IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Innovative Education Award


Award Information

Established in 2019, this award will recognize and honor SSCS members in their early/mid-career, who are making significant contributions to education in the field of solid-state circuits using innovative approaches.  The award aims to highlight distinguished and unique educational methods or programs that have a broad impact on the education of our community.  Some examples include, but are not limited to, education with outreach beyond the candidate’s institution, unique teaching methods via a variety of media more appealing to the current and future generations of students, motivational lab development, open source textbooks or lectures, open-source software development, instruction that reaches out to high-school students and teachers, and programs geared toward a diverse group of students, among others.

Those who receive this award must be a current SSCS Member in good standing. 

This award will be given annually to one winner, but only if a suitable awardee is identified.  The winner of this award will receive a plaque and honorarium of $5,000.   

The call for nominations will be made in our primary member communications, the Solid-State Circuits Magazine and Society Newsletter, or other member-wide communications tool that may be employed in the future. The nomination package consists of: (1) a one to two-page description of the candidate’s current educational contributions in the field of solid-state circuits; (2) a list of publications, classes or programs that support the nomination; (3) a maximum of three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the candidate’s educational contributions.

This award will be managed by the SSCS Awards Committee, which consists of an appointed Chair, who will select additional members of the Committee or appoint sub-committees as needed to manage the award winner selection.

Award candidates will be accepted during the year prior to the year the award is to be presented. The deadline for submissions is November 1st.  The winner of the award will be notified by December 1 in the year prior to the year the award is to be presented to allow the recipient to prepare travel arrangements to the conference where he/she has chosen to receive the award.   

The SSCS Awards Committee or its appointed sub-committee shall evaluate nominations as to whether the nominee’s contribution is significant and merits consideration.  A slate of selected nominees will be presented by the Awards Chair to the SSCS Administrative Committee and the winner will be selected by the SSCS Administrative Committee by vote. 

This award will be presented at the plenary session of one of the SSCS financially sponsored conferences, at the choice of the recipient.


Important Dates and Deadlines

The awards period for 2023 has now been closed, check back in Fall 2024 for new opportunities.

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Submission Instructions

A platform called OpenWater is required to upload nomination packages. For detailed instructions on how to use the OpenWater platform, CLICK HERE. 

The following materials must be uploaded as part of the nomination package:

1). One - two-page description of the candidate's current educational contributions in the field of solid-state circuits (PDF only, 25 MB Max)

2). List of the candidate's publications, classes, or programs that support the nomination (PDF only, 25 MB Max)

In addition, letters of recommendation must be submitted (maximum of three letters, PDF only, 25 MB Max). The nominator will submit names of those providing a letter of recommendation in the OpenWater system, and then the OpenWater system will send an email to those people asking them to upload their letter of recommendation. 

2022 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Innovative Education Award winner

Behzad Razavi is the recipient of the IEEE SSCS Innovative Education Award


Behzad Razavi is Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA, where he conducts research on analog and RF integrated circuits. An IEEE Fellow, Prof. Razavi has served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and has published more than 200 papers and eight books. He has received eight IEEE best paper awards and six teaching awards, and his books have been published in seven languages. He received the 2012 IEEE Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits and was recognized as one of the top ten authors in the 50-year history of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. His teaching and education recognitions include the TRW Innovative Teaching Award, the Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award, the UCLA Faculty Senate Teaching Award, the IEEE CAS John Choma Education Award, and the American Society for Engineering Education PSW Teaching Award.




Past Recipients



Professor Peter Kinget, Columbia University, New York

Dr. Payam Heydari, University of California, Irvine