SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Award

Predoctoral Achievement Award 

For a small number of promising graduate students, IEEE-SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Awards provide a $1000 honorarium and reimbursement for travel expenses (within certain limits) to ISSCC, the Society's flagship conference. Applicants must be members of IEEE and the Solid State Circuits Society and have completed at least one year of study in a Ph.D. program in the area of solid-state circuits. Awards are made on the basis of academic record and promise, quality of publications, and a graduate study program well matched to the charter of SSCS. Prior winners of the Predoctoral Achievement Award are not eligible.  No more than two Awards will be granted in a given year to students of one Principal Advisor. 

 

 

Predoctoral Achievement Award Winners for 2017-2018

 

PreDoc 2018

The recipients of the 2018 SSCS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship with SSCS Awards Chair John Corcoran. From left – John Corcoran, Hui Jiang, Se-Un Shin, Chandrakanath Reddy Chappidi, Chul Kim, Taiyun Chi, Hans Reyserhove, Nicolas Butzen, Nai-Chung Kuo, Bert Moons, Komal Badami, Shanshan Dai, Ali Mostajeran, Rouzbeh Kananizadeh, Mahdi Assefzadeh, Wei-Han Yu, Shanolan Li, Korkut Kan Tokgoz, Shiyu Su 

 

Ali Mostajeran

Ali Mostajeran

Ali Mostajeran received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, in 2011, and the M.Sc. degree in microelectronics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2013. Then, he joined the Ultra-high-speed Nonlinear Integrated Circuits Lab (UNIC) at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA in 2013. He received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2016. Currently, he is working towards his Ph.D. degree at Cornell University. In September 2016, he joined the Radiation Laboratory at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a visiting scholar. His major research focus is on novel millimeter-wave and terahertz electronics for imaging, biomedical hydration sensing and communication applications.

Mr. Mostajeran is a student member of the IEEE, a member of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS), the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He was recipient of the Sporck Analog Design Fellowship, in 2013 and the 2018 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Predoctoral Achievement Award. He has served as reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers and the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters (MWCL).

bert moons

Bert Moons

Bert Moons (S'13) was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1991. He received the B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium in 2011 and 2013, respectively. In 2013, he joined the ESAT-MICAS labarotories of KU Leuven as a Research Assistant funded through an individual grant from FWO (former IWT). In 2016, he was a Visiting Research Student at Stanford University in the Murmann Mixed-Signal Group. Currently, he is working towards the Ph.D. degree on energy-scalable and run-time adaptable digital circuits for embedded Deep Learning applications.

 

Chandrakanth picChandrakanth Chappidi

Chandrakanth Reddy Chappidi received his B.Tech degree in electronics and electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 2013. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Princeton University under the supervision of Prof. Kaushik Sengupta.His research interests include RF and mmWave circuits and systems

chul

Chul Kim

Chul Kim received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea in 2007, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, South Korea, in 2009. He is currently working towards the PhD degree in bioengineering at UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA. During 2009–2012, he was with SK HYNIX, Icheon, South Korea, where he designed power management circuitry for dynamic random-access memory. Mr. Kim was Gold Prize recipient in the 16th Human-Tech Thesis Prize Contest from Samsung Electronics, Suwon, South Korea, in 2010. His research interests include micropower design and biomedical applications of integrated circuits and systems for unobtrusive brain-machine interfaces and wireless body-area networks. 

