Student Travel Grants + Women in Circuits 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 and A-SSCC..

With the help of  the STGA program, 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 2018 ISSCC Student Travel Grant Awards (STGA's) application submission is now closed. 



2018 ISSCC Student Travel Grant Award Recipients 

28 promising graduate-level student engineers were awarded stipends for travel to and from ISSCC 2018.  


Muhammad Ahmed

Muhammad Ahmed

Muhammad Ahmed received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2010 and 2015, respectively. From 2010 to 2015 he was an Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Design Engineer at MEMS Vision LLC, Cairo, Egypt, where he worked on the design of high-performance clocking circuits, power management integrated circuits, and low-power, high-resolution Data Converters. Since 2015, he has been pursuing his Ph.D. degree at the Power Management Research Lab, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. His Ph.D. research includes high-frequency on-chip switching power converters and low-noise power converters for mixed-signal SoCs. In 2017, he was an intern with Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, Texas, USA, where he worked on developing low-noise, high-efficiency Buck Converters for Microcontroller applications. Mr. Ahmed received the Best M.Sc. Thesis Award from Ain Shams University in 2015. He serves as a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I and II, and the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems.


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Abdulrahman Alghamdi (S’09) received the B.S. degree in electrical engineeringfrom King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in May 2008, the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, in May 2014. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. His research interests include the design of micro-nano fluidic bio-sensors and low-noise high-speed current amplifiers using CMOS technology.

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Mao-Ling Chiu

Mao-Ling Chiu was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He received the M.S. degree from the National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2012. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in the Graduate Institute of Electronic Engineering at National Taiwan University (NTU) , Taipei, Taiwan. His research focuses on power management ICs.

He has served as a teaching assistant at NTU since 2014. His responsibilities include maintaining workstations in the labs and helping with student’s class projects. In the summer 2015, he was an intern in the GPL department at Novatek Microelectronics Corporation, Hsinchu, Taiwan, during which he was involved in the development of Power Management ICs. His research interests are: analog/mixed-signal circuits and power management IC design.

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After earning an M.S.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (UT), Trenton gained several years of experience in the digital and mixed signal IC industry.  He started at Motorola, where he worked on secure telecommunications products.  At Cirrus Logic he helped develop high performance signal processing systems for the geophysical and consumer audio industries.  In addition to established companies, Trenton has contributed to two startups, both of which were successfully acquired.  He developed complex data processing server systems at Conformative Systems, which was acquired by Intel.  He drove performance enhancements on ARM microprocessors for mobile phones and tablets at Intrinsity, which was later acquired by Apple, Inc.  Most recently at Silicon Labs, he contributed to the development of broadcast video products and microprocessors targeting the IoT application space.  Trenton's design experience includes pipelined CPU and peripheral design, chip-to-chip communication, performance optimization, and low power.  He holds 5 patents in digital IC design.

Trenton has returned to UT full time to pursue a Ph.D., whose focus is cryptography and computer arithmetic.  He is supervised by computer arithmetic guru Earl E. Swartzlander, Jr.  His research interests include computer security, cryptography, computer arithmetic, and computer architecture.


Cheng-Ru Ho

Cheng-Ru Ho received the B.S. degree from National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan in 2007, the M.S. degree graduated with honor and the Ph.D. degree from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA in 2012 and 2017, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a research postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Mike Shuo-Wei Chen’s mixed signal integrated circuit group at University of Southern California. The focus of his research has been DSP-enabled low spur digital phase-locked loop (DPLL) architecture for high performance Wireless and Wireline systems. His research interests include all-digital frequency synthesizers and asynchronous analog-to-digital data converters (AADC).


Dr. Ho is the recipients of USC Viterbi Graduate School Fellowship during 2012-2016, the USC Graduate Student Government (GSG) Travel Grant Award in 2016, the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Predoctoral Achievement Award 2016-2017, and the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Student Travel Grant Award (STGA) in 2018. He serves in the Technical Program Committee of IEEE Texas Symposium on Wireless & Microwave Circuits & Systems. He is also the reviewer for the IEEE JOURNAL OF SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS I, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS II.

