NCIC Labs’ Director
Professor Payam Heydari
Current Ph.D. Students
Razieh Abedi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1991. She received the Bachelor degree in Electronics and electrical engineering from Sharif University of technology in 2013. She is currently pursuing M.S. /Ph.D. degree at the University of California, Irvine under supervision of Dr. Payam Heydari in the area of high-frequency integrated circuits. Her current interests include design and analysis of Analog, RF, and mm-wave IC for application in bio-medical instruments and wireless transceiver.
Amir Esmaili received the B.S. degrees in electrical engineering in 2011 from the University of California, Irvine, where he is currently pursuing the MS/Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. Since 2011, he has been with the Nanoscale Communication IC Lab at the University of California,Irvine. In 2012,he joined Sabertek,Inc. Irvine,CA as a Design Engineer. His research Interests include high-frequency integrated circuit design wireless communications. He is currently working at Anokiwave Inc. San Diego, CA which He is working of mm-wave front end circuit design Mr. Esmaili is the recipient of 2011 Fellowship Award winner of University of California Irvine, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science .The undergraduate Research Fellowship Award winner of university of California Irvine, January 2010.
Alireza Karimi Bidhendi received his B. Sc in electrical engineering alongside a minor degree in computer engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2013. He is working toward his PhD at department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of UC Irvine. His research interest is analog/mixed-signal circuit design for Brain Computer Interface. Alireza is the recipient of departmental fellowship for 2013-2014 academic year and Henry Samueli fellowship.
Seyed Mohammad Hossein Mohammadnezhad received his B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2013. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree at University of California, Irvine where he does research on RF, Millimeter-Wave and broadband integrated circuit design. He is the recipient of University of California Fellowship, Henry Samueli School of Engineering Fellowship and National Elite Foundation Fellowship.
Huan Wang received the B.S. degree from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2011 and the M.S. degree from University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, in 2013. From 2013 to 2015, he worked as a analog circuit design engineer at Cirrus Logic, Austin, TX, working on high-performance mobile class-D audio power amplifiers and other analog/mixed-signal circuits. He is currently pursing his Ph.D degree in University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA. His current research interest is in RF/mm-wave circuits and systems for high-speed wireless communication.
Mao Cheng Lee received the B.S and M.S degree from National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Irvine, CA, USA. His research interests include mixed-signal and low power integrated circuit design. From 2013 to 2015 he was with Airoha Technology Corp. (Mediatek Subsidiary), Taiwan, where he was involved in the design of frequency synthesizers and calibration systems for Wi-Fi, satellite tuner and Bluetooth products.
Run Xie received the the B.S and M.S degree from University of Science and Technology of Chian, Hefei, China, in 2013 and 2016. He is currently pursing his Ph.D degree in electrical engineering and computer science at University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA. His current research interest is in RF/mm-wave circuits and systems for high-speed wireless communication.
Fuqiang Wan received the B.S. and M.S. degree from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China, in 2013 and 2016, respectively. From March 2014 to May 2015, he worked as an analog IC design intern engineer in Jiangsu Juxin IC Design Company, Shanghai, China, working on analog circuits design in distance sensor chips. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree at University of California, Irvine, and interested in RF/mm-wave integrated circuit design.
Hang Zhao received his B.S. degree from Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, in 2015 and the M.S. degree from UC Irvine, in 2017. He was a visiting student at UC Berkeley, CA, USA, from 2014 to 2015. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree at UC Irvine. His current research interest is in ultra-high-speed wireline transceiver and RF/mm-wave circuits design.
Omid Malekzadeh Arasteh received his BSEE with a minor in Economics from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in 2015. He has been a member of IEEE-HKN and Amateur Radio Society, W9BGX at Northwestern University. Since September 2015, he’s been working on his MS/PhD studies at UC Irvine. He is a recipient of 2017 IEEE-MTT Graduate Student Challenge Award and IMS PhD Student Sponsorship Initiative. His research is focused on design of biomedical circuits for brain-computer interface.
Zisong Wang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronic Science and Technology from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China in 2012 and 2015, respectively, and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA in 2017. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at University of California, Irvine (UCI).
From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Wang was a research assistant at USTC, where he focused on the high-purity, high-efficiency oscillator design. From 2015 to 2017, he was a research assistant at USC, working on mixed-signal integrated circuits. His current research interests include analysis and design of RF/mm-wave IC.
Mr. Wang was the recipient of UCI EECS departmental fellowship in 2017. He has served as a reviewer of IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) since 2015.