HanliLiu Po

Hanli Liu

Hanli Liu received the B.S. degree from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China, in 2013, and M.S. from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2015. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree at Tokyo Institute of Technology working on the transceiver (TRX) architecture design for IoT and all-digital phase locked loop (ADPLL) system design. He was an intern with the mixed-signal IC group at Toshiba Cooperate Research and Development Center, Kawasaki, Japan, from Jan. to Apr. of 2017, working on low-power low-jitter ADPLL architecture development. His research interest including BLE TRX architecture design, low-power low-jitter ADPLL design, high-performance PLL design for 5G cellular and low FOM VCO design. 

hreyserhove pictureHans Reyserhove

Hans Reyserhove (S’10) was born in Turnhout, Belgium in 1989. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees cum laude in engineering science, electrical engineering from KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He is currently working as a research assistant at the MICAS laboratories of the KU Leuven towards a PhD degree in the field of near-threshold digital circuit design with a focus on automating design flows, standard cell design, microprocessors and better-than-worst-case design techniques. The promoter of his PhD is Prof. Dr. Ir. Wim Dehaene. He was the recipient of the 2013 IWT doctoral grant for Innovation in Science and Technology, and the 2012 KU Leuven/Ansem Best Manuscript Award. He has served as a reviewer for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II. 

Hui.fwHui Jiang

Hui Jiang was born in Heilongjiang, China. He received the B.S. degree in mechanical and automation engineering from Dalian Jiaotong University, Dalian, China, in 2010 and the M.E. degree in integrated circuit engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2013. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate with the Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. His doctoral work involves the design of energy-efficient readout ICs for piezo-based sensors and capacitive displacement sensors. His research has resulted in several publications in JSSC, ISSCC, and VLSI. He is the recipient of EURODOTS Scholarship in 2014, ISSCC student travel grant in 2015, and the third prize of the Benelux Student Chip Design Competition in 2016. He serves as a reviewer for IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and Sensors and Actuators A: Physical.

3 Badami Komail pict 1

Komail Badami

Komail Badami is currently a final year PhD researcher at MICAS research laboratories at KU Leuven, Belgium. His research interests include low-power analog/mixed-signal designs for resource-constrained sensor-interfaces, adaptive and context-aware circuits and systems. Before starting his PhD, he was an Analog Design Engineer with Intel Bangalore from Aug. 2011 to Dec. 2012, where he worked on compensation schemes for high speed communication for parallel memory I/O. He has also held internship position with IBM Semiconductor Research and Development, Bangalore during his MS by Research at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He has authored/co-authored more than 10 Journals and Conferences including 2 ISSCC’s, JSSC and TCAD amongst others. He serves as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems: Express Briefs. He is the recipient of EXPERTS III PhD grant, JRD TATA scholarship and a gold medal during his Bachelors from University of Mumbai for academic excellence.   

Korkut

Korkut Kaan Tokgoz

Korkut Kaan Tokgoz received the B.Sc. degree with majors Microwaves and Antenna Theory, and Telecommunications, and M.Sc. degree in Electromagnetics from Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He worked as Teaching and Research Assistant in the same department from 2009 to 2012 focusing on RF MEMS, surface micromachined lumped components and RF phase shifters. He received M.Eng. degree from Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 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 and sub-terahertz CMOS transceivers for high-speed and high-data-rate wireless communications. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 journal and international conference papers including three ISSCC publications in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He has been recipient of several awards and scholarships including IEEE SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Award 2018, IEEE MTT-S Graduate Student Fellowship 2017, IEICE Student Encouragement Prize 2017, Tokyo Institute of Technology Seiichi Tejima Overseas-Student Research Award, IEEE/ACM ASP-DAC University LSI Design Contest 2017 Best Design Award, Uenohara Encouragement Award in 2016, NEC C&C Overseas Researcher Grant in 2016, KDDI Foundation Scholarship in 2014.

mahdiPortrait5 sq

Mahdi Assefzadeh

M. Mahdi Assefzadeh received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2011, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rice University, Houston, TX, USA, in 2014, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree. Mr. Assefzadeh was a recipient of numerous awards, including the Best Paper Award of the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium in 2014, the Best Paper Award of the IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium in 2016, the Second Place of the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Symposium in 2016, and the Runner-Up at the Best Paper Award of IRMMW-THz 2016. He was a recipient of the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Graduate Fellowship in 2017, the Texas Instruments Distinguished Fellowship in 2012, and the Michael and Katherine Birck Fellowship of Purdue University in 2011. He was also the Gold Medal recipient at both the National Physics Competition in 2006 and the 38th International Physics Olympiad in 2007.

photo Nai Chung KuoNai-Chung Kuo

Nai-Chung Kuo received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and M.S. degree in communication engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA.

