Student Travel Grants

The IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Student Travel Grant  Award (STGA) progam  recognizes and promotes early career accomplishments in all solid-state circuits fields by supporting graduate student travel to SSCS-sponsored conferences: ISSCC, A-SSCC, VLSI, and CICC.

With the help of  the STGA program,  now in its seventh year, up-and-coming young engineers

  • may network with researchers from industry, academia, and government from all over the world
  • learn about IC design break-throughs, and about challenges that have not yet been solved or need to be addressed, in-person and in advance.

STGA applicants must be SSCS members, enrolled for at least a year in a PhD program, and be recommended by one professor. (A dissertation topic needs not yet to have been selected.)


The 2017 STGA's are now closed. Instructions for 2018 STGA's will be provided in late 2017. 


2017 Student Travel Grant Award Recipients 

24 promising graduate-level student engineers were awarded stipends for travel to and from ISSCC 2017.  

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FIRST ROW (FROM LEFT): Hyunmin Park, Tong Zhang, Mohamad Hossein Idjadi, Farshid Ashtiani, Yiming Huo, Elif Kaya, Sameed Hameed, Mohsen Hashemi, Heein Yoon, Congyin Shi, Yuan Gao, Shihui Yin. BACK ROW (FROM LEFT): Jan Van der Spiegel, Toru Kawajiri, Samantak Gangopadhyay, Soroush Rasti Boroujeni, Taiyun Chi, Bert Moons, Aleksey Dyskin, Harald Garvik, Longyang Lin, Korkut Kaan Tokgoz, Anantha Chandrakasan. NOT PICTURED: Tan-Tan Zhang, Babak Mohammadi, Dongjoo Shin. 





Farshid Ashtiani 

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Taiyun Chi 


Aleksey Dyskin 


Samantak Gangopadhyay

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Yuan Gao 

Haral Garvik

Harald Garvik 

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Mohsen Hashemi 

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Yiming Huo 

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Toru Kawajiri 

Elif Kaya 2017 STGA ISSCS

Elif Kaya 

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Longyan Lin 

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Babak Mohammadi


Bert Moons


Hyunmin Park

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Souresh R. Boroujeni

Congyin Shi

Congyin Shi 

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Dongjoo Shin 


Korkut Tokgoz

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Shihui Yin 

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Heein Yoon 

Tantan Zhang

Tan Tan Zhang 

Tong Zhang

Tong Zhang 



Farshid Ashtiani received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2011 and 2013, respectively and is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree in electrical and systems engineering at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
His research interest includes integrated opto-electronic and radio frequency circuit and system design.

Taiyun Chi (S’11) received the B.S. degree (with highest honor) from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China, in 2012, and is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. His current research interests include millimeter-wave/THz integrated circuits, integrated biomedical sensors and actuators. Mr. Chi was a recipient of the 2016 Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Fellowship for Medical Applications, a co-recipient of the IEEE SENSORS Best Live Demo Award (2nd place) in 2016, a co-recipient of the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC) Best Student Paper Award (2nd place) in 2016, a recipient of the Analog Devices Inc. Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2015, and the Texas Instruments CICC Student Scholarship Award in 2014. He also received the Georgia Tech GEDC Fellowship in 2012, and the USTC Guo Moruo Presidential Scholarship in 2012.

Aleksey Dyskin received BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 2008 and 2013 respectively. From 2007 he worked as an RFIC engineer in Intel Israel. In 2010 he joined the Department of Microelectronics of Rafael as a senior RFIC engineer. From 2007 he teaches in Electrical Engineering Department of the Technion various IC courses. Now Aleksey is a PhD candidate in the joint PhD program of the Technion and the University of Stuttgart, Germany.  Aleksey serves as a Technical Program Co-Chair and the "Devices and Circuits" sub-committee chair of the IEEE International Conference on Microwaves, Communications, Antennas and Electrical Systems (COMCAS). From 2016 Aleksey serves as a chair of the IEEE Young Professionals, Israel Branch and as a board member of the Association of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel. Moreover, Aleksey was nominated as a Young Professionals representative from IEEE Region 8 in the YP Microwaves Program by Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. In addition Aleksey serves as a reviewer in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques and IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation journals. 