Pei-Yuan received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in communication engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2006 and 2008,respectively. In 2014, he received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at University of California, Irvine. His research interests include millimeter-wave (mm-wave) and terahertz integrated circuit design for wireless and high speed data communication. From June 2012 to December 2012, he was with Wireless/Bluetooth Group, Broadcom Corporation, Irvine, CA, where he involved in the development of 60 GHz CMOS radio chip. He is now a Senior RFIC Design Engineer at Marvell Semiconductor.
Thesis: Novel W-Band Passive Imaging Receivers in Silicon
BK received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, in 2002 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine, CA, in 2013. Dr. Chun is currently a Senior Engineer with the Flash Memory Design Group, Samsung Electronics, Suwon, Korea. From 2002 to 2006, he was with Samsung Electronics as an Engineer in the DRAM Design Group, where he worked on the design and development of advanced high speed DRAMs. He interned in the Wireless Connectivity Group of Broadcom Corporation, Irvine, CA, in summer and fall 2008. His research interests include high-frequency and low-power integrated circuits and systems design in silicon technology.
Thesis: Polar Quantizers for Next Generation Wireless Receivers
Current position: Design Engineer, Samsung Electronics, Inc; Korea.
Behrooz received the B.S. (Hons.) and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology and Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1993 and 1997, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine, CA, USA, in 2012. He joined Valence Semiconductor in 1999, as a Senior Design Engineer. From 2003 till 2015, he has been with Maxim Integrated after the acquisition of Valence Semiconductor. In 2015, the Human Interface Business Unit (where he was a member of design team) was acquired by Qualcomm, Irvine, CA. He has been involved in design and development of multiple product lines including GPS receivers, power line communication AFEs, and is currently highly sensitive and immune to noise touch screen controllers. He is the co-author of four patents in the area of capacitive touch-screen controller architectures. His current research interests include highly integrated mixed-signal analog front ends used in communication systems, and high-speed data converters. He has extensive experience with different EDA tools and methodologies in analog and digital flows covering chip-level and back-end verifications.
Thesis: Design and Implementation of High-Speed CMOS Data Acquisition Integrated Systems
Current position: Senior Design Engineer, Qualcomm, Inc.
Zhiming received the B.Eng. degree in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2007, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering under the supervision of Prof. Payam Heydari at the University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. From June 2010 to November 2011, he was with Broadcom Corporation, where he was engaged in 60-GHz phased-array radio development. In Spring 2012, he joined the faculty of the Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, where he is currently an Associate Professor with the School of Information and Electronics. As a former member of the NCIC Labs, he continues to do research in the areas of analog, RF, and millimeter-wave (MMW) integrated circuit design.
Thesis: Silicon-Based Integrated Circuits for W-Band Fully Integrated Passive Imaging
Current position: Associate Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology
Thesis: Silicon-Based Millimeter-Wave Circuits for W-band Applications
Eric is currently at Tesla Motors in Palo Alto, CA working with the Firmware group. He spent four years with Broadcom’s RF group doing some RF design and simulation methodology alongside RFDVT work. M.S. EE from UCI in 2012, B.S. EE from UCI in 2010. He is now an RFIC Design Engineer at Tesla, Inc.
Thesis: Design of CMOS RF Mixer and OTA for a 2.1GHz LTE Radio Receiver
Thesis: Design of Optimized Distributed Circuits for Broadband Applications
Current position: Staff Scientist and Circuit Designer, Qualcomm
Fred received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, CA, USA. He is currently with Oakgate Technology, a storage and software test company based in Loomis, CA, USA. Prior to that, he was with Sabertek, Inc., working on RFIC design. Prior to that, he co-founded and led the product development at ZeroWatt Technologies. Fred was the lead member of a team that won the 2009 Business Plan Competition at the Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine.
Thesis: Novel Multi-Channel and Signal Modulation Integrated Circuit Techniques
Current position: Engineer, OakGate Technology
Lei received the B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China, in 2002, the M.Eng. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, in 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from University of California, Irvine, in 2010. He was with Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore, in 2003, where he did his Master research on analog correlator design for IR-UWB receivers. He worked at Atheros Communication, Inc. and at Broadcom Corp. as a Design Engineer intern in summers 2006, 2007 and 2009. His research interests include analog/RF/MMW integrated circuit design for wireless communication systems.
