Vaishnavi Ranganathan

PhD student


Sensor Systems Lab

Electrical Engineering

University of Washington, Seattle


Design Software

Solid Works, AutoCAD, Altium, Eagle, Cadence, HFSS, Encounter, COMSOL, L-Edit, GNU Radio

Programming Skills

Verilog, C/C++, Python, Labview


IC Station, Wire bonding, SEM imaging, Semiconductor characterization, Clean-100 fabrication

Technical skills

PCB Design, Wireless Power, RFID Communication, MEMS/NEMS, Low-Power IoT

Software Defined Radio, Machine Learning

IC Fabrication, Biocompatible Packaging

About Me

Sept 2013 - Current

I am a Ph.D. Student in the Sensor Systems Lab at the University of Washington, Seattle. My research interests involve developing low-power embedded devices for monitoring physiological parameters and IoT applications. Specifically, I have worked on HF and UHF wireless power harvesting, ultra-low-power wireless communication and computation for implantable and wearable devices.

Aug 2011 - Jul 2013

I received my Masters in EECS from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland OH. As a part of the Nanoscape Lab I pursued research on NEMS for high-speed switching and non-volatile memory. In addition, I was involved in the development of a dual purpose implantable ultrasonic assembly for detecting recurrent cancer, and design and analysis of a nanochannel for fast and precise DNA base sequencing.

B.Tech /ASE India
Aug 2007 - July 2011

I received my B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, India and was a research student at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay during my senior year in B.Tech. As an undergraduate I gained experience in robotics, MEMS and was a member of SAE India.

Work Experience

Microsoft Research / Medical Devices Group, Redmond
June 2016 - August 2016

As a summer intern in the Medical Devices Group at MSR I developed a small form factor wearable passive sensor for continuous physiological monitoring. The device was designed to operate with ultra-low power consumption and leveraged UHF frequency for communication and power.