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

ECE Story on GIC Hazards Project

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 09:20

ECE Illinois has a story on our project investigating the effects of geomagnetically induced currents on the power grid.

Matthew Grawe wins the CEDAR poster competition

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 16:14

 ECE Illinois has a story on the research Matthew Grawe is working on to understand tsunami-ionosphere coupling.

Prof. Makela gives Saturday Engineering for Everyone seminar

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:36

 Prof. Makela's seminar on "Earthquakes, tsunamis... and space?" can be viewed on Youtube.

Prof. Makela quoted in Science Magazine and Popular Mechanics

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 08:41

 Prof. Makela provided some background information on a story in Science Magazine and Popular Mechanics about the effects of plasma bubbles on military communication systems.

College of Engineering article on Airglow@Illinois

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 08:59

 The College of Engineering is carrying an article on some of the projects we are conducting.