Three graduate students have been awarded the Yan Huo *94 Graduate Fellowship in Electrical Engineering: Yushan Liu, advised by Prateek Mittal, Prashanth Venkataram, advised by Alejandro Rodriguez, and Ross Kerner, advised by Barry Rand. The fellowship is for the 2017 - 2018 academic year and is used to support post-general exam PhD students.
Yushan earned her Bachelor's degree at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Yushan is broadly interested in network privacy and security, trustworthy social networks, data privacy, and machine learning. Recently, she has been working on projects on enhancing the privacy and security in the anonymous communication networks and social network based systems.
Prashanth attended MIT, majoring in physics and minoring in economics. Since coming to Princeton University, he has been interested in theoretically and computationally modeling fluctuational electromagnetic interactions at the nanoscale, including van der Waals or Casimir interactions as well as heat transfer, in which the material properties and shapes of bodies simultaneously at atomic and much larger scales matter quite a bit. Outside of research, he enjoys spending time with family & friends, reading, and swimming.
Ross earned his undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from University of Minnesota in 2013. Ross’s research interests during this time were ensnared by electronic materials which led him to pursue an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. at Princeton University. While at Princeton, he has intersected his two areas of expertise by studying electrochemical reactions occurring in novel optoelectronic devices. This work has led to the identification of several key chemical mechanisms linked to the performance and stability of perovskite solar cells. Addressing these challenges is paramount for the commercialization of the technology.