Columbia University

WiMNet Lab Director

Gil Zussman

Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Computer Science
Member of the Data Science Institute and Computer Engineering Program
Columbia University

Office: 809 CEPSR
Phone: +1 212 854 8670
Email: gil[at]


Postdoctoral Research Scientists

Dr. Ming Yi

Data Science Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
(Co-advised with Prof. Bolun Xu)

Ming Yi is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Columbia Data Science Institute. His research focuses on development, analysis, and evaluation of algorithms and mechanisms in the area of power grid resilience, optimization, and control, in the presence of energy storage, renewables, cyber-physical failures, etc. Before joining Columbia in July 2023, Dr. Yi received his PhD in Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was advised by Professor Meng Wang.

Doctoral Students

Abhi Adhikari

Ph.D. Student
Columbia University Evergreen Fellow

Office: 801 CEPSR
Email: aa4832[at]

Abhi Adhikari received a B.S. in Computer Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) from Drexel University in 2021. His research interests are in software-defined/cognitive radio, 5G/6G networks, mmWave, and radar.

LinkedinIconJohn Drogo

Ph.D. Student
Columbia University Byron Fellow

Office: 801 CEPSR
Email: j.drogo[at]

John Drogo received a B.S. dual major in Computer Systems Engineering and Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2016 (Summa Cum Laude) and a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2020 (with Honors). Prior to Columbia he has worked as a radar systems engineer at SRC, Inc., specializing in DSP chains for on the move radar/counter-UAS, and as a software tech-lead in the Google Cloud Security team focusing on analysis systems for regulated controls. His research interests include data analytics, distributed computing, software defined radio, digital processing chains, complex signal analysis, and radar backends.

Mahshid GhasemiLinkedinIcon

Ph.D. Student
Columbia University Presidential Fellow

(co-advised with Prof. Javad Ghaderi)
Office: 801 CEPSR
Email: mahshid.ghasemi[at]

Mahshid Ghasemi received her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2019. Her research interests include Edge/cloud computing, wireless/wired networks and systems, multimedia streaming, machine learning (ML), reinforcement learning (RL), data and analytics, online optimization, and algorithms.

Kevin Hermstein

Ph.D. Student
NDSEG Fellow and Columbia University Evergreen Fellow

Office: 801 CEPSR
Email: klh217[at]

Kevin Hermstein received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Cum Laude) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2023. His research interests include wireless networks, digital signal processing, and software defined radio.

Dror Jacoby

Ph.D. student in Tel Aviv University
(co-advised with Prof. Hagit Messer Yaron)
Email: drorjacoby[at]

Dror Jacoby received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees (Magna Cum Laude) in EE from Tel-Aviv University’s Accelerated Master Program. During his research, he received the Weinstein Prize for his academic achievements and a New Generation Internet (NGI) Enrichers sponsorship to conduct research at Columbia University’s WiMNET lab. His research focuses on environmental sensing with wireless networks and predictive analysis modeling using signal processing and machine learning tools.

LinkedinIconManav Kohli

Ph.D. Student
NSF Graduate Research Fellow and NPSC Fellow

Office: 801 CEPSR
Email: manav.kohli[at]

Manav Kohli received a B.S in Electrical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Brown University in 2018, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia in 2020. His research interests include the design of algorithms at the PHY and MAC layers, full duplex networking, mmWave devices, and their impact on 5G and next-generation networks.

LinkedinIconAlon S. Levin

Ph.D. Student
NDSEG Fellow and Columbia University Byron Fellow

Office: 801 CEPSR
Email: asl2228[at]

Alon S. Levin received a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering (magna cum laude) in 2020 and a M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering in 2021, both from The Cooper Union. His research interests are in compressed sensing, PHY layer algorithms, cognitive radio, and network security.

Kobi Ravid

D.E.S. Student

Kobi Ravid received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Physics from Tel Aviv University in 2003. He Received an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering – Systems from Tel Aviv University in 2008. Kobi is a veteran wireless engineer, leading various Tier-1 industry research projects. His research interests are 5G/6G wireless architectures, mmw Front End, system level optimization, collaborative system attacks, geometrical approach to FEC and more.

Shuyue Yu

Ph.D. Student
(co-advised with Prof. Ethan Katz-Basset)
Office: 489 CSB
Email: sy3011[at]

Shuyue Yu received her B.S. in Computer Science and Information and Data Science from California Institute of Technology in 2021. Her research interests include networked and distributed systems, Internet of things, design and analysis of network algorithms, information theory, and security and privacy.

LinkedinIconChengbo Zang

Ph.D. Student
(Co-advised with Prof. Zoran Kostic)
Office: 801 CEPSR
Email: cz2678[at]

Chengbo Zang received his B.E. in Automation from Tongji University in 2021 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 2023. His research interests include principles of machine learning, deep learning, optimization and their applications in smart city intersections as well as medicine.


Prof. Dan Kilper LinkedinIcon

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist in the Data Science Institute (Professor in Trinity College Dublin and Director of CONNECT Centre)

Jhonatan Tavori

Visiting Ph.D. Student from Tel Aviv University via NGI Enrichers Program

Masters, Undergraduate, and High School Students

David Chen

High School Student from Stuyvesant High School

Riju Dey

Computer Science Undergraduate Student

Qianfei Ben Hu

Computer Science MS Student

Sasha Isler

Computer Engineering Undergraduate Student

Kechen Liu

Computer Science Undergraduate Student

Xinyu Ouyan

Electrical Engineering MS Student

Eliot Flores Portillo

Electrical Engineering MS Student

Sunny Carlin Qi

Computer Science Undergraduate Student

José Daniel Rubenstein

Computer Science Undergraduate Student from Rutgers University

Gal Sternberg

High School Student from Tenafly High School

Irfan Tamim

Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Student

Anya Renee Trumbach

Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Student

Liao Zhu

Computer Science and Mathematics Undergraduate Student from University of Iowa (via the Amazon SURE program)