Alumni in Academia
EE Alumni Have Taken Academic Positions Worldwide
The Electrical Engineering department is making great strides in preparing the next generation of academic scholars. Here are our Ph.D. graduates who have recently accepted academic positions worldwide:
Thomas Courtade, University of California, Berkeley (Advisor, Prof. Richard Wesel)
Dr. Thomas Courtade received the Distinguished Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the UCLA Department id Electrical Engineering and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010-2011. His research focuses on multi-terminal source coding. His work in this area was recognized with the best student award at the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory. He was named the inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the NSF Center for Science of Information.
In January 2014, he started his appointment as Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences focusing in the area of Communications and Networking. He is also involved in the Wireless Foundations research center.
Dr. Mohamed Aboudina, Cairo University, Egypt, (Advisor, Prof. Behzad Razavi)
Dr Aboudina received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt in 2000 (valedictorian) and 2002 respectively and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering UCLA in 2009. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering department, Cairo University, Egypt. His research interest includes high-speed and high-performance data converters, power management and integrated biomedical circuits.
“Mohamed is a dedicated and highly intelligent researcher. While at UCLA, Mohamed continued to introduce new ideas in the area of oversampling converters and arrived at a new technique that obviates the need for precise matching of analog components without sacrificing speed,” comments Prof. Razavi.
Dr. Sameh Ibrahim, Ain Shams University, Egypt (Advisor, Prof. Behzad Razavi)
Dr. Ibrahim received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2009. In May 2011, he became an Assistant Professor of electrical engineering at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt where he also serves as the unit head of the Communication Systems Engineering program.
“Sameh's research on decision feedback equalizers led to new ideas and record-breaking performance. With his tireless pursuit of novel circuits and design paradigms, Sameh was able to derive fundamental performance limits for DFEs and develop examples that approached these limits,” comments Prof. Razavi.
Dr. Ahmad Mirzaei, Pennsylvania State University (Advisor, Prof. Asad Abidi)
Dr. Mirzaei received his Ph.D. degree from UCLA in 2006. He joins the Electrical Engineering Department of Pennsylvania State University as an Associate Professor in August 2013. His research interest is in analog/RF integrated circuits and systems for wireless applications.
Dr. Wenyao Xu, State University of New York in Buffalo (Advisor, Profs. Majid Sarrafzadeh and Lei He)
Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. degree from UCLA in 2013 and joins SUNY Buffalo in the Computer Science and Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor from August 2013. His research interests are in the area of embedded systems, computational modeling and algorithm design. During his Ph.D. study, he focused on new sensing and computing technologies for healthcare applications. Wenyao received best paper award in IEEE Body Sensor Network Conference 2013, and best demo paper awards in IEEE Body Sensor Network Conference 2012 and ACM Wireless Health Conference 2011. He holds five U.S. patents, which are licensed to nationally renowned bio-medical device companies.
“During his Ph.D. study in our lab he has successfully designed and completed multiple research projects and helped in acquiring funds from NSF, NIH, and industry. His outstanding work in research has had significant impact on both research and industrial communities. Several of his work has been commercialized. I have received countless emails from institutions and individuals who have been interested in collaborating with our lab related to Wenyao’s research,” shares Prof. Majid Sarrafzadeh.
Dr. Shaolei Ren, Florida International University (Advisor, Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar)
Dr. Shaolei Ren received his Ph.D. degree from UCLA in 2012. His research interest is in cloud computing, smart grid, social networking, and network economics.
Prof. van der Schaar recalls, "Shaolei is a very dedicated researcher, who has done excellent work in a variety of important research domains ranging from wireless communications, to cloud computing and smart grids. His research is unique because it deals with highly complex problems which he is able to analyze and solve in a rigorous and elegant manner. His diverse abilities, knowledge and interests are also highlighted by the fact that he was offered to be faculty in two departments - electrical engineering and computer science."
Dr. Shenheng Xu, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (Advisor, Prof. Yahya Rahmat-Samii)
Dr. Shenheng Xu received his Ph.D. degree in 2009. His research interests include advanced reflector and reflectarray antenna designs, optimization techniques, and novel antenna theories and applications.
Prof. Rahmat-Samii recalls, "While at UCLA, Shenheng advanced the design technique for large spaceborne reflector antennas for future NASA remote sensing of hurricanes from geo-stationary orbit. He also developed a novel twin horn feed design for high rpm rotating antenna system for low orbit remote sensing applications. He was an outstanding and most pleasant student to work with. "
Dr. Rahul Singh, University of California, Los Angeles (Advisors, Profs. Elliott Brown and Warren Grundfest)
Dr. Rahul Singh received his Ph.D. degree in 2005. He is a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center on Cancer Molecular Imaging Program Area. His research interests include ultrasound imaging, terahertz imaging and optical imaging techniques for oral, skin and prostate cancers.
Dr. Min Jae Lee, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea (Advisor, Prof. Asad Abidi)
Dr. Min Jae Lee received his Ph.D. degree in 2008. His fields of interests are in high speed ADC/DAC, clocking, CMOS RF circuits, time domain signal processing and power electronics for electrical vehicles.
