Smart Lighing Networks (SLNet) Lab

Faculty Member

Dr. Sihua Shao currently serves as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and the Hashimoto Prize for best doctoral dissertation from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2018. He is also a faculty hire with the New Mexico SMART Grid Center. His research areas involve wireless communication and networking with primary interest in visible light communication and positioning. His current research efforts focus on retro-reflective visible light communication, deep reinforcement learning in intelligent reflecting surface aided wireless network, and ultra-low-power communication.

Ph.D. Students

Michelle Sherman (Spring 21 - Present) is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Electrical Engineering and an M.S. student with the Department of Mathematics at New Mexico Tech. She obtained the B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Optical Science and Engineering from New Mexico Tech in 2020. She joined Dr. Shao's research group in Spring 2021. She was awarded as one of the Top Three Outstanding Engineering Students of the Year by the Society of Professional Engineers at New Mexico Tech. Her research interests include machine learning, unmanned vehicles, intelligent reflecting surfaces, wireless networks.

Patrick Duane (Fall 22 – Present) is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He obtained the B.S. degree in Computer Science with a Minor in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico Tech in 2022. He joined Dr. Shao’s research group in Spring 2022. He is an alum of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. His research interests include machine learning, wireless networks, and robotics.



M.S. Students

Mario Moran (Fall 21 - Present) is an M.S. student with the Department of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He obtained the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico Tech in 2019. He joined Dr. Shao's research group in Fall 2021. His research interests include ultra-low-power visible light backscatter communication, visible light positioning, and particle swarm optimization in unmanned aerial vehicles.



Alejandra Mayorga-Del Valle (Fall 21 - Present) is an M.S. student with the Department of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. She obtained the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico Tech in 2019. She joined Dr. Shao's research group in Fall 2021. Her research interests include cybersecurity, embedded systems security, communications and networking.



Undergraduate Students

Adrian Salustri (Fall 21 – Present) is a junior student with the Department of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He joined Dr. Shao's research group in Fall 2021. His research interests include real-time signal processing, human-computer interfaces, and formal methods in systems engineering.




Mathew Salas (Spring 22 - Present) is a junior student with the Department of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He joined Dr. Shao's research group in Spring 2022. His research interests include mechatronics, automation engineering, and communications and signal processing.



















New Mexico Tech

Electrical Engineering

E-mail:sihua.shao AT nmt.edu  

Phone: 575-835-5932