Alexander Johnston

Mentor: Dr. Martin Uman
College of Engineering
"I chose to participate in research to supplement my academics with real-world applications in electrical engineering. With the valuable experience I could gain from working with a research group, I knew that it would foster professionalism and personal growth through proper experimentation procedure, analysis and teamwork."


Electrical Engineering



Research Interests

  • Electromagnetics
  • Signal Processing

Academic Awards

  • Florida Engineering Society Academic Scholarship 2014
  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program 2014-2016
  • John E. Morton Engineering Scholarship 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • IEEE



Hobbies and Interests

  • Astronomy
  • Racquetball
  • Guitar

Research Description

Predicted Ionospheric Activity Based On Behavior of Skywave Propagation
By collecting data from lightning discharges in thunderstorms across the state of Florida, the behavior of the electromagnetic phenomena of skywaves can be analyzed to determine features of the local ionosphere. My project consists of creating a catalogue of skywaves using data received from electric field measuring stations, with the goal of formulating a testable hypothesis of ionospheric activity based on factors such as time of day, distance of lightning discharges to detection equipment, direction of skywave propagation, and terrain.