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Brian Hong

Brian Hong received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude and Tau Beta Pi, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2014.  He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at Caltech, advised by Professor Ali Hajimiri.  His research interests are in developing mathematical and physical models for understanding the theoretical fundamentals of various electronic systems as well as elucidating new insights for their design.  In particular, his thesis work focuses on the theory of injection locking and pulling in electrical oscillators.  After completing his Ph.D., he will enter Yale Law School in the fall of 2018 and begin working toward the J.D. degree.  He intends on pursuing a public-interest career—specifically one where he can address and help solve the numerous problems that are now arising at the intersection of law and technology.  He was a recipient of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Undergraduate Scholarship in 2008, the Rose Hills Foundation Fellowship in 2013, and the Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2014.


Sung-En Hsieh

Sung-En Hsieh receives his B. S. degree in electrical engineering from National Hsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2014. Now he is working on Ph.D degree. He has special interest on low power and low voltage successive-approximation register (SAR) AD converter, digital circuit optimization, and Time-to-digital converter design for oximeter application. 

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Jaeeun Jang

Jaeeun Jang (S’13) received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea, in 2014, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 2016, where he is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree. He has worked on developing a low-power wireless transceiver and low-power sensor front-end. His current research interest includes low-power transceiver design for body-area-networks and low-power biomedical system design.

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Chee Cheow Lim

Chee Cheow Lim was born in Kuala Lumpur (K.L.), Malaysia. He received his B.E. degree (first class honour) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), K.L., Malaysia in 2014 along with best final year project award. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree at University of Malaya (UM), K.L., Malaysia. From August 2014 to March 2017, he was with the Analog, Digital & RF research group at UM as a research and teaching assistant. He is currently with the State-Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed Signal VLSI, University of Macau, Macao, China as a research assistant. His research interests include CMOS analog & RF integrated circuits and systems with specialization in RF oscillators, modelling and characterization of passive inductors / transformers.

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Xiaofei Ma

Xiao-Fei Ma received his B.S. degree from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), SiChuan, China in 2015. From 2016 to 2017, he worked as research assistant of State Key Lab of AMSV in the university of Macau. Now he is working toward a master degree in UESTC (expected June 2018). His current research interest includes low-dropout regulator and ultra-low power bandgap voltage reference.

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My name is Siming Ma. I am currently a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at Harvard University. Before this, I received my Bachelor degree in EECS from Peking University in 2014. My research interest is in the broad area of VLSI and mixed signal circuit design, as well as semiconductor device physics. I have done research in various kinds of memory chips, including SRAM, eDRAM and eNVM. Recently I have been focusing on a novel eNVM technology that is suitable for emerging application-specific hardware. I am also interested in the mathematical modeling of physical mechanisms using statistical inference and probability theories.

As much as I enjoy my research, I also love Ballet, sports and traveling. Studying on the beautiful Harvard campus beside the Charles River has so far been the most wonderful enjoyment in my life.



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Fangyu Mao

Fangyu Mao received his B.S. degree in microelectronics and M.E. degree in integrated circuit engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu, China, in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in integrated power management circuits at University of Macau (UM), Macao, China. His research interests include near-field wireless power transfer for wireless charging of consumer electronic devices and implantable medical devices. He was the recipient of the Excellent Graduate Honor in 2012, and the First Prize of Academic Scholarship in 2013 and 2014. He serves as a reviewer for the IEEE ISCAS. 



Khawaja Qasim Maqbool

 Khawaja Qasim Maqbool received his BS degree in Electronic Engineering from GIK Institute, Pakistan in 2008, and MSc degree in Computer Science from University of Leicester, U.K. in 2010, both with distinction. He is working towards his Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.  From Aug 2010 to Jan 2014, he worked as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Bahria University, Islamabad Campus, Pakistan.

His research focuses on signal integrity, high-speed wireline and optical communication IC design. During his doctoral research, he has worked with Bright Semiconductors on characterization of SMIC 28nm CMOS process and with Huawei, Shenzhen on electromagnetic interference-related common-mode noise analysis, prediction and suppression for high-speed CMOS serializer/deserializer transmitter. Qasim has published several research papers in journals and conference proceedings of international repute as part of his PhD research. He was awarded Higher Education Commission, Pakistan (HEC) Fellowship for MSc & PhD studies. He is a student member of IEEE SSCS and CAS and also serving as a chair of the IEEE SSCS Hong Kong Student Chapter.

