Student Projects

Opportunities for cutting-edge research

What students learn outside the classroom is just as important as what they learn within it. Undergraduates have several opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research in areas such as machine learning, laser design and information security, as well as pursue self-motivated projects of one's own interest.

Independent Work

Students can enroll in independent study for research or engineering design projects as early as the sophomore year. Independent study projects are often extremely challenging on both a personal and an academic level. At the same time, these projects provide valuable educational experiences to prepare students for life after Princeton.

Students may suggest their own topics for independent study or work on a project in a faculty member’s research laboratory.

The department maintains a list of available opportunities as a guide to just a few of the possibilities. For up-to-date information, speak with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator or a faculty member to discuss these opportunities further. Funding is available from both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to support independent study. In addition, the Department has a funded program that supports student attendance at an appropriate domestic conference or workshop to present research results or for professional development.

Car Lab

Your junior year centers around designing and building systems and culminates in a demonstration of your work in our famous Car Lab (ELE 302), where small teams of students create autonomous vehicles that carry out specialized tasks defined by the team. For many, this is one of the highlights of their academic program.

Senior Thesis

In your senior year, you develop an independent project that applies your knowledge and skills to a real problem over the course of the full year. This is known as the senior thesis (fall ELE 497and spring ELE 498) and is completed with the guidance of a faculty adviser. Some students choose to work on projects related to the field of their adviser's research lab, while other students devise a self-directed project of research. Either way, undergraduates work closely with a world-renowned engineer to address a societal problem of your choosing.

The senior thesis is required for the electrical and computer engineering major. Senior theses are eligible for nomination for appropriate School and University awards and many have led to final results being published in engineering or scientific professional journals. Funding is available from both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to support senior thesis research.

Below is a list of senior thesis projects from the Class of 2020.

Student   Description
Neel Ajjarapu   Applications of Machine Learning to Causal Networks for Generating Attacks in Networked Systems
Nick Brady   Analysis and Simulation of Network Caching Models as a Solution for Improving Network Throughput
Abby Breitfeld   The Design and Control of an Autonomous Surface Vehicle for Object Detection
Jacob Brown   GRAVITAS: Graphical Reticulated Attack Vectors for Internet of Things Aggregate Security
Steven Chien   Augmenting ((t,n))-threshold Quantum Secret Sharing Schemes
Clare Cook   Fluorescent Microscopy for In-Vivo Imaging of Cancer Cells
Eric Dogariu   Demonstration of Wireless Power Transfer and Magnetic Field Sensing with Applications to Autonomous Systems
Jessica Ho   Out-of-domain Behavior for Urban Scenes Semantic Understanding Models
Katherine Hong   Programming a Poet: Poetry Text Generation Using LSTM Model
Alden Hunt   High Frequency Direct Digital Synthesis on an FPGA
Alex Ju   A Neural Network Based Approach to Acoustic Echo Cancellation with Nonlinear Distortions
Kevin Liu   Analyzing WhatsApp Security with Dynamic Instrumentation
Kyle MacMillan   An Evaluation of Snowflake as an Indistinguishable Censorship Circumvention Tool
Markos Markakis   Challenges and Opportunities in Heterogeneous Parallelism
McGinnis Miller   Full-Scale Integrated Microwave Photonic Predistortion Filter Chip Design
Jonah Ng   Metal-Halide Perovskites for Blue and Near-Infrared Optically Pumped Lasers
Akash Pattnaik   Investigating Sensor Fusion Models for Human Activity Recognition RISCV Tandem Simulation
Hari Santhanam   Video Synthesis: Binary Masks to Frames via DeepInversion
Kevin Wadman   Orientations from ODMR Spectra of Single Crystal Nanoscale Diamonds
Joe Zhang   Disease Diagnosis with Efficient and Accurate Neural Networks
David Zuluaga   Compact Neural Networks with AdaBoost & SCANN Integration