Next Gen Circuit Designer 2022 Workshop

Next Generation Circuit Designer

 In conjunction with ISSCC 2022, the IEEE SSCS Women in Circuits together with ISSCC sponsored the first "Next Generation Circuit Designer 2022" for young professionals and students. Next Generation Circuit Designer 2022 was a virtual educational workshop for a diverse set of graduate and undergraduate students, and young professionals who have graduated with B.S. within the last two years, who are interested in learning how to excel at academic and industry careers in computer science, computer, and electrical engineering.
 The panel on "Our Path to Circuit Design", with panelists from diverse regions, backgrounds and career levels, touched upon topics such as
 ●       networking and mentoring,
 ●       choosing or changing a career path, a research topic, or an advisor,
 ●       time management, work-life balance, and mental and physical well-being,
 ●       managing day-to-day life in both graduate school and industry,
 ●       dealing with challenges and conflict, and more. 
In addition to the panel,  forty next generation circuit designers in academia and industry were invited to attend a keynote from a distinguished speaker, an informal fireside chat with a high-profile leader in the field. 


The event was a great success and recording links can be found below!




Chair: Dr. Yildiz Sinangil, Apple, Cupertino, CA






Co-Chair: Dr. Alice Wang, Everactive, Santa Clara, CA







Co-Chair: Prof. Sophia Shao, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA







Next Generation Circuit Designer 2022 Workshop Committee:

Dr. Alicia Klinefelter, NVIDIA

Dr Farhana Sheikh, Intel

Prof. Q. Jane Gu, University of California, Davis

Ms. Kathy Wilcox, AMD

Dr. Deeksha Lal, Anokiwave

Prof. Negar Reiskarimian, MIT

Prof. Rikky Muller, University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Rabia Yazicigil Kirby, Boston University

Prof. Vivienne Sze, MIT

Ms. Trudy Stetzler, Halliburton

Prof. Ulkuhan Guler, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Zeynep Deniz, IBM

Ms. Yasemin Engur, Middle East Technical University

Ms. Awani Khodkumbhe, Texas Instruments

Prof. Najme Ebrahimi, University of Florida


Advisory Board:

Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan, MIT

Event Recording Links:


2022 Next Generation Circuit Designer Workshop Participants

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Abdelrahman Hany Shaheen - I’m Abdelrahman Shaheen, a Junior Student at Electronics and Electrical communications Engineering, Cairo University. Throughout my Bachelor studies, I acquired great passion towards physics and Academic Research. Since 2020, I have been a Research assistant, with dedicated focus on microwave engineering and photonics. I have engaged in various IC design projects which professionally improved my knowledge in circuit design and boasted my learning curve. My professors and peers always describe me as an inspirational figure who shows much passion and dedication. I’m looking forward to put my knowledge and skills into practice, achieve more progress and success, and make significant contributions in my future career.  

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Abhishek Singh Kushwaha - Abhishek Singh Kushwaha is a pre-final year undergraduate student pursuing BTech in Electronics and Communication Engineering at IIIT Dharwad, Karnataka, India. Currently, he is indulging himself with Analog and Digital VLSI Design student projects with his professors at IIIT Dharwad. He has worked on some student projects in circuit design like Op-Amp design, SRAM Cell design, PLL design, and currently working on some more projects. His current research interests include analog/mixed-signal and digital circuit and system design, RTL Design and Synthesis, and FPGAs. He was a research intern at Defence Research and Development Organisation, Delhi, India in the summer of 2021, and a summer intern at the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, India in 2020.





Atharva Rahul Bhamburkar - Atharva Rahul Bhamburkar is a a pre-final year undergraduate student pursuing a B.E. in Electrical and Electronics from BITS Pilani, India. Currently, he is working on Neuromorphic Circuits. My interests span circuit design, computer architecture, and applications of periodic structures. He was also an intern at the Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, India in 2021 and a part of the electrical vertical of the BITS Pilani, Goa Racing Team.



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Bingyi Ye - Bingyi Ye received the B.E. degree in microelectronics from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, in 2019. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Peking University, Beijing, China. His current research interests include ultra-high-speed wireline transceiver and optical clock data recovery.







