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.

2024 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society New Frontier Award winner

Taekwang Jang is the recipient of the 2024 IEEE SSCS New Frontier Award

Taekwang Jang (S’06-M’13-SM’19) received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from KAIST, Korea, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2013, he worked at Samsung Electronics Company Ltd., Yongin, Korea, focusing on mixed-signal circuit design, including analog and all-digital phase-locked loops for communication systems and mobile processors. In 2017, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan; his dissertation was titled “Circuit and System Designs for Millimeter-Scale IoT and Wireless Neural Recording.” After working as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan, he joined ETH Zürich in 2018 as an assistant professor and is leading the Energy-Efficient Circuits and IoT Systems group. He is also a member of the Competence Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Science, and the chair of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, Switzerland chapter.

His research focuses on circuits and systems for highly energy-constrained applications such as wireless sensor nodes and biomedical interfaces. Essential building blocks such as a sensor interface, energy harvester, power converter, communication transceiver, frequency synthesizer, and data converters are his primary interests. He holds 15 patents and has (co)authored more than 80 peer-reviewed conferences and journal articles. He is the recipient of the 2022 SNSF Starting Grant, IEEE ISSCC 2021 and 2022 Jan Van Vessem Award for Outstanding European Paper, the IEEE ISSCC 2022 Outstanding Forum Speaker Award, and the 2009 IEEE CAS Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award. Since 2022, he has been a TPC member of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), IMMD Subcommittee, and IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (ASSCC), Analog Subcommittee. He also chaired the 2022 IEEE International Symposium on Radio-Frequency Integration Technology (RFIT), Frequency Generation Subcommittee. He has been an associate editor for the Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC) since 2023.

Taekwang Jang

Taekwang Jang

Past Recipients

Year Recipient
2023 Ruonan Han
2022 Kaushik Sengupta, Princeton University
2021 Dr. Rikky Muller, University of California at Berkeley
2020 Professor Nan Sun, University of Texas, Austin