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

Makela receives teaching award

Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 00:33

Prof. Makela has received the 2009 ECE Ronald W. Pratt award for outstanding teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Read more...

NICE selected for Phase A studies

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 00:00

The Remote Sensing and Space Sciences group is participating in a multi-university "small explorer" satellite program. The Neutral Ion Coupling Explorer (NICE) project has been selected as one of six programs nationally to undergo preliminary study by NASA. Read more...

Prof. Makela wins two awards

Monday, August 11, 2008 - 00:00

Prof. Makela has been selected to receive the Zeldovich Medal from COSPAR and the Booker Fellowship from URSI. Read more...

Prof. Makela featured on the Weather Channel

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 00:00

The research that our group is performing in South America at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile has received a lot of attention in the popular press. You can read an article picked up by the Associated Press or watch an interview of Prof. Makela on the Weather Channel.

Prof. Makela's research on Space Weather

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 00:00

Prof. Makela's research on Space Weather has been featured by the University of Illinois' News Bureau. Read more...