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Chris Andoh - Chris Andoh is a test engineer at Texas Instruments. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Davis in June of 2021. His areas of interest are DC-DC converters, low power circuits, and wide-bandgap semiconductors.






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Claire Gantan - Claire Gantan is a third year undergraduate student studying electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is interested in the intersection of hardware and software, especially robotics and digital design, and uplifts the next generation of coders through tutoring and creating virtual programs for students to learn about engineering and computer science.






Dhairya Arora - Dhairya Arora is a junior pursuing B.E. Electrical and Electronics from BITS Pilani, India. His current research interests include Analog I.C. design, device physics/properties, and CMOS Quantum Computing. He has done quite many projects in the field of circuit design throughout his bachelor's program, like VCO design, amplifiers design, DC-DC converters, and will be doing some more during his remaining undergraduate studies.

He is a part of the electrical subsystems of the student nanosatellite team at BITS Pilani, Team Anant, and the pan-India hyperloop team, Hyperloop India.






Dilruba Parvin - Dilruba Parvin completed her bachelors’ degree in Electrical, Electronics and Communication Engineering (EECE) from Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) in 2016. Currently she is pursuing her doctorate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Missouri. She is working simultaneously in Analog/Mixed-Signal, VLSI and Devices Laboratory (AVDL) as a research assistant and in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) as a graduate instructor (GI). She also served EECS department as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) for two years. Dilruba’s research topic focuses on the development of low-power integrated circuits for RF energy harvesting applications. Additionally, she is working on the development of machine learning (ML) embedded energy efficient integrated circuits for energy harvesters. She is also working on a few collaborative projects in her laboratory such as design of low-power, AI/Machine-Learning integrated chip-based biosensors for wearable medical applications. She is also working as the manager of her laboratory group. She published her work in several reputed journals and presented her work at conferences such as IET Circuits, Devices and Systems (CDS), International Journal of High-Speed Electronics and Systems (IJHSES), IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), Connecticut Symposium on Microelectronics and Optoelectronics (CMOC). Besides, she co-authored papers focused on low-power respiration monitoring system that was presented at IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS) and accepted for publication in Journal of Signal Processing Systems. She is skilled in various software and hardware programming languages such as Python, VHDL, VerilogA, Verilog, C/C++. Her research focuses on the development of low power circuit design which enables her to work with different design software such as Cadence Virtuoso, SPICE, Altium, etc. Dilruba is actively involved in different type of campus activities. She achieved Deaton Scholar certification from Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development of University of Missouri. Besides she is an active member of Bangladesh Student Association at Mizzou. She is a graduate student member of IEEE, IEEE WIE, IEEE CAS, IEEE SSCS, IEEE IMS, IEEE PELS and IEEE YP. She has been with IEEE for more than 3 years of her academic life.



Elizabeth Diamond - Elizabeth Diamond is a senior at Boston University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. Since Spring 2019, she has been a group member of the Wireless Integrated Systems and Extreme Circuits laboratory led by Professor Rabia Tugce Yazicigil. Her research interests include hardware security and integrated circuits and systems. 




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Elpida Karapepera - Elpida Karapepera is an Analog Design Engineer at HDL Design House. She received her B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece in July of 2021. She is Co-Founder and the CEO of SilentInbox and Co-Founder of the UniMentors NPO. Her interests include analog, mixed-signal and digital IC design, circuits and systems for biomedical applications and High Level Synthesis.



Harsh Rawat - I am Harsh Rawat and I pursued my bachelors from Bits Pilani Goa Campus in the field of Electronics and Communication engineering and I graduated on 1st July 2021 . I am currently working at a startup as an Analog Design Engineer . My research interests include  Analog Integrated Circuit Design, VLSI Design . I have worked on Voltage Controlled oscillators , Low dropout Voltage Regulators and Peak detectors to achieve low power as well as low phase noise in some cases. 