He has held an internship position with the Nokia Inc., where he was involved in CMOS LTE transmitter designs. His research interests include the design of microwave/RF integrated circuits and systems, wireless power transfer, and wireless sensing. He has authored fourteen IEEE journal papers and also co-authored many publications.

 

Mr. Kuo was a recipient of the IEEE SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Award in 2018, the IEEE CAS-S Darlington Best Paper Award in 2017, the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship in 2016, the IET Premium Award in 2015, the Best Design Award from the National Chip Implementation Center in 2012, the First Prize Youth Thesis from the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering and the Best Annual Master Thesis from NTU, both in 2011. He serves as an invited reviewer for IEEE T-MTT, JSSC, T-CAS-I, T-CAS-II, MWCL, JRFID, T-VLSI, and IET Electronics Letters.

NB SSCS PAA Photo

Nicolas Butzen

Nicolas Butzen (IEEE-Student Member 2015) was born in Wilrijk, Belgium in 1990. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the KU Leuven, Belgium in 2013. Currently he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the same university in the MICAS research group, working on fully-integrated power management circuits in CMOS with a particular focus on monolithic switched-capacitor DC-DC converters.

 

Mr. Butzen has received several awards for his innovative work, including 3rd place at the 2016-2017 SSCS Benelux Chapter Chip Design Contest, the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2016 Student Travel Grant Award, the ISSCC 2016 Distinguished-Technical-Paper Award, and the ISSCC 2017 Jan Van Vessem Award for Outstanding European Paper. He frequently serves as an expert reviewer for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers.

rouz

Rouzbeh Kananizadeh

Rouzbeh Kananizadeh received the B.Sc degree in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2012. He is currently working toward the PhD degree in electrical engineering at University of California, Davis, Ca, USA. His research interests include solid state integrated circuits and systems at millimeter wave and terahertz frequencies. Mr. Kananizadeh is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Northrop Grumman Fellowship award, in addition to 2015-2016 Excellence in Research award in the department of electrical and computer engineering at University of California, Davis. In 2016, he was a Business Development Fellow with Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis. Mr. Kananizadeh is also the recipient of the University of California, Davis Graduate Fellowship award in 2012.

Se Un Shin

Se-Un Shin

Se-Un Shin received the B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea, in 2013. He is now pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Department of Electrical Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea. He was an intern with Samsung Electronics in 2016, working on power converter design for Mobile Application Processor. His current research interests are analog integrated circuit design and power management IC design including energy harvesting, battery charger, wireless power transfer system, switched capacitor/inductive converter and hybrid converter topology. Mr. Shin was the recipient of 22nd Human Tech Paper Award held by Samsung Electronics in 2015. Currently, he has been accepted two papers simultaneously for publication at the ISSCC 2018. One is hybrid power converter for mobile Application Processor and the other is wireless power transfer receiver for implantable system.

Shanshan Dai

Shanshan Dai

Shanshan Dai received B.Sc. degree in Microelectronics from Fudan University, Shanghai, China in 2010 and M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University, Boston, MA in 2012. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at Brown University, advised by Dr. Jacob K. Rosenstein. Her research interests include mixed-signal circuit design, biomolecular sensors, and biomedical electronics. She serves a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs and IET Electronics Letters. 

Shaolan Li

Shaolan Li

Shaolan Li (S’12) received the B.Eng. (Hons.) degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong, in 2012, where he ranked top in the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree with the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA. 