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Karim Megawer 

Karim Megawer received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electronics and electrical communications engineering from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2013 and 2016, respectively. His MSc thesis was focused on design of low-power high-speed asynchronous SAR-assisted two-stage pipeline analog to digital converter using ring amplifier. From 2014 to 2016, he was an Analog/RF design engineer at Silicon Vision, Cairo, Egypt, designing ADCs, crystal oscillators, DC-DC converters, and LNAs for wireless applications. Currently, he is a research assistant at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, where he is pursuing his PhD degree. His research interests include developing techniques for frequency multiplying crystal oscillators, rapid on/off stand-alone high-frequency crystal oscillators and low-jitter high-performance clock multipliers.


Seyedhamidreza Motaman

Seyedhamidreza Motaman received his M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic, 2013. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Pennsylvania state university, University Park, PA. He is serving as reviewer of IEEE Trans. On Nanotechnology and IEEE Trans. of Circuits and Systems-I. His research interests include low power, high density and secure circuit and system design.

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Preethi Padmanabhan received her B.E. degree in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India in May 2014 and M.Sc. (cum laude and Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, in August 2016. During her Masters study, in the summer of 2015, she was an intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, USA, where she worked as an analog circuit designer, implementing a CMOS readout circuit for UV avalanche photodiodes. The results from this work also led to a Best Poster Award at the International Image Sensors Workshop in May 2017, Hiroshima, Japan. From October 2015- August 2016, she worked on her Master thesis which involved the design of a CMOS time-to-digital converter array for application in time-of-flight (ToF) image sensors. From November 2016, she has been pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Microsystems and Microelectronics at Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory (AQUA) in École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Her current interests include analog and digital circuit design for ToF image sensors in LiDAR applications; she has co-authored a paper at ISSCC 2018 which also describes a SPAD-based ToF image sensor.


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 Hamed Rahmani received his B.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2014, and his M.Sc. degree from Rice University, Houston, TX, in 2017, both in electrical engineering. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) advised by Prof. Aydin Babakhani. His research interests include Analog/mixed-signal and RF integrated circuits, and integrated biomedical sensors and actuators. During his master’s studies, he worked on Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) to mm-sized biomedical implants. His current project is focused on designing a mm-sized wireless implantable system for real-time signal acquisition and closed-loop modulation of human brain cognitive and motor functions. Rahmani was awarded Texas instrument Distinguished Fellowship in 2014 and Rice University Electrical Engineering Departmental Fellowship in 2014. He is also the recipient of Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Ph.D. initiative award in 2016 and 2017-2018 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) student travel grant award.

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Arunkumar Salimath

Arunkumar Salimath received BE degree form VTU and MTech degree in VLSI-Design from DA-IICT, India in 2009. Between 2009-2014, he was the institute research scholar at IIT Kharagpur, India working on ultra-low-power RF front-ends for WBAN applications. Since 2014, he is pursuing PhD degree in Microelectronics at the University of Pavia, Italy. During his master degree, he was a research intern at STMicroelectronics, India designing high frequency data converters. Currently, he is a visiting researcher at STMicroelectronics, Cornaredo, Italy in the automotive audio group. His research interests include high performance analog integrated circuits and efficient power converters. 

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Lucas Severo

Lucas C. Severo received the BSc. and the MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Pampa, Brazil, in 2011 and 2012, respectively. From 2011 to 2012, he was a substitute professor of the Federal University of Pampa. Since 2013, he is an assistant professor of the Telecommunication Engineering department at the Federal University of Pampa, Brazil. He is currently on a leave from the Federal University of Pampa and is with the Electronic Systems Department of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, working as a Ph.D. candidate. His research interests are in the design of analog integrated circuits, especially for ultra-low voltage operation, and analog CAD
tools. Lucas C. Severo has authored or coauthored more than 30 papers in edited books, international journals and conference proceedings.

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Samira Shamsir

Samira Shamsir received her B.Sc. degree (with honors) in electrical and electronic engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research focus lies on the implementation of advanced biomedical sensors and systems and semiconductor device modeling. Samira has co-authored in several international journals and conference proceedings including International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems (IJHSES), IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering (RBME), and 2017 USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting (NRSM) in Boulder, CO. In addition, she presented her works on IEEE 60th Midwest Symposium of Circuit and System in Boston, MA and in IEEE Region-10 Humanitarian Technology Conference (R10HTC) in Bangladesh in 2017. She has achieved the J. Wallace and Katie Dean Fellowship and Department Excellency Fellowship in 2016 and the Min H. Kao Fellowship in 2017. She has been awarded the outstanding teaching assistant award in the year 2016-17 from her department and the chancellor’s citation award for extraordinary professional promise in 2017. In addition, she achieved several travel awards from Graduate Student Senate in UTK, PowerAmerica, and IEEE SSCS.

