IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society New Frontier Award


Award Information

Established in 2019, this award will recognize and honor SSCS members in their early career who are exploring innovative and visionary technical work within the field of solid-state circuits. The award aims to emphasize pioneering developments that are at the frontiers of IC design or possess an imminent potential to expand the field through new categories of circuit technologies, system design, and/or emerging applications.

Those who receive this award must be a current SSCS Member in good standing and have received their highest degree (Bachelor or Higher) within ten years of the Award’s application deadline. 

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 SSCS member communications, the Solid-State Circuits Magazine and Society Newsletter.  The nomination package will consist of: (1) a one to two-page description of the candidate’s current contributions and vision of how the candidate’s research and development work will advance the field of solid-state circuits; (2) a list of publications or patents to support the nomination; (3) a maximum of three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the candidate’s work.

The Award selection process 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.

Award nominations will be accepted during the year prior to the year the award is presented.  The awards period for 2023 has now been closed, check back in Fall 2024 for new opportunities.

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.

Announcement of the Award winner will appear in the Solid-State Circuits Magazine, SSCS Newsletter, and SSCS Website.



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). A one to two-page description of the candidate's current contributions and the vision of his or her research and development and how it will advance the field of solid-state circuits (PDF only, 25 MB Max)

2). A list of the candidate's publications or patents to support this 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. 

2023 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society New Frontier Award winner

RRuonan Han is the recipient of the 2023 IEEE SSCS New Frontier Award

Ruonan Han received his B.S. degree in microelectronics from Fudan University in 2007, M.S. degree in electrical engineering from University of Florida in 2009, and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University in 2014. In 2014, he joined the faculty of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is now the associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), the director of the Center for Integrated Circuits and Systems, and the officer of the EECS undergraduate laboratory. His research group at MIT develops semiconductor chips that harness the RF-to-optical spectrum for applications in sensing, metrology, communication, security, and quantum. Their recent innovations include the chip-scale molecular clock, THz-ID, hybrid CMOS-diamond magnetometer, high-angular-resolution THz imaging array, among others. Ruonan is the TPC member of the ISSCC and RFIC. He was the 2020-2022 Distinguished Microwave Lecturer of IEEE Microwave Theory Techniques Society, and was the recipient of National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Development Award (2017) and Intel Outstanding Researcher Award (2019). He and his students won three Best Student Paper Awards from the RFIC Symposium (2012, 2017 and 2021).

Past Recipients

2022 Kaushik Sengupta, Princeton University
2021 Dr. Rikky Muller, University of California at Berkeley

Professor Nan Sun, University of Texas, Austin