Yamuna Phal is a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She received her B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R) and a MS from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), both in Electrical Engineering. After working as an analog research engineer with Finisar and Swedish Institute of Space Physics, she joined Prof. Bhargava’s research group to develop next- generation IR imaging instruments. Using her expertise in spectroscopic imaging for remote sensing applications, she now seeks to develop novel disease diagnostic technology. Yamuna is a recipient of prestigious President of India Award (IIT-R), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Fellowship (Caltech), Nadine Barrie Smith Award and James Henderson Fellowship (UIUC). She is a passionate teacher and has been recognized by the Harold Olsen Award (UIUC) for undergraduate teaching. She currently serves as President of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) student chapter at UIUC.