Samantak Gangopadhyay received his B.Tech and M.Tech degrees in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering with a specialization in Microelectronics and VLSI design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in May, 2009.  After graduation, he joined IBM India as a Physical Design R&D Engineer to work on the POWER series and Z-mainframe microprocessors.  In this role, he was responsible for the implementation of synthesizable circuits while satisfying timing, power, noise, electromigration, design-for-test, and design-for-manufacturing specifications.  In Fall 2013, he started his doctoral program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta while joining the Integrated Circuits and Systems Research Laboratory (ICSRL).  His research interests include the design of low power digital circuits, low-dropout voltage regulators, and power management for wide dynamic range computation.

Yuan Gao received his B.S. and M.S. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), Xi’an, China in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research interests include integrated circuits and systems design for power management and LED lighting. He was the recipient of First Class Scholarship for Outstanding Freshmen of XJTU in 2005, National Scholarship in 2008, Excellent Undergraduate Thesis in 2009, Outstanding Graduate of XJTU in 2009 and 2012, and Chiang Chen Scholarship in 2010 and 2011. He serves as a reviewer for the IEEE TCAS-II, IEEE ISCAS and IEEE APCCAS.

Harald Garvik was born in Stavanger, Norway in 1989. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Stavanger, Norway in 2013, and the M.S. degree in electronics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway in 2015. The master’s thesis was awarded a prize for best thesis in microelectronics design. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in analog/mixed integrated circuit design at NTNU. Harald’s main research interest is high-accuracy analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), and in particular the noise-shaping SAR ADC topology. The application of interest is ultrasound front-ends and wireless communication receivers.

Sameed Hameed received the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and the Master of Science (M.S.) degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), both in EE, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree at UCLA. He held an internship position with Broadcom Corporation, Irvine, in 2013, where he was involved in the design of RF systems for Wi-Fi transceivers. He was a recipient of a department fellowship from the EE department at UCLA during fall 2013 for coming first in the Ph.D. preliminary exam in the 'Circuits & Embedded Systems' area. He has also received several other fellowships such as the UCLA Graduate Division Fellowship in 2014, the Broadcom UCLA fellowship during the 2015-16 academic year, the dissertation year fellowship (DYF) and the MediaTek UCLA fellowship during the 2016-17 academic year. He was also awarded an SSCS 2015-2016 Pre-Doctoral Achievement Award. His research focuses on RF transceiver design with an emphasis on signal processing techniques.

Mohsen Hashemi is a Ph.D. candidate researcher at TU Delft since November 2013. He received his M.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and B.Sc. degree from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran, both in Electronics Engineering. Before joining the ELCA group at TU Delft, he was a Ph.D. student of Electronics Engineering at the University of Tehran, Iran, and also he was the head of the RF Research group at Baregheh Communication Company, Tehran, where he was involved in designing wideband receivers and frequency synthesizers. He is a leading author of an ISSCC paper and has been serving as a reviewer of the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems as well as the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II. His research interests are: Digital-Intensive RF IC design, Analog/Digital signal conditioning for high linearity in the TX/RX, High-speed data converters. 

Yiming Huo (IEEE S’08) received B.Eng degree in information engineering from Southeast University, China, in 2006, and MSc. degree in system-on-chip (SOC) from Lund University, Sweden, in 2010. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. in electrical engineering at University of Victoria, Canada. From 2009 to 2010, he stayed in Ericsson and ST-Ericsson where he accomplished his mater thesis on multi-mode, multi-band wideband CMOS VCOs for cellular systems. Since his Ph.D. study, Mr. Huo has been working on a wide range of cross-disciplinary topics of next generation wireless communication systems design, and his current research interests are in the physical layer design of practical 5G cellular user equipment. Between 2010 and 2011, Mr. Huo worked in Key Laboratory of Chinese Academy of Sciences as research associate. From 2011 to 2012, he worked in STMicroelectronics as RF engineer for developing various digital broadcasting systems. From 2015 to 2016, he spent one year conducting RF hardware and cellular design for various projects in Apple Inc., Cupertino, California, as Ph.D intern. Mr. Huo is the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award of the 2016 IEEE International (ICUWB) Symposium, the Excellent Student Paper Award of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Solid-State and Integrated Circuit Technology (ICSICT), and Bronze Leaf certificate from the 2010 IEEE Asia Pacific Conference on Postgraduate Research Microelectronics & Electronics (PrimeAsia), in 2010. He received University of Victoria Fellowship from 2012 to 2013.  Mr. Huo is a member of IEEE, SSCS, CAS, MTT-S, and ComSoc. He has served as a technical reviewer for the IEEE ISCAS, IEEE BioCAS, IEEE VTC, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE ICUWB, IEEE VTC, IEEE Transaction on Vehicle Technology (TVT), and China Communications.  

