Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

GRA openings are typically provided directly by the faculty, subject to the approval of the ECE department and the graduate school at UTSA. GRAs offer a monthly stipend/salary as well as some support for the tuition and fees. GRAs working 20 hours/week qualify for in-state tuition and fees, which significantly reduces the cost.

Some available Graduate Research Assistantship openings in different research areas:

  • Computer Engineering & Security:The Computer Security Research Group (CSRG) conducts research in fundamental and applied aspects of information security. In particular, CSRG members work on foundational aspects of authorization in information systems in the context of technology domains such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Mobile Computing and Social Computing. CSRG projects are supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the industry.
    • Students interested in working in CSRG are expected to have very strong analytical, computer programming and discrete math skills. Please contact Dr. Ram Krishnan if interested. Visit  for more details.
  • Digital System Design:The Digital System Design Lab at UTSA performs research mainly in three areas: (a) a high-level design methodology for VLSI design, (b) run-time monitoring system for Internet-of-Things (IoT), and (c) high-performance storage systems. The focus of theses research activities is on the computer architecture which spans to both hardware and software. Anyone who is interested in these topics and good at Verilog and/or C programming is welcomed to contact Dr. Junghee Lee. Visit  for more details.
  • Computer Architecture:Founded by Dr. Lide Duan in 2014, Systems and Architectures Lab at UT San Antonio (SALSA) conducts research on designing and optimizing computer systems and architectures. Our research topics include, but not limited to, processor microarchitectures, reliability, power and energy efficiency, computing systems design in different layers, and so on. We are also interested in non-core system-on-chip components design, and architectural support for emerging technologies and trends. SALSA is always looking for self-motivated and hard-working students to join! Visit for more details.
  • Systems and Nonlinear Control:Founded by Professor and ECE Department Chair Dr. Chunjiang Qian, the Control, Computation and Cybernetics (C3) Laboratory is a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research efforts dedicated to developing innovative control technology for the problems of complex systems. Our research covers both theoretical and practical topics: (1) Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (UAVs) for active tracking and prolonged reconnaissance through unstable environments; (2) developing hardware that duplicates nonlinear systems for implementing and testing control techniques; (3) methods for modeling theoretical and experimental systems; (4) new control strategies for measuring limited or low-observable systems with bounded and unbounded states and single or multiple inputs; (5) developing real-time computational methods for optimal control of aerospace, mobile robots, and power plants.
  • Oppotunities at C3:Ph.D. Scholarship: PhD scholarships in Systems and Control with emphasis on Nonlinear Control are available. Applicants should have a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics with preferably good knowledge of dynamics and control systems.Visiting Scholars are welcome: C3 Lab welcomes visiting scholars with similar academic background.Interested students or scholars may contact Dr. Qian via email (
  • Nanoelectronics:We, the UTSA Nanoelectronics Lab, are a research group led by Dr. Ethan Ahn in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at UTSA. Our research focuses on emerging nanoscale materials and devices technology, exploring such topics as (but not limited to):
    • a. Energy-efficient logic and memory devices for future computing paradigm Carbon-based and other nanoscale low-dimensional materials (e.g. CNT, graphene, Transition Metal Dichalcogenide, etc.)
    • b. Experimental and computational exploration of emerging nanoscale devices with emphasis on carrier transport (electron/phonon/spin)
    • c. Beyond-Si CMOS electronics including spintronics, steep-subthreshold (< 60mV/decade) electronics, energy conversion/harvesting (thermoelectrics)

    If you are interested in joining the UTSA Nanoelectronics Lab, please contact Dr. Ethan Ahn. Visit for more details.

  • Photonics and Communications:Dr. Shadaram is interested in hiring both MS and PhD students, preferably doctoral students who are interested in the following research areas:
    • a. Photonic generation and transmission of millimeter waves
    • b. Broadband Communications
    • c. Optical Sensors

    Please visit for more details.

  • Distributed Control and Optimization:Dr. Cao is interested in hiring graduate students with research interests in distributed optimization and control, human-robot interaction, machine learning, and motion planning. Research will be conducted in the Unmanned Systems Laboratory at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTSA, under the supervision of Dr. Yongcan Cao.Please visit for more details.
  • Smart Power Grids:Dr. Nikolaos Gatsis is interested in hiring graduate students to work with him in the areas of smart power grids, communication networks, and cyber-physical systems, with emphasis on optimal resource management. Future students can contact the faculty Dr. Gatsis by email visit to learn more about Dr. Gatsis’ research interests.
  • Power Electronics:Power Electronics is an enabling technology providing the needed interface between the electrical source and the electrical load. The research group at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UTSA, concentrates on applications of power electronics in the field of renewable energy such as Photovoltaic inverters, integration with energy storage, power electronic transformers, bi-directional power converters for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and voltage regulation from PV inverters. Graduate students are welcome to apply for open research assistant positions in this group. Future students can contact the faculty Dr. Krishnaswami by e-mail: Hariharan.Krishnaswami@utsa.eduPlease visit for more details.
  • Optimization and Control of CPS with Applications to Smart Grids:Dr. Taha is looking for PhD students to perform research in CPSs with strong emphasis on control and optimization theories.Please visit for more details.