Student Profile - Muzhi Wang: A passion for research

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Muzhi Wang
Muzhi Wang (EE senior) in a MEMS lab holding a wafer he fabricated in the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility

Muzhi Wang, an undergraduate student in electrical engineering, found his calling in the research lab. He got there by discovering and then actively pursuing his primary interests.

Muzhi transferred to Michigan from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, his junior year. When he got here he took a variety of courses in different areas, including circuits, electromagnetics, and systems.

His strong interest in circuits led him to take the major design experience course EECS 427 (VLSI Design I). Muzhi said the class was "fantastic and very rewarding," despite having to spend many long nights on the project. In fact, when asked what his favorite courses were at Michigan, he said EECS 427, as well as EECS 470 (Computer Architecture), another course with a reputation for being very time intensive. His group ended up taking first prize in the AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest – which is an informal contest held among the student teams in EECS 427.

Muzhi then started to look for an opportunity to do real research.

When offered a chance to work with Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh on a project combining MEMS and circuits, he took it gratefully. Muzhi had been a grader for EECS 311, taught by Prof. Rais-Zadeh, and he approached her about the possibility of working with her group.

An example of a newly-fabricated wafer
created in the LNF

It turns out she needed some work done on a modulator that was in the fabrication stage – so he spent much of the summer getting trained in the cleanroom of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) in order to be able to contribute to the research.

"It's very exciting to finish the fabrication process and begin testing something I've made in the cleanroom," said Muzhi. He added, "The graduate students have been great mentors, and are now my friends." He's been working on the project for more than a year.

Muzhi recently learned he was accepted into the Ph.D. program at Michigan, working with Prof. Rais-Zadeh. He enjoys the life of a researcher, and is excited to begin exploring new paths in the relatively new field of RF MEMS.

Outside Activities

Muzhi doesn't spend ALL his time in the lab and doing coursework. He is an avid cyclist, and enjoys bicycling in all the local parks. He also swims regularly at the Rec center, and is a member of an informal band that he and some friends formed last summer.

Advice for students

Follow your interests – "if you just concentrate on preparing yourself for a job that's out there today," said Muzhi, "that job may be gone in 10-20 years anyway, so let your interests determine your path."


May 1, 2013
Catharine June (
Communications Coordinator
EECS/Electrical & Computer Engineering