Mohamad Hossein Idjadi received B.Sc. degree (with honors) in electrical engineering from University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran in 2014 and started his Ph.D. degree at University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA in 2014. His research interests include electromagnetics, silicon-photonic integrated systems and high frequency integrated circuit design.

Toru Kawajiri received the B. S. and M. S. degrees in electronics and electrical engineering from Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree at Keio University. His research interests include wireless power transfer systems and power management integrated circuits. Mr. Kawajiri was the recipient of the IEEE SSCS Japan Chapter Academic Research Award in 2014 and 2016.

Elif Kaya received her B.Sc. major degree with honors in electronic engineering and minor degree in industrial engineering from Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey, 2008, MSE degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010, and MSc degree in electrical and computer engineering from Columbia University, New York, USA, 2013 respectively. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering advised by Dr. Kamran Entesari at the Analog & Mixed Signal Center of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, USA. She was among top 5% students nation-wide in Turkey. Therefore, she was granted a Full Scholarship by Turkish Ministry of Education to Study Abroad (Master-PhD-Postdoc). From summer 2014 to summer 2015, she was working on a project related to system-level evaluation of auto calibration circuits for Class-AB amplifier output stage for military applications. Her current research interests include microwave/ RF/analog and integrated circuit design, on-chip sensor design for biomedical applications, and transceiver design for fifth-generation (5G) communication systems. She serves as a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and System II: Regular Papers, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, and the IETE Journal of Research. Finally, she received the IEEE SSCS Student Travel Grant Award (STGA) in 2017. 

Longyang Lin received his dual Bachelor's Degrees from Shenzhen University and Umeå University in 2011 and Master's Degree from Lund University in 2013. Currently he is a PhD student in National University of Singapore. His research interests include design of ultra low-power circuits and systems.

Babak Mohammadi (S’12) received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Lund University, Lund, Sweden, in 2012. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in the Electrical and Information Technology Department, Lund University. He was an intern at ST-Ericsson, Lund, Sweden, in 2012 and STMircroelectronics, Crolles, France, in 2014. His current research interests include power optimization, energy harvesting and energy recycling, memories and assist techniques.

Bert Moons was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1991. He received the B.S. (‘11) and M.S. (‘13) degree in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Currently, he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the same university, as a research assistant under supervision of prof. Marian Verhelst. He is funded through an individual research grant awarded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). In 2016, he joined the Murmann Mixed-Signal IC-design group at Stanford University as a Visiting Student Researcher. His research interests are in advancing the state-of-the-art in embedded Deep Learning acceleration. Bert’s current focus is on enabling always-on, battery powered neural network inference for computer vision and automatic speech recognition.

Hyunmin Park received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from Konkuk University, Seoul,Korea, in 2015. He has been working toward the M.S./Ph.D. degree in the Mixed-Signal Electronics Lab at Konkuk University, Seoul.

Soroush Rasti Boroujeni was born in Isfahan, Iran, in 1990. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, and University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in High-Performance Active mm-Wave Phased Array Transmitters for Satellite Communication at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada in Center for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS).His research interests include active phased array antennas, envelope tracking power amplifiers and wireless power transfer systems.

Congyin Shi (S’09) was born in Fuzhou, Fujian, China. In 2008 and 2011, He received his bachelor degree and the M.Sc. degree of Microelectronics from Peking University, Beijing, China. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in the Analog and Mixed-Signal Center at Texas A&M University, College Station, USA. He worked at Google Inc. for summer internship in 2015 and 2016. His current interests are in the area of mixed-signal built-in self-test, analog circuit on-chip optimization, integrated signal generator and frequency synthesizer.