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Jennifer Zhou - Jennifer Zhou is a 3rd-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. Her main interests lie in computer architecture and SoC design. She is actively doing research in Berkeley’s SLICE (formerly known as ADEPT) lab, implementing the RISC-V bit-manipulation instruction extension into the Berkeley Out-of-Order Machine (BOOM). Jennifer is currently considering a future career in higher education.





Jia Yi FongJia Yi Fongreceived his B.Eng degree in electrical engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2021. He is currently workingtowards the Ph.D degree with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in NUS. His current research interest is body-coupled power transfer circuits for wireless wearables applications. Mr Fong is the recipient of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Singapore Chapter Prize in 2021.






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Jiajia Wu - Jiajia Wu received the B.S. degree in electronic information engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in 2016, and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering in the University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA in 2020, where she is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree. Her current research interests include miniaturized silicon integrated bioinstrumentation for implantable brain-machine interfaces.





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Jose Guajardo - Jose C. Guajardo received the B.S. degree in Electrical Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2021 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at University of California, Berkeley. At MIT, he worked in the Microsystems Technology Laboratory as a student researcher. Specifically, his work focused on designing radio-frequency transceiver circuits like power amplifiers. His research interests as a graduate student are at the intersection of electromagnetics and integrated circuits, and include high-frequency transceiver and array system design. 





Luana Arrivabeni - Luana Arrivabeni received her B.S. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Politecnico of Torino, Italy in 2018 and her M.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Politecnico of Torino, Italy in 2020. She is currently working as analog design engineer in the Linear Precision Amplifier Group in Texas Instruments Deutschland, Freising, Germany. Her research interests include analog integrated circuit design and precision bipolar technology.





Maida Farooq - Maida Farooq received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan, in 2019, and she is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Cornell University, in the High-Frequency Power Electronics Group. Her research interests include the development of high-efficiency high power density line interfaced power electronic converters.


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Mohammad Redwan Islam - Mohammad Redwan Islam has finished his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering(EEE) from Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology(AUST), Bangladesh, on spring 2021. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Engineer, IC Mask Design Department at Ulkasemi Pvt. Ltd. which is the number one semiconductor design service company in Bangladesh. His field of interest for research are Low power memory design, Neuromorphic Computing, Computer Architecture.  






Mona Elokda - Mona Elokda received her B.S. in Electrical and Computer engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2020. Mona specializes in Analog Integrated Circuit (IC) design. After graduation. she worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Integrated Circuits Lab (ICL) at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Her research focused on the design of a continuous blood pressure measurement sensor using Photoplethysmography (PPG). Mona is currently an Analog Design Engineer at MEMS Vision in Cairo, Egypt, where she works on designing ICs for MEMS sensor interfaces. 



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Preethaa J - Preethaa J is a Junior student majoring in Electronics and Communication Engineering at College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University. She is currently an undergraduate student in the Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) led by Dr P. V. Ramakrishna. She is a part of the ‘GPS Baseband ASIC project’ submitted to the SSCS "PICO" Open-Source Design Contest and the chip has been taped-out. Her academic interests include Digital IC Design, Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems.





Qijun Liu - Qijun Liu obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, in December 2016. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University, Boston. Since Fall 2018, she has been a group member of the Wireless Integrated Systems and Extreme Circuits Laboratory led by Professor Rabia Tugce Yazicigil. Qijun's research interests focus on ultra-low-power analog and RF circuit design for biomedical applications. Her previous work has been accepted by the IEEE CICC and ISSCC Student Research Preview in 2021. She received the 2019 IMS and RFIC Ph.D. Student Sponsorship and awarded first place in the IMS 2019 Graduate Student Challenge. Qijun is also one of the ISSCC 2020 Student Travel Grant recipients.



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Rafailia-Eleni Karamani - Rafailia-Eleni Karamani (GSM'18) received her M.Eng. degree in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece in 2018. She is currently a Ph.D Candidate in Electrical Engineering and Teaching Assistant at the same department. She has published 9 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. For her PhD studies she has received scholarships from the Bodossaki Foundation (2018-2019) and the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI 2019-2022). Her research interests include memristor-based electronic design, bio-inspired circuits and systems and cellular automata.




