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 deadline for nominations will be September 30th.  The winner of the award will be notified by December 1st in the year prior to the year the award is to be presented. 

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. 



2021 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society New Frontier Award 

Rikky Muller is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society New Frontier Award.



Rikky Muller (M’04–SM’17) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, all in electrical engineering and computer sciences (EECS).

She previously held positions as an IC Designer with Analog Devices, Wilmington, MA, USA, and as a McKenzie Fellow and a Lecturer of EE with the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. She was also the Co-Founder of Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc., Berkeley, a medical device company founded in 2013 and acquired in 2019, where she held positions as CEO and CTO. She is currently the S. Shankar Sastry Assistant Professor in Emerging Technologies with the EECS Department, University of California at Berkeley. She is also the Co-Director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center, a Core Member of the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses, University of California at Berkeley, and an Investigator with the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub, San Francisco, CA, USA. Her expertise is in the research and commercialization of implantable medical devices and in developing integrated circuits (ICs) and systems for neurological applications.


Dr. Muller is a member of the technical program committee for IEEE ISSCC, and has previously served on the committees of IEEE CICC and BioCAS. She has also served as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of the Solid-State Circuits Society, the Circuits and Systems Society, the Society for Neuroscience, Women in Circuits and Women in Neural Engineering. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lectureship, the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigatorship, the Keysight Early Career Professorship, the Hellman Fellowship, and the NSF CAREER Award. She was named one of MIT Technology Review’s top 35 global innovators under the age of 35 (TR35), and one of MedTech Boston’s top 40 healthcare innovators under 40.


Past Recipients

2020 Professor Nan Sun, University of Texas, Austin