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Cheng Wang

Cheng Wang was born in Suining, Si Chuan, China, on March 8, 1987. He received his B.S. degree in engineering physics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2008 and his M.S. degree in radio physics from China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, China, in 2011. He joined the Institute of Electronic Engineering, Mianyang, China as an assistant research fellow from 2011 to 2015.

Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. degree at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2016, he received the Analog Device Inc. Outstanding Student Designer Award. In 2017, he received the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Boston Chapter Scholarship. His research covers topics of millimeter/terahertz-wave gas spectroscopy, high-precision clock generation, broadband communication and radar imaging.

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Aili Wang

Aili Wang is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA since 2013. She received her B.S. degree in Tele-Communication Engineering from Northeastern University, Shenyang, China, in 2010 and her M.S. degree in Electromagnetic and Microwave Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 2013. Her PhD research interests include mixed signal integrated circuit design and FR circuit design.


Rui Wang

Rui Wang received his B.Sc. degree in School of Aeronautics Science and Engineering and minored in both Department of Electronic and Information Engineering and School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering from Beihang University, Beijing, in 2008. During 2008 to 2012, He was a candidate for Master degree from Institute of Microelectronics of Tsinghua University in Beijing. During the graduate study, he has been transferred to Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI Laboratory of University of Macau to finish his thesis work from 2009 to 2012. From 2013 to 2016, he was working as a PhD student in University of Rochester and his research included Spintronics memory devices and Terahertz detection theory.  Starting from 2017, he has transferred to University of Idaho under the supervision of Prof. Vishal Saxena and his new research interest includes novel Mixed-Signal Photonic integrated circuits for future data center interconnects. 

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Daniel Weyer

Daniel Weyer received the B.Sc. and Diplom degrees in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany in 2010 and 2013, respectively, and the M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA in 2012. He was an intern with Audi in 2011, Texas Instruments in 2012/13 and Qualcomm in 2017. Mr. Weyer is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. His research interests include mixed-signal, RF and mm-wave IC design, frequency synthesizers and noise-shaping data converters.


Mr. Weyer was the recipient of the student award of the Information Technology Society in the German Association of Electrical Engineering in 2010 and received the Germany Scholarship from the Technical University of Munich in 2011.

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Xiaofeng Yang

Xiaofeng Yang was born in Guangdong, China. He received the B.S. degree in electronic information science and technology from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, in 2011, and the M.S. degree in integrated circuit design from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2013. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering, University of Macau, Macau, China In 2012, he was with imec, Leuven, and designed on-chip signal generators for ECG chip. From 2013 to 2014, he was with Allwinner Technology, Zhuhai, and designed dc–dc boost circuits. From 2014 to 2015, he was with Hisilicon Semiconductor Ltd., Shenzhen, and designed high-speed clock distribution circuits for Serdes. In 2015, he was a Research Assistant with the University of Macau. His research interest includes clock receiver circuits for ADCs, low jitter PLL designs, and low phase noise oscillator designs.

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Alireza Yousefi is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCLA. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at UCLA, Alireza received his M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, in 2012. He also completed his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering at the Norshirvani University of Technology (NIT), Babol, in 2010. Alireza’s research interests are analog and RF circuits design, mixed-signal circuits design, and ultra-low power systems design for biomedical applications. For his Ph.D., he works on a distance-immune, low-power near-field data link that will be employed in the future generations of wireless neural and bionic implants. Alireza has also interned at Blue Danube Systems Labs (BDSL), a start-up telecommunication company, in the summer of 2014 and 2015, where he worked on next-generation base station transceiver chips. Alireza is also the recipient of a Silver Medal in 2010 National Engineering Olympiad, National Elites Foundation Scholarship, UCLA Graduate Division Fellowship, and the Broadcom Foundation Fellowship.

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Jennifer Zaini-Desevedavy received her M.Sc. degree in Electronics in 2015 from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the University of Bordeaux within CEA Leti. Since 2015, she has been working on the design of tunable ultra-low power integrated circuits for Internet of Things applications.

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Sanfeng Zhang 

Sanfeng Zhang (S’15) received the B.Sc. degree in electronics science and technology from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China, in 2015, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree. His research interest includes analog, mixed-signal circuits in biomedical applications.