Rami Hijab - Rami Hijab is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is an undergraduate researcher at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center working with Professor Ali Niknejad. His research focuses on low-power and low-noise receiver front-ends, with an emphasis on N-path filters for blocker rejection, the optimum noise performance of linear amplifiers, and noise-canceling architectures.




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Salma Soliman - Salma Soliman is a senior undergraduate student in B.Sc. Electronics and Communication Engineering at the American University in Cairo, Egypt (AUC). Currently, she is an undergraduate research assistant in the SEAD research group at the AUC, under the supervision of Dr. Hassanien Amer and Dr.Cherif Salama. Her interests span digital and analog circuits design. She is also an undergraduate teaching assistant in the VLSI course at the AUC taught by Dr. Mohab Anis. Her current research focuses on high-performance CMOS digital circuits. She was an analog/mixed signals design intern at Siemens EDA, Egypt in summer 2021. She is an incoming exchange student at North Carolina State University in ECE in Spring 22. She will graduate from AUC in Spring 2023.



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Saurabh Dhiman - Saurabh Dhiman received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India in 2017. He joined as a Master’s student with specialization in VLSI at Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India in 2018 and converted to full-time doctoral program in 2019. He is currently working towards the PhD degree at Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India. His research interests focus on analog and mixed-signal circuit design and in particular data converters that include analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and time-to-digital converters (TDCs) for particle detection application. 

Mr. Dhiman is a recipient of IEEE Circuits and Systems Student Travel Grant Award in 2020. His previous work has been accepted in IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) in 2020 and Asia Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems (APCCAS) in 2019. He serves as a reviewer for the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) and IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS). 




Sayedeh Mina Sayedi - Mina Sayedi received her B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran in 2019. She is currently working toward her M.A.Sc degree in Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab (ICSL) with the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, York University, Canada. Her current research is focused on the design and development of low-power activity-adaptive neurophysiological sensing SoC.





Sofia Perinelli - Sofia Perinelli received her BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico of Milan, Italy in 2018. Afterwards, she studied Electronics Engineering and she received her MSc degree from Politecnico of Milan in 2020. She is currently working in Edinburgh for STMicroelectronics in Imaging Division as Graduate Pixel Designer.






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Sreeni Poolakkal - Sreeni Poolakkal received his B. Tech from University of Calicut, India and M. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. He did his Master's thesis on low power and low phase noise Oscillators. Subsequently, he joined Tata Steel, India, as an automation Technologist. He is currently working towards his PhD degree at Washington state university. His research interests include highly linear and wide band phased array radios.




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Sribooshan Srinivasan - Sribooshan Srinivasan received the Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering with first class and distinction from College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, India, in 2021. During his Bachelor's studies, from 2019 to 2021, he was an undergraduate student associate at the Integrated Systems Lab headed by Prof. Dr. P. V. Ramakrishna where he was involved in three IC Design projects as a part of the IEEE SSCS PICO Design Contest 2021. He also worked on wireless communication system design, radar system design and analog/mixed-signal verification research.

In November 2021, he joined a stealth-mode start-up as a Mixed-Signal IC Design Engineer, where he works on ultra-low power communication ICs for wearable applications. His research interests include low-power analog/mixed-signal design, low-power PLL design and linear time-variant systems. He is a member of the IEEE and the Solid-State Circuits Society.


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Tulio Pereira Bitencourt Tulio Pereira Bitencourt is a M.S. student in Microelectronics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). He received his B.Eng. degree in computer engineering from the Federal University of Pampa (UNIPAMPA) in 2019. His research interest includes digital IC design and verification, and video coding.





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Tuna Tufan - Tuna B. Tufan received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2020. During his junior and senior years at METU, he worked as an undergraduate researcher in the Heart Research Lab with a focus on the Bayesian estimation methods for the inverse problem of electrocardiographic imaging. In the summer of 2019, he conducted a research internship in the Medical Information Technology (MedIT), Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. In MedIT, he developed an impedance measurement system for the coupling impedance of capacitive ECGs. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Integrated Circuits and Systems (ICAS) Lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His research focuses on the analog and mixed-signal design for wearable wireless sensors for monitoring respiratory functions. He is a student member of IEEE.

