Faculty Profile

Christopher Schmitz

Christopher Schmitz
Christopher Schmitz

Primary Research Area

  • Electronics, Plasmonics, and Photonics - RF and microwave engineering


  • Ph.D. in ECE at the University of Illinois, 2002.


Dr. Schmitz was born￿December￿30, 1969￿in Pana, Illinois.￿ He is the seventh of 12 sons born to Leland and Doris Schmitz.￿ He graduated valedictorian of Pana High School in 1988 and was a Bronze Tablet recipient upon receiving his BS in ECE at the University of Illinois in 1993.￿￿He also received his MS and Ph.D. in ECE at the University of Illinois in 1996 and 2002, in the areas of fault-tolerant adaptive filtering and interference cancellation in multi-user communications, respectively.￿ From September 1995 through January 1997, Schmitz worked at TRW Space and Electronics Group in Hermosa Beach, California, in the areas of adaptive nulling and satellite communication.￿ Upon completion of his Ph.D. in 2002, he worked as an academic professional at Beckman Institute of the University of Illinois to develop and test signal processing and wireless communication algorithms for advanced hearing device designs.￿ Since 2005, Schmitz has also been active in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department performing course development work and teaching in the areas of digital signal processing and digital communications.￿ He has a special interest in the use of technology in the classroom to enhance the learning environment and alleviate the traditional dry lecture setting. His website can be found at http://publish.illinois.edu/cdschmitz/.

Teaching Statement

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- restatement of Einstein

Teaching is vital to the success of the University of Illinois.￿ We must always look towards finding simple and engaging ways to demonstrate complex ideas to our students.￿ Available technology provides access to demonstrative components missing from the classic "chalkboard lecture" while breaking the monotony of a 50-plus minute lecture. Students need to be engaged in the classroom through regular interactive activities.

Research Statement

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

I will entertain individual study projects in the areas of signal processing, communications, and circuits at any level of study.

Research Interests

  • Acoustic Signal Processing for Hearing-Aid Applications
  • Multiuser Detection
  • Adaptive Signal Processing and Beamforming
  • Wireless Communication
  • Improving Education in STEM Disciplines