During June 2013 to December 2013, he was an intern with the WLAN-RF group in Broadcom Ltd., Sunnyvale. In Fall 2014, he interned at Freescale, Tempe, where he involved in designing ADC for automobile MCU. His current research interests include low-power scaling-friendly oversampling data converter design techniques, synthesizable mixed-signal circuits, and sensor interfaces, with a special focus on VCO-based ADCs and noise-shaping SAR ADCs. His research has resulted in several publications in JSSC, ISSCC, VLSI Symposium and ESSCIRC.  

Mr. Li received the Academic Achievement Medal from HKUST in 2012. He also won the HKUST Undergraduate Scholarship from 2010 to 2012, and the UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering Fellowship in 2017, respectively. He received the IEEE SSCS Pre-Doctoral Achievement Award from 2017-2018. He serves as a reviewer for the IEEE TCAS-I and IEEE TCAS-II.  

Shiyu

Shiyu Su

Shiyu Su received the B.S. degrees from Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication, China and Queen Mary, University of London, UK, in 2011, and the M.S. degree from University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, in 2013, all in electrical engineering.

 

He is currently working toward the Ph. D. degree in electrical engineering at USC. His research interests include high-speed data converters, digitally assisted analog and RF circuit design. From 2015 to present, he serves as a reviewer for the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I/II (TCAS), IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integrated Systems (TVLSI) and IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC).

photo Taiyun Chi 1

 

Taiyun Chi

Taiyun Chi received the B.S. degree (with highest honor) from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China, in 2012. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. His current research interests include RF/millimeter-wave/terahertz integrated circuits, and integrated biomedical sensors and actuators.

 

Mr. Chi was a recipient of the Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Student Travel Grant Award in 2017, the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Fellowship for Medical Applications in 2016, the Analog Devices Inc. Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2015, the Texas Instruments CICC Student Scholarship Award in 2014, the Georgia Tech GEDC Fellowship in 2012, and the USTC Guo Moruo Presidential Scholarship in 2012. He was also a co-recipient of the IEEE SENSORS Best Live Demo Award (2nd place) in 2016, and the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC) Best Student Paper Award (2nd place) in 2016.

picture WeiHan YuWei-Han Yu

Mr. Wei-Han Yu (S'09) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Macau, Macao SAR, China, in 2010 and 2012, respectively, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the UM State-Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI and Faculty of Science and Technology (ECE) from University of Macau, Macao, China.

His research focus on RF and mm-wave trancievers, ultra-low-power radios, and EM modeling for next-generation mobile communications. Mr. Yu has published (accepted) 14 referred papers: 7 in IEEE/IET journals including JSSC, TMTT, TCAS-I and 7 in conference proceedings such as ISSCC’17 and ISSCC’18. The ISSCC’17 paper was selected as the Highlight Paper in the ISSCC 2017 Press Kit. He is also the first author of an US patent.

 

He received the IEEE SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Award 2018, IEEE ISSCC Student Travel Grant award 2016 and Macau Science and Technology Postgraduate Student Award, the Chipidea Microelectronics Prize and 6 other academic awards. He has joined the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society for more than 7 years. He was the chairman of IEEE student branch at UM. He also served as a peer reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II.

 

 

Past Predoctoral Achievement Award Recipients

YEAR 

 RECIPIENT

 AFFILIATION

2016-2017

Chen Jiang

Cheng-Ru Ho

Hariprasad Chandrakumar

Jongseok Park

Junfeng Jiang

Junmin Jiang

Kaiyuan Yang

Ka-Meng Lei

Kyeongryeol Bong

Lingyu Hong

Loai Salem

Marco Vigilante

Negar Reiskarimian

Romesh Nandwana

Saad Bin Nasir

Sherif Shakib

Unsoo Ha

Wooseok Choi

Xue Wu

Yu-Hsin Chen

Ziqiang Huang 

 

Cornell University

University of Southern California

University of California - Los Angeles

Georgia Tech

TU Delft

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

University of Michigan

University of Macau

Korean Advanced Institite of Science and Technology

Princeton University

University of California - San Diego

KU Leuven

Columbia University

University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign

Georgia Tech

Texas A&M

Korean Advanced Institute of Science & Technology

University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign

Princeton University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 

 

