John Lipor

BSc, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
MScKAUST
Where are you now?

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (US)

Why did you choose KAUST?

I chose KAUST because of the extremely diverse student body, the opportunity to experience a new culture, and the excitement of being part of a new university.

How did KAUST help you to achieve your career objectives so far?

Earning my MS at KAUST prepared me for my current PhD program at the University of Michigan. At KAUST, I had the opportunity to learn from excellent professors and spend a great deal of time on research, resulting in a strong background in my field that prepared me for future studies. Moreover, I believe the experience I gained played a significant role in my selection as an awardee for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

What is your research topic?

At KAUST, my research focused on transmit and receive beamforming (spatial filtering) for multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar. My current research involves signal processing methods for large-scale environmental sensing. In one project, we study blind calibration of sensor networks through the use of subspace methods. In another, we apply adaptive/sequential sampling techniques to investigate a phenomenon called hypoxia in the Great Lakes.

What were your research accomplishments at KAUST?

My research accomplishments at KAUST consisted of a journal publication in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing as well as a conference submission. 

What do you think about the KAUST environment and social life?

KAUST is a completely unique environment that I am grateful to have been a part of. I enjoyed making friends with students from almost every part of the world, learning a bit of Arabic, and taking part in the numerous cultural, athletic, and social activities on campus. Beyond this, KAUST is a place where everyone is excited about science and research. As a new student, I inherited this passion quickly, and it definitely played a role in my decision to continue to a PhD. Plus, the winters in Saudi Arabia are a whole lot better than in Michigan​!