Thesis: Silicon-based RF/MMW IC’s for Gbps Wireless Communication, Automotive Radar and Imaging
Current position: Analog IC Design Engineer, Xilinx
Vipul was born in India in 1983. He received the B.Tech. degree in electronics engineering from the Kamla Nehru Institute of Technology (KNIT), Sultanpur, India, in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Irvine, CA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He was a summer intern at Skyworks Solutions, Irvine, CA, and Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Sunnyvale, CA, in 2005 and 2006, respectively. During the summer of 2008, he was a research intern at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, where he worked on integrated circuits for millimeter-wave imaging. From 2009 to 2012, he was with SaberTek, Inc., Irvine, CA, as a Senior Design Engineer. Since 2012, he is with Anokiwave Inc., San Diego, CA, where he is involved in the design of mm-wave integrated circuits for 5G applications. His research interests include silicon-based mm-wave integrated circuit for millimeter-wave wireless communication, automotive radars and imaging applications. Dr. Jain served as the President of the IEEE student branch at KNIT in 2003. He was the recipient of the 2009 EECS Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowship and the 2005 Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing Fellowship at UC Irvine. He was also a member of the team that won the 2009 Business Plan Competition at the Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine.
Thesis: Design of Novel Millimeter-Wave (MMW) Integrated Circuits for Automotive Radar Transceivers
Current position: Principal RFIC Design Engineer, Anokiwave Corporation
Le received the B.S. in EE from Fudan University in 2007. He received his M.D. degree in EE at UCI in 2009. While he was in the NCIC Labs, he was working on mm-wave integrated circuits design. He received his Ph.D. degree in EE at UC Santa Cruz in 2014.
Thesis: Design and Analysis of a Current-Reuse Transmitter for Ultra-Low Power (ULP) Applications
Thesis: Analog Timing Synchronization and Coarse Tuning in an Impulse Radio UWB Receiver:
Trends and Challenges
Thesis: Design of Concurrent Dual-Band Bandpass Filters
Current position: Principal Engineer, Broadcom Corporation
Deyi received the B.E. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2005, and the M.S. degree from the University of California, Irvine, CA, USA, in 2007, both in electrical engineering. While he was with NCIC Labs, he extended the bode theory of bandwidth enhancament networks and designed several broadband amplifiers and buffers in CMOS based on this theory. He interned in the Mixed Signal Engineering Department of Broadcom Corporation, Irvine, CA, USA, in summer 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he became full time with the same group, where he worked on optical/backplane transceivers. In 2011, he joined ZTE Corporation, where he led the development of high-speed SerDes. In 2012, he founded NewCoSemi Technology, Beijing, China, where he is now serving as the CTO. Mr. Pi was a recipient of the 2007 AMD/CICC Student Scholarship Award and Gold Medal in the National Olympiad in Informatics, China
Thesis: Novel Bandwidth-Enhanced Silicon-Based Integrated Circuits
Current position: Co-Founder and CTO, NewCoSemi Technology
Thesis: Integrated Circuits for Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Radio
Current position: Assistant Professor, Sharif University of Technology
Sriram received his M.S. in EE from UCI in 2006. He and Vipul designed and measured one of the first UWB 24 GHz radar-on-chip receiver in CMOS. After the school, he worked for Avago Technologies almost 7.5 years. Since 2015, he works as Junior Associate in McKinsey and Company, Mumbai, India.
Thesis: Design and Implementation of an Ultra-Wideband 24 GHz Front-End
Current position: Junior Associate, McKinsey and Company, Mumbai, India
Thesis: A Study of Phase Noise in LC Oscillators Due to High-Power Environmental Noise
Current position: Design Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation, CA
Thesis: Design and Implementation of RF CMOS Power Amplifiers
Ravi received the B.S. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, in 1998, and the M.S. degree in material science and engineering and from The Iowa State University, Ames, in 2000. He received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine. While he was in the NCIC Labs he studied the CML buffers and amplifiers design for broadband and ultra-high speed communications. He was with Int’l Rectifier from 2000-2004. From 2004-2014, he worked at Intel as staff design engineer. He is currently working at Inphi, designing 56G and 100G PAM4 transceivers. His research interests include broadband integrated circuit design.
Thesis: Design and Implementation of a Delay-Locked-Loop-Based Clock and Data Recovery in 180nm CMOS
Current position: Staff IC Design Engineer, Inphi Corporation, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Current position: IC Design Engineer, Intel Corporation, Folsom, CA
Former Visiting Scholars and Post-Docs
1. Professor Jin-Ku Kang, Associate Professor, Inha University, Korea
Research Interests: Design of High-Speed Clock and Data Recovery (CDR) Circuits and High-Speed I/O in CMOS Technologies
2. Professor Omeed Momeni, Ph.D. from Cornell University, Assistant Professor of UC Davis
Research Interests: Design of THz Integrated Circuits in Silicon