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Yasmine Abdulaal Mahmoud - Yasmine Abdulaal Mahmoud is a Junior student in the Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics program at Zewail City. 







Yu-Chi Lin - Yu-Chi Lin was born in Taiwan and is the first one in her family to study engineering. She graduated with the highest distinction, Dr. I-Chi Mei Memorial Medal (7 out of  2000 in class 2021) and received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Hsinchu, Taiwan, in June 2021. Currently, she is pursuing Ph.D. degree with Professor Ali Niknejad at Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department, at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of Taiwan-UC Berkeley Fellowships (top 5 UC Berkeley Ph.D. students from Taiwan). Her research focuses on applying IC design and millimeter waves to human healthcare and brainstorming engineering approaches to benefit people worldwide.



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ZeinabAlsadat KashaniRavandi - Zeinab Kashani (S’15) received the B.S. degree from University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 2012, and the M.Sc. degree in microelectronics from Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, in 2015. Her M.Sc. thesis was titled “Design of a low phase noise mm-wave quadrature VCO”. From 2012 to 2018, she worked as a programmer and electronic circuit designer, developing circuits and firmware for embedded systems, in medical instruments and smart wearable companies affiliated with University of Tehran and Sharif University of Technology. Then, she joined the Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory (ICSL) at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA, in 2019, where she is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. Her research interests include biomedical circuits & systems, analog, digital, mixed-signal, RF, and mm-wave integrated circuits design.



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Zhengping Zhu - Zhengping Zhu is a senior at the University of Michigan — Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai, China, where he is majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is now an undergraduate researcher at the Intelligent Circuits, Architectures and Systems (iCAS) Laboratory led by Dr. Xinfei Guo. His current research focuses on VLSI Design Flow and open-source EDA.





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Zhuoyue Li - Zhuoyue Li received the B.E. degree in electronic science and technology from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 2020, and M.S degree from National university of Singapore, Singapore in 2021. She is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Her research focuses on high voltage transceiver, low-power, low-noise and high performance readout circuit, and mixed-signal system implementation for bio-medical applications. 






Next Gen Circuit Designer  Workshop 2022 - Event Agenda

Time (Sunday, February 20th, 2022 Next Gen Circuit Designer Workshop 2022
7:00 - 7:15 AM PST Introduction - Video from 2020 Rising Stars
7:20 - 8:00 AM PST Fireside Chat by Megan Smith, CTO of USA under former President Barack Obama
8:05 - 9:00 AM PST NextGen Circuit Designers - Elevator Pitch Session 
9:05 - 9:45 AM PST Special Talk by Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean of Engineering at UC Berkeley 
9:50 - 10:50 AM PST

Panel - Our Path to Circuit Design

Panelists: Alvin Loke, Tech Director at NXP; Andreia Cathelin, Technology Fellow at ST Microelectronics; Canan Dagdeviren, Assistant Professor at MIT Media Labs; Brian Floyd, Professor at North Carolina State University; Ada Poon, Associate Professor at Stanford University 



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 In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation.

Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She most recently served as a Vice President at Google, first leading New Business Development -- where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing across Google’s global engineering and product teams for nine years -- and later serving as a VP in the leadership team at Google[x] -- where she co-created the company’s “SolveForX” innovation community project as well as its “WomenTechmakers” tech-diversity initiative and worked on a range of other projects. During her tenure she led the company’s acquisitions of major platforms such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Picasa, and also served as GM of during its engineering transition, adding Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, and Earth Outreach/Engine, and increased employee engagement.

Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web, where the team broke through many barriers and partnered closely with AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, and other major web players. Megan was part of designing early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan. Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2000 miles across the Australian outback.  Megan has served on the boards of MIT, MIT Media Lab, MIT Technology Review, and Vital Voices; as a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid; and as an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. She holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.

