There's a lot going on in the world around us, both at the planetary scale and the microscopic. Tools to keep track of it all have grown incredibly sensitive, giving us satellites to monitor the symptoms of climate change, embedded computers to tell us about our health and our home, and sensing devices to monitor crops, detect problems in infrastructure, ensure safe air and water.

In ECE, we are probing the brain to treat complex diseases like Parkinson's, we are sending some of the most sensitive antennas and sensors into space on NASA missions, we are monitoring the soil for effective agriculture, and putting tiny sensing devices on drones and unmanned vehicles to give us a remote look at dangerous areas.

Soil moisture data is just as important to NASA engineers as it is to local farmers. For example, Prof. Mingyan Liu uses this data to monitor climate patterns and predict landslides. 

ECE at Work

Researchers Build Groundbreaking Device for NASA SMAP Mission
The SMAP mission is NASA's most ambitious sensing project yet for measuring global soil moisture levels. The data the satellites collect will enhance our understanding of weather and climate.

Research in Low-Power Devices for Internet of Things Sensing Applications
An ECE grad student is applying low power circuit design techniques to build a battery-less, long range radio for remote sensing applications.
Brain Mapping
Tiny electrodes and LEDS work to eavesdrop on neural activity, stimulating the mind’s circuitry and helping us map how it works.

Injectable Computers Sense from Inside the Body
These millimeter-scale ultra-low-power sensing systems that can be injected into the body through a syringe, and can broadcast through the human body to an external receiver.

Ice Sensing

A New, Low-Cost Way to Evaluate Environmental Change
An ECE grad student developed a new way to remotely measure ice and snow thickness with a low-cost, low-power technology he calls wideband autocorrelation radiometry.

ECE Tech in the World