About the Airglow & Irregularities Research Group

Welcome!  This is the website for the research group headed by Prof. Jonathan Makela in the remote sensing and space sciences group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We focus on understanding the dynamics of the ionosphere using a combination of optical and radio techniques. This is accomplished through instrument development, experimental campaigns, and data analysis. Our group is part of the Remote Sensing & Space Science group in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. We are always looking for students interested in becoming involved in our research, especially those with a background in signal/image processing, plasma physics, or optical/radio instrument design.

Our research takes us all around the world. We are currently conducting experiments on two continents, with funding to set up sites at additional locations in the near future. See the map below for our past, current, and future locations.

In the Media

Grawe wins OSPA at AGU

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 09:02
Matthew Grawe won an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the 2018 Fall AGU meeting in Washington, DC.

Amazon gives $1M for ARISE

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 00:00
College of Engineering ARISE Program receives up to $1 million from Amazon.

Engineers SPEAK

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 13:37

Prof. Makela has been working with colleagues within the College and University to improve the communication skills of engineering students.

Harding's work featured in Newsweek and Science News

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 13:31

 Dr. Brian Harding's work detailing the effects of the 2017 eclipse on the upper atmosphere has been featured in Newsweek and Science News.

Prof. Makela named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:07

Professor Jonathan J Makela has been named as the next Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs for the College of Engineering at Illinois.