting, and studying for various math competitions.