Research Opportunity (for Credit – EE 499 or EE 599)

From: José Tomás Arenas – MSEE Spring 2017 –
The following information is about a project that I’ve been involved in and it’s transitioning to the experimental stage.
I’ve been working with a Doctorate student in the Biology department who is doing a very interesting project that requires to measure the internal flow of nutrients and water in trees. At this moment, we have the electronics already designed, the PCBs and components at hand, as well as a basic Arduino program that takes the readings. We are looking for an EE student at any level that would like to take over the instrumentation and perform the experiments at the greenhouse in the Center for Urban Horticulture.
The student must have experience with soldering components into PCBs, Arduino programming, and understanding of analog signals (amplification and filtering). The time commitment would be around two half days a week for a month to prep the equipment for the experiments and then a couple of days monitoring the actual measurements.
Please contact Johanna Cantillo at or Tomás Arenas at
Start date: Sept. 27th, 2017 (As soon as possible)
End date: Nov. 31st, 2017
  • This is not a paid RA position, however this would be an opportunity to earn research credits (if you are an undergrad, discuss with undergrad advising staff; if grad student – see Brenda). The supervising faculty would be Dr. Soo-Hyung Kim from the SEFS department.
Days and hours needed:   2 half days / week for TWO months = 32-36 hours each month. This equates to registering for 2-3 credits of research in autumn quarter.
If interested, please contact Johanna Cantillo at or Tomás Arenas at
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