2015-2016

Zeshan Ahmad

Muhammad Awais Bin Altfaf

Masoud Babaie

Ahmed Ekholy

Sameed Hameed

Hyeok-Ki Hong

Injoon Hong

Song Hu

Youchang Kim

Xiaosen Liu

Xinlin Liu

Hans Meyvaert

Saleh Heidary Shalmany

Teerachot Siriburanon

Amrith Sukumaran

Tong Zhang

Wouter Volkaerts

Jianxun Zhu

Jin Zhou 

University of Texas at Dallas

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

TU Delft 

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

University of California, Los Angeles

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology 

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology 

Texas A&M University 

University of Pennsylvania

University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

TU Delft 

Tokyo Institute of Technology 

Indian Institute of Technology - Madras 

University of Washington 

KU Leuven

Columbia University 

Columbia University 

2014-2015

Tejasvi Anand

Chi-Hang Chan

Run Chen

Lin Cheng

Kunal Datta

Brecht Francois

Sewook Hwang

Zhicheng Lin

Pramod Murali

Natalie Reynders

Guanghua Shu

Hao-Yen Tang

Hao Wu

Jiawei Xu

 

University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

University of Macau

University of Southern California

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

University of Southern California

University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Korea University

University of macau

University of California- Berkeley

University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

University of California- Berkeley

University of California- Los Angeles

TU Delft

 

2013-2014

Benrooz Abiri

Jun-Chau Chien

Ming-Shuan Chen

Hyn-Sik Kim

Yan Lu

Yue Lu

Zushu Yan

Dixian Zhao

 

 

California Institute of Technology

National Taiwan University

National Taiwan University

KAIST

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

UC Berkeley

University of Macau

KU Leuven

 

 

2012-2013

Jiashu Chen

Wei Deng

Ruonan Han

Lingkai Kong

Hanh-Phuc Le

I-Ting Lee

Ahmed Musa

Kamran Souri

 

UC Berkeley

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Cornell University

UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley

National Taiwan University

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Delft University School of Technology

 

2011-2012

Kris Myny

Meisam Nazari

Kaushik Sengupta

Yahya Tousi

IMEC, Belgium

California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology

Cornell University 

 

Predoctoral Fellowship Award Recipients

YEAR

RECIPIENT

AFFILIATION

2010-2011

Wooram Lee Cornell University
2009-2010 Chengjie Zuo University of Pennsylvania
 
2008-2009 Ankush Goel
Shih-An Yu
USC
Columbia University
2007-2008 Jintae Kim
Sudip Shekhar
UCLA
University of Washington
2006-2007 Peter Popplewell
Chinmaya Mishra
Carleton University
Texas A&M University
2002-2006 none awarded
2001-2002 Emad Hegazi
John Wm. Rogers
UCLA 
Carleton University
2000-2001 Liang Dia
Jafar Savoj
University of Minnesota
UCLA
1999-2000 Mark Spaeth
Shengwei Da
MIT
UC-Davis
1998-1999 Jouko Vankka Helsinki University of Technology
1997-1998 Farbod Behbahani University of California, Los Angeles
1996-1997 Ozan E. Erdogan University of California, Davis
1995-1996 Jan Crols Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
1994-1995 Kenneth J. Schultz University of Toronto
1993-1994 Andrew E. Stevens Columbia University
1992-1993 Michael Flynn Carnegie Mellon University
1991-1992 Fang Lu University of Califonia, Los Angeles
1990-1991 none awarded
1989-1990 none awarded
1988-1989 Terri Fiez Oregon State University
1987-1988 Bernhard Boser Stanford University
1986-1987 Lloyd Massengill North Carolina State University
1985-1986 R. Wayne Johnson Auburn University
1984-1985 Perry Robertson Clemson University
1983-1984 Emil Girczyc Carleton University