Dongjoo Shin received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea, in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in the same department at KAIST. His current research interests include low-power digital processors and multi-core architecture, especially in machine learning and computer vision fields. His recent research topic was to implement a reconfigurable CNN-RNN processor SoC, and he presented this work in ISSCC 2017.


Korkut Kaan Tokgoz received B.Sc. degree on Microwave and Antenna Theory, and Telecommunications majors from Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department (EEED), Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey in 2009 as an Honor Student. He received M.Sc. degree in Electromagnetics from EEED, at METU, in 2012. From 2009 to 2012, he worked as a full-time Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant focusing on design and evaluation of surface micromachined inductors, and MIM capacitors using RF MEMS technology, broadband and ultra-wideband phase shifter realization using RF MEMS, and broadband end-fire circular Vivaldi antenna array design and realization in EEED at METU. He received M.Eng. degree from Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology (TiTech), Tokyo, Japan in 2014. He is currently working for Ph.D. degree at the same department. His current research interests include de-embedding, device characterization, millimeter-wave transceivers for high-data-rate wireless communications, millimeter-wave test module design techniques for CMOS transceivers. He authored and co-authored three journal papers, 12 peer-reviewed international conferences, including one ISSCC2016. He served as Secretary and Vice-Chair for IEEE TiTech Student Branch. He was intern in Fujitsu laboratories Ltd., Atsugi, Japan from January 2015 to April 2015 at Innovative Device Laboratory. He was part-time RF Engineer in Axelspace Corporation from June 2015 to November 2016 focusing on micro-satellite RF hardware. He is the recipient of best design award from “IEEE ASP-DAC University LSI Design Contest 2017”, “6th VLSI Design and Education Center (VDEC) Designers Forum, Encouragement Award” from University of Tokyo in 2016, “Uenohara Encouragement Award 2016”, “IMS and RFIC 2016 PhD Student Sponsorship”, “NEC C&C Non-Japanese Researcher Grant” from April 2016 to March 2017, “JASSO Honors Scholarship” from October 2015 to March 2016 and from October 2012 to March 2014, “Thailand-Japan Microwave Conference Young Researcher Encouragement Award” in 2014, “KDDI Foundation Scholarship” from April 2014 to September 2014.

Shihui Yin received the B.S. degree in microelectronics from Peking University in 2013, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015. Currently, he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Arizona State University. He received University Graduate Fellowship from Arizona State University in 2015 and IEEE Phoenix Section Student Scholarship for the year 2016. His research interest includes low power biomedical circuit and system design, and energy-efficient hardware design for machine learning and neuromorphic computing.


Heein Yoon (S’14) was born in Jeonju, South Korea, in 1992. She received the B.S. degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, South Korea, in 2014, where she is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree. Her research interests include RF, analog/mixed IC designs, and clock/frequency generation systems for emerging wireless/wired standards. 

Tan-Tan Zhang received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation from Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, China, and the M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (now Electrical and Computer Engineering) from University of Macau, Macao, China, in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Currently, he is working toward the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Macau. He held internship with SICK AG, Waldkirch, Germany in 2007. His research interests are on ultra-low power circuits and systems for biomedical applications and energy-efficient sensor interfaces.

Tong Zhang received degrees in electrical engineering from Southeast University, China (BS), and University of Washington, Seattle (MS) in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering Department at University of Washington. His research interests include developing transmitter self-interference mitigation (SIM) techniques for FDD/in-band full-duplex radios and providing high-speed point-to-point communication at millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies using state-of-the-art technologies. A combination of SIM and mmWave techniques would enhance the spectrum efficiency of the existing crowded RF spectrum and eventually provide high-speed data service for next generation 5G standards. In the past, he has held internship positions at Qualcomm Inc., San Jose, CA (July 2013 - April 2014) and Google Inc., Mountain View, CA (April 2015 – July 2015), where he worked on various projects including mm-wave font-end circuits, and baseband analog circuits for different applications. He was a recipient of Analog Device Outstanding Student Designer Award (2014-2015), SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Award (2015-1016) and ISSCC Student Travel Grant Award (2016-2017). He has authored/co-authored more than 10 conference/journal paper and serves as a reviewer for IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits (JSSC), IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Technology (TMTT) and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and System 1: Regular Papers (TCAS-1).