Scholarship: HKN at Work

Christian Jones|Gamma Iota Chapter|University of Kansas

IEEE-HKN has played a significant role in the academic success of Christian Jones, a member of the Gamma Iota Chapter at the University of Kansas. Jones, a PhD candidate studying information and telecommunication technology, specifically radar signal processing, is a summer intern at Systems and Technology Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.

“I think HKN has been a useful tool to get to know my professors,” said Jones. “Setting up social environments for undergrads is a beneficial tool that allows students to see ‘behind the veil’ of their professors.”

Christian, sporting an HKN T-shirt, was spotted by a member of the HKN headquarters staff, who asked him to be part of our new series #HKNatWork.

As a member of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), Jones said he has developed connections with faculty and peers that guided his academic and professional path. Jones said he is achieving great success at his internship: He and his lab are in the process of publishing part of their work, and Jones is gaining hands-on professional experience that has shaped his career.

“This internship has been very productive in terms of making connections and outreach,” said Jones. “It also has been very helpful to apply my knowledge to physical problems. This helps ensure that my future research will consider the physical limitations of real systems, which are too often ignored in academia.”

In addition to his work with the lab, Jones will present his research, and his first publication will be released at the International Radar Conference in Toulon, France in September.

When at school, Christian works in the KU Radar Systems Lab (RSL), which possesses a long and prolific 50+ years of radar research. He attributes much of his success and preparation to his lab. His experiences at KU RSL have enabled him to jump into his internship without skipping a beat.

Jones returns this fall to the University of Kansas, and looks forward to continuing his studies, mountain biking, and cooking with his girlfriend. 

Following graduation, Jones said he hopes to continue working in the defense industry.

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