Research Videos

Explore the latest insights from WashU's Electrical & Systems Engineering faculty on our dedicated media page. Delve into their discussions on groundbreaking research efforts and aspirations. Within the McKelvey School of Engineering, our faculty members are at the forefront of cutting-edge research. Join us in uncovering the exciting advancements and accomplishments of our department's esteemed academic community.

The Lawrence Lab pioneers nanoscale engineering to advance light-based technologies, particularly in the realm of lidar systems. Departing from conventional electricity-based approaches, the lab utilizes nano-scale optical antennas to manipulate light direction, enhancing communication speed and efficiency while strengthening light intensity and inducing non-linear and active phenomena. This innovative methodology, explored within the lab, not only automates modern technologies but also delves into the intricacies of diffraction for heightened light within objects.

The Lab of ShiNung Ching is at the intersection of engineering, science, and medicine with applications of mathematical and engineering principles to unravel the complexities of the human brain. In collaboration with the Washington University School of Medicine, the group analyzes EEGs from pediatric patients, aiming to understand brain dynamics and develop a pattern-detection pipeline for improved interventions. Their focus extends to investigating how early sensory networks process peripheral stimuli information for higher-level brain functions, emphasizing formal mathematical descriptions and training recurrent neural networks to comprehend cognitive tasks and reverse engineer their performance for deeper insights into brain computation.

The Shantanu Chakrabartty Lab engages in comprehensive research, from formulating equations and solving models to implementing solutions on chips. PhD students in the lab conceptualize and apply ideas in real-world scenarios. Ongoing projects include understanding the impact of environmental variations on system performance, developing a wireless insect signal recording system, and creating technology for non-invasive blood sugar measurement within the oral cavity.

The Lew Lab specializes in crafting innovative microscopes to reveal hidden details in biological systems and materials through light manipulation. Embracing diversity, the team collaborates across varied disciplines, fostering a vibrant and innovative research environment. Described as "optical magicians," students like Tina work on enhancing image quality with engineered face masks, while others, such as Hossam and Aman Chow, contribute to vital aspects like parameter estimation and precise measurement of molecular motions, collectively advancing scientific understanding and disease combat strategies.

Around ESE

Experience the dynamic pulse of innovation at the heart of the Electrical & Systems Engineering department. These videos will offer a glimpse into the energy and creativity propelling the future of ESE.

PhD in Electrical & Systems Engineering

Andrew Clark, an associate professor and director of PhD recruitment and admissions in the electrical and systems engineering department, discusses the unique aspects of ESE. He is joined by PhD candidates Maxwell Adolphson, BethAnna Jones, Addison Schwamb, and Hongchao Zhang, who emphasize the distinctive perspective on engineering challenges, the collegial environment, and numerous collaboration opportunities across departments and schools.

The Winter Research Symposium serves as a crucial gathering for the ESE community to celebrate ongoing research. It provides an opportunity for student researchers to showcase their work through posters. Matthew Lew, Associate Professor, also provides insight about why you should consider undergraduate research within ESE and why it is important. It offers a unique learning experience outside the traditional classroom setting, allowing students to tackle real-world challenges and innovate.

In Shen Zeng's lab, students are actively involved in constructing and evaluating drones to enhance complex dynamic systems. The Systems Theory Lab at Washington University in St. Louis engages in fundamental research, concentrating on the analysis and control of intricate dynamical systems. This research spans the exploration of fundamental principles and limits, the development of practical computational solutions, and a commitment to comprehensive teaching in areas related to systems, dynamics, and controls at all educational levels.


The Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering hosted its second annual ESE DAY which celebrates the impact of our students and faculty in 2022-2023.

The Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering proudly presented its inaugural ESE DAY. This marks the dedicated to celebrating the significant contributions of our students and faculty during the academic year 2021-2022.

The winter research symposium, expertly presented by a cohort of enthusiastic undergraduates, showcased a diverse array of cutting-edge projects that spanns various disciplines. Attendees were treated to a glimpse of the students' dedication and passion as they eloquently communicated their research methodologies, results, and potential implications.