Hello !
I'm Ashley Alva

PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer engineering @Georgia Institute of Technology


   My passion for ultrasound grew when my uncle with terminal cancer wasn’t allowed any more diagnostic imaging because the radiation accumulation would cause more damage than the cancer itself. Ultrasound on the other hand is an extremely safe imaging technique and is the first one we all went through when we were in our mother’s womb. Current research has shown that it not only can image these cute little babies safely but also diagnose cancers. So the utilities are many  and my research tries to explore some of them. Firstly, my work looks into improving the quality of ultrasound imaging by making it crisper(resolution) and cleaner (SNR).  Ever wonder what the heck you are looking at in an ultrasound image? yup, that’s what I’m trying to solve . Secondly, I am looking into making cancer diagnosis with ultrasound more robust so it actually goes into clinics so no one else’s family members have to be denied imaging. Ultrasound is indeed fascinating but everything has its limits so  I basically start each of my experiments with “…but really how sound is ultrasound?” and its been pretty sound so far. So in summary,  my research is looking into 1)using ultrasound for diagnosis of cancer and 2) improving resolution of ultrasound imaging so we can do #1. Also, shoutout to my lab, UBL lab where I get to do all this fascinating research. 

TLDR: watch My 3 minute thesis 

P.S- I plan to use this space to upload relevant notes related to my classes, some algorithms I developed and  also some other fun stuff (which may include a rating of croissants across the country).


2017 – Present

Georgia Institute of Technology,

PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering

Focus: Digital Signal Processing

2017 – 2019

Georgia Institute of Technology,

M.Sc Electrical and Computer Engineering

Focus: Digital Signal Processing

2014 – 2015

Georgia Institute of Technology,

M.Sc Biomedical Engineering

Focus: Biomedical Sensors


Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

B.E Electronics and Instrumentation

Focus: Medical instrumentation






Ultrasound Acoustics Intern

Apr 2022 – Aug 2022

Neurological Biomaterials and Cancer Therapeutics Laboratory 

Senior Research Engineer on the Tumor Monorail Project

Aug 2015 – Aug 2017


C / C ++
Data Analysis
Image / Signal Processing
Rapid Prototyping


  • Georgia Tech’s institute wide 2022 3-minute thesis Winner

  • CRIDC Office of the Executive Vice President for Research award 2022

  • Outstanding ECE Graduate Teaching Assistant 2021 

  • President- ECE Graduate student Organization (Aug 2020 – Aug 2021)

  • Secretary- ECE Graduate student Organization (Aug 2019 – Aug 2020)

  • Outstanding ECE Graduate Teaching Assistant 2018

  • Recipient of Marion A. And Henry C. Bourne Fellowship- Fall 2017

  • Georgia Tech Fall 2015 Commencement speaker

  • BITS, Pilani Merit scholarship (2010-2014)


  • Kathak (Trained in Lucknow Gharana style)  
  • Running/ hiking
  • Black Coffee and Butter croissants