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Summer Research Program Lunch and Learn: Grad School 101 - Bill Kramer, Yongjoo Park, Elahe Soltanaghai

Event Type
Illinois Computer Science
Hybrid (In-person at Siebel Center, room 2405 and online at zoom link)
Jul 6, 2022   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
Computer Science Summer REU Events

Grad School 101

This session will include information about graduate school from both the student and faculty perspective. It will address questions such as: What is grad school like? How is it different from undergrad? How do you pay for it? Is it for everyone? Masters vs. PhD--what do these degrees do for you? Do you need to put your life on hold when you are in grad school? What are some of the best things about grad school?

Professors Bill Kramer, Yongjoo Park, and Elahe Soltanaghai will be this session's panelists.


William T.C. Kramer is the Executive Director for the Illinois OVCRI  New Frontiers Initiative and PI/ Director of the Leadership-class Blue Waters Project (  He holds an appointment as a full Research Professor of Computer Science at Illinois.


Yongjoo Park is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a part of the Data and Information Systems Lab. Yongjoo builds intelligent data-intensive systems using statistical and AI techniques. Yongjoo obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2017, and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University. Yongjoo has received a 2021 Engineering Council Outstanding Advising Award and a 2017 ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Dissertation Award runner-up. Yongjoo has also co-founded a startup company (Keebo, Inc.).


Elahe Soltanaghai is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research spans the areas of wireless sensing and networking with applications in IoT and Cyber-Physical Systems. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in CyLab. She received her PhD in Computer Science from University of Virginia. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of her research, her work has been published in premier conferences and journals in the areas of mobile and ubiquitous computing, wireless networks, and energy and infrastructure. She has been named one of the 10 Rising Star Women in Networking and Communications in 2021. She is also the recipient of 2020 ACM SIGMOBILE Dissertation Award runner-up and 2019 EECS Rising Stars.

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