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Tsu-Jae King Liu received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She joined the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a Member of Research Staff in 1992, to research and develop high-performance thin-film transistor technologies for flat-panel display applications. In 1996 she joined the faculty of the University of California, at Berkeley, where she now holds the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Distinguished Professorship in Microelectronics. From 2000 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2008, she served as the Faculty Director of the UC Berkeley Microfabrication Laboratory. From July 2004 through June 2006 she was Senior Director of Engineering in the Advanced Technology Group of Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, CA). From 2008 through 2012, Professor Liu was the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley. She also served as Faculty Director of the UC Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory in 2012. From 2012 to 2016 she served as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Division, and from 2014 to 2016 she served as Chair of the EECS Department.

Professor Liu's awards include the Ross M. Tucker AIME Electronics Materials Award (1992) for seminal work in polycrystalline silicon-germanium thin films; an NSF CAREER Award (1998) for research in thin-film transistor technology; the DARPA Significant Technical Achievement Award (2000) for development of the FinFET; the Electrical Engineering Award for Outstanding Teaching at UC Berkeley (2003); the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2010) for contributions to nanoscale MOS transistors, memory devices, and MEMS devices; the UC Berkeley Faculty Mentor Award (2010); the Electrochemical Society Dielectric Science and Technology Division Thomas D. Callinan Award (2011) for excellence in dielectrics and insulation investigations; the Intel Outstanding Researcher in Nanotechnology Award (2012); the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award (2014); and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Aristotle Award (2016). Her research activities are presently in advanced materials, fabrication processes and devices for energy-efficient electronics. She has authored or co-authored over 500 publications and holds over 90 patents.

Professor Liu is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and serves on the Board of Directors for Intel Corporation.




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Alvin Loke

Alvin Loke is a Technical Director at NXP Semiconductors in San Diego, having worked on every CMOS node from 250nm to 2nm at Agilent, AMD, Qualcomm, and TSMC. He received a B.A.Sc. (highest honors) from the University of British Columbia, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He spent several years in CMOS process integration and has since then worked on analog/mixed-signal design focusing on wireline links, design/model/technology interfacing, and analog design methodologies. Alvin actively volunteers for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society and is currently an AdCom Member, Chapters Chair, and VLSI Symposia Committee Member. He has previously served as Distinguished Lecturer, Webinar Chair, Denver and San Diego Chapters Chair, CICC Committee Member, and JSSC/SSCL Guest Editor. Alvin has presented many invited talks, including short courses at ISSCC, VLSI Symposia, CICC, and BCICTS. He has authored over 60 publications (including CICC 2018 Best Paper) and 29 US patents.



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Andreia Cathelin 

Andreia Cathelin (M’04, SM’11) started electrical engineering studies at the Polytechnic Institute of Bucarest, Romania and graduated with MS from the Institut Supérieur d’Electronique du Nord (ISEN), Lille, France in 1994. In 1998 and 2013 respectively, she received PhD and "habilitation à diriger des recherches" (French highest academic degree) from the Université de Lille 1, France. Since 1998, she has been with STMicroelectronics, Crolles, France, now Technology R&D Fellow. Her focus areas are in the design of RF/mmW/THz and ultra-low-power circuits and systems. She is the key design scientist in the promotion of all advanced CMOS technologies developed in the company. She is leading and driving research in advanced topics inside the company R&D program and through leadership cooperation with major universities around the world. She has also management activities as being in charge of the ST-CMP operation (the CMP is an independent organization offering small series foundry services for SME and research institutes). Andreia is very active in the IEEE community since more than 15 years, strongly implied with SSCS and its Adcom, the Executive Committees of ISSCC and VLSI Symposium and is the TPC chair of ESSCIRC2020/21 in Grenoble. She is as well a founding member of the IEEE SSCS Women in Circuits group. Andreia has authored or co-authored 150+ technical papers and 14 book chapters, has co-edited the Springer book "The Fourth Terminal, Benefits of Body-Biasing Techniques for FDSOI Circuits and Systems" and has filed more than 25 patents. Andreia is a co-recipient of the ISSCC 2012 Jan Van Vessem Award for Outstanding European Paper and of the ISSCC 2013 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper. She is as well the winner of the 2012 STMicroelectronics Technology Council Innovation Prize, for having introduced on the company’s roadmap the integrated CMOS THz technology for imaging applications. Very recently, Andreia has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lund, Sweden, promotion of 2020.


