Electrical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Electrical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Yamuna Phal

Assistant Professor

Yamuna Phal Headshot

Yamuna’s research interests revolve around developing novel optical technologies for biomedical and space applications. Her research has earned her recognition through various scientific awards and publications, including a patent for VCD imaging. Her work has been featured on the covers of Analytical Chemistry and the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

Apart from her research accomplishments, Yamuna is also passionate about teaching. She has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the Harold Olsen Award for undergraduate teaching and the E. A. Reid Fellowship for undergraduate teaching and engineering education. She has been recognized by the President of India Award, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Rising Stars, and the Cadence Women in Technology Scholarship.


  • B.Tech Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (2011) 
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (2014) 
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering, University of Illinois (2023) 

Research Areas

  • Optical Instrumentation
  • Biosensing
  • Signal Processing
  • Computational Imaging
  • Biomedical applications
  • Space applications

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