Future ECE researcher named among 2020 cohort of Ohio State Presidential Postdoctoral Scholars

Posted: April 10, 2020

An incoming Electrical and Computer Engineering researcher was announced among The Ohio State University’s 2020 cohort of President’s Postdoctoral Scholars. 

The program recognizes outstanding young researchers at the university, plus helps aid in the recruitment of highly qualified postdoctoral trainees to become leaders in their fields.

Tianlin Wang, electrical and computer engineering, is among just 10 chosen from a diverse and highly competitive pool of national and international applicants. He will receive his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and plans to start at Ohio State on Jan. 1, 2021.

As a child, Wang's fascination with maps of the Earth led him to question how people created them in the first place. As he explained during his time as a PhD candidate in Michigan, the field of ECE provided him a way to further improve remote sensing techniques to see the Earth better than ever before.

Wang's research contributes directly to the NASA Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System NASA (CYGNSS) Earth Venture mission, a constellation of eight satellites in Earth orbit used for sensing wind speeds over the ocean. His research interests include applied electromagnetics, microwave remote sensing and radio frequency (RF) circuits.


At Ohio State, his project will focus on extending CYGNSS measurements of soil moisture and inundation over land surfaces. His faculty mentor is ECE Professor Joel Johnson.

Now in its third year in existence, the President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program supports scholarly training of PhDs and terminal degree holders who are pursuing careers in research and creative expression. The selected scholars receive professional development and faculty mentoring. The Office of the President and the sponsor college of each scholar provide salary, benefits and program support.

To learn about all 10 recipients in the latest cohort, visit the Office of Research website. https://research.osu.edu/ppsp/ppsp-participants/