Canan Dagdeviren MIT Media Lab 00Canan Dagdeviren

Dr. Canan Dagdeviren is an Assistant Professor in the Program in Media Arts and Sciences, where she leads the Conformable Decoders research group. The group aims to convert the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Dagdeviren earned her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she focused on exploring patterning techniques and creating piezoelectric biomedical systems. Her collective PhD research involved flexible mechanical energy harvesters, multi-functional cardiac vessel stents, wearable blood pressure sensors, and stretchable skin modulus sensing bio-patches. As a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, she conducted her postdoctoral research at the MIT David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, working on designing and fabricating multi-functional, minimally invasive brain probes that can simultaneously deliver drugs on demand and electrically modulate neural activity precisely and selectively for the treatment of neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.  At the Media Lab, Dagdeviren’s Conformable Decoders group is working to create mechanically adaptive electromechanical systems that can intimately integrate with the target object for sensing, actuation, and energy harvesting, among other applications. Her research is built on the belief that vital information from nature and the human body is ‘coded’ in various forms of physical patterns, and that conformable decoders can ‘decode’ these patterns into beneficial signals and/or energy. Dagdeviren’s work has been featured in many media outlets, including Smithsonian Magazine, Popular Mechanics, CBS News, the LA Times, BBC News, New Scientist, IEEE Spectrum, Physics World, and Nature Materials. In 2015, MIT Technology Review named her among the "Top 35 Innovators Under 35" (inventor category), and Forbes magazine selected her as one of the "Top 30 Under 30 in Science". Recently, Dagdeviren has been named as a Gifted Citizen by Ciudad de las Ideas of Puebla, Mexico, Spotlight Health Scholar by Aspen Institute, and World#1 in Medical Innovation Category of Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) by Junior Chamber International (JCI). In December 2016, Dr. Dagdeviren was awarded with Science and Sci Life Prize for Young Scientists in Translational Medicine Category and invited to attend Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Dagdeviren has been named as the 2017 Innovation and Technology Delegate of the American Academy of Achievement. In 2019, Dr. Dagdeviren has been named as one of the nation’s 100 brightest young engineers by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to take part in the NAE’s 25th annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium. In 2021, Dr. Dagdeviren was honored with two awards: the 2021 National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award, and the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty award.


Ada Poon

Ada Poon

Ada received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the EECS department at the University of California at Berkeley. Her dissertation attempted to connect information theory with electromagnetic theory so as to better understand the fundamental limit of wireless channels. Upon graduation, she spent one year at Intel as a senior research scientist building reconfigurable baseband processors for flexible radios. Afterwards, she joined her advisor’s startup company, SiBeam Inc., architecting Gigabit wireless transceivers leveraging 60 GHz CMOS and MIMO antenna systems. After two years in industries, she returned to academic and joined the faculty of the ECE department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since then, she has changed her research direction from wireless communications to integrated biomedical systems. In 2008, she moved back to California and joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She received the Okawa Foundation Research Grant in 2010 and NSF CAREER Award in 2013. She is a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub investigator.



flyodBrian Floyd 

Dr. Floyd joined NC State in January 2010. His research interests include RF and millimeter-wave circuits and systems for wireless communications, imaging, and radar applications. Specific research topics include multi-Gb/s wireless transceivers, mmWave passive and active imagers, silicon phased-array transceivers, 3-D RF, digitally assisted/digitally-replaced RF systems, and manufacturable antenna-in-package approaches. Prior to 2010, Dr. Floyd worked at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY as a research staff member (2001-2007) and as the manager of the RF and wireless circuits and systems group (2007-2009). His work at IBM included the demonstration of some of the world's first 60-GHz transceivers in silicon and the development of 60-GHz phased-array transceivers, antennas, and packages.