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

Brian Harding receives Carver Fellowship from Illinois

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 15:12

ECE Illinois has a story about Brian Harding, who has received a Carver Fellowship from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois.

Prof. Makela wins IEEE teaching award

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 15:25

ECE Illinois is running a story on Prof. Makela being awarded the 2011 IEEE Mac Van Valkenberg Early Career Teaching Award.  He will receive this award at the 2011 Frontiers in Education conference in October.

Tsunami work French press release

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 11:01

A press release from our French colleagues working with us on our tsunami work.

Tsunami work in ScienceNews

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 11:35

Our tsunami work was picked up by Science News, Science News for Kids, Physorg, SciDev.netOptoIQ, the Maui News, Hawaii News, the Futurist, and the Indian Express.

Tsunami airglow signature

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 20:32

The Coordinated Science Laboratory and ECE Illinois are featuring an article highlighting recent observations by our group of the airglow signature caused by the recent tsunami in the Pacific Ocean.

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