Dr. Jenny Yi-Chun Liu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (Advisor, Prof. Frank Chang)
Dr. Jenny Liu received his Ph.D. degree in 2011. Her current research interests include millimeter-wave and THz devices, circuits and systems, ultra low power
systems, and reconfigurable radio. She received the Outstanding Contribution Prize of the Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference in 2010, a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award of the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium in 2009, and a co-author of the Feature Article of IET Electronics Letters in 2011.
Prof. Chang recalls, "While at UCLA, Jenny conducted innovative work on self-healing power amplifiers to achieve high linearity and high efficiency. The concept has been well-received by the community."
Dr. Manuel Mazo, Jr., Delft University of Technology (Advisor, Prof. Paulo Tabuada)
Dr. Manual Mazo received his Ph.D. degree in 2010. His research interest is mainly in Control Systems with concentration on theoretical foundations behind practical uses in modern control implementations.
Prof. Paulo Tabuada comments, " Manuel was the most versatile student I ever worked with. He made fundamental contributions to the theory of symbolic control, event-triggered, and self-triggered control while at the same time being the main architect behind PESSOA, a toolbox for the automated synthesis of embedded control software."
Dr. Gyungsu Byun, West Virginia University (Advisor, Prof. Frank Chang)
Dr. Byun received his Ph.D. degree in 2011.His research area includes high-speed and low-power interface circuits and systems for communications, high performance time-precision circuit designs (DLLs/ PLLs/ CDRs). He is the author/co-author of over 7 papers and holds 18 patents in the field of electronic circuits.
Prof. Frank Chang recalls: "Dr. Byun is a very dedicated researcher and has done excellent work in promoting RF-interconnect for mobile memory I/O interface applications."
Dr. Pei-Ling Chi, National Chaio Tung University, Taiwan (Advisor, Prof. Tatsuo Itoh)
Dr. Chi received her Ph.D. degree in 2011. Her research interests include metamaterial-based transmission line theory/circuits and antenna/array designs.
Prof. Tatsuo Itoh recalls: "While at UCLA, Pei-Ling was dedicated to the realization of miniaturized antennas and metamaterial-based circuits. She has several high quality publications on both areas and holds the U.S. patent on the innovative diplexer synthesis using metamaterial transmission structures."
Dr. Nicholas Mastronarde, The State University of New York at Buffalo (Advisor, Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar)
Dr. Mastronarde received his Ph.D. degree in 2011 and was awarded the First Year Department Fellowship and the prestigious Dissertation Year Fellowship at UCLA. He has published and submitted 10 peer reviewed journal papers, 13 peer reviewed conference papers, and has been granted one US Patent. His research interests are in low power multimedia systems, energy-efficient resource allocation and scheduling in wireless networks and systems, dynamic power management, cross-layer design, Markov decision processes (MDPs), and reinforcement learning.
Prof. van der Schaar recalls: “Nick Mastronarde's most outstanding assets are the breath of his knowledge and research interests. This diversity of research abilities and interests, and ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice, enabled him to make breakthroughs in his thesis on energy-efficient multimedia signal processing and transmission, which are essential to make high-quality wireless multimedia on mobile devices truly ubiquitous.”
Dr. Jaeok Park, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (Advisor, Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar)
Dr. Park graduated from UCLA's Ph.D. course in 2009. His field of interest includes game theory, mechanism design, network.
Prof. van der Schaar recalls: "Jaeok is a stellar researcher and was a true honor to have him as part of my research group first as a part-time student and then as a post-doc. Jaeok developed pathbreaking research results at the frontier of microeconomic theory and engineering. I am certain that Jaeok's work in UCLA Electrical Engineering department will form the foundation of a new area spanning the disciplines of engineering and economics, which combines the unique understanding of the interaction between economic incentives and engineering technologies."
Dr. Chia-Hsiang Yang, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan (Advisor, Prof. Dejan Markovic)
Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. degree in 2010. He continued as a post-doc researcher for the Parallel Data Architectures group in UCLA. He has co-authored several journal and conference publications for IEEE. His research interest is in energy-efficient reconfigurable architectures and digital integrated circuits for communication and biomedical application.
Prof. Markovic recalls: "Chia-Hsiang is a single-man-company type of student. He took complex signal processing algorithms and made them look simple in his chip implementations, for which he received several awards. He is adored by his peers for his altruistic behavior and good spirit."
Dr. Ping-Hsuan Hsieh, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan (Advisor, Prof. Chih-Kong Ken Yang)
Dr. Hsieh received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 2004 and 2009, respectively. Her research interests include analog and mixed-signal CMOS circuit designs and semiconductor technologies for high-speed data communications, data converters, PLL/DLL designs for clock generation and clock-and-data recovery, voltage regulators.
Prof. Yang comments: "I am overjoyed to learn of Dr. Hsieh's appointment to a tenure-track faculty position at National Tsing-Hua University. She has always been a very clear thinker, a thorough and meticulous researcher, and one who is willing to tackle challenging and innovative ideas. She brings with her a wealth of industry experience both from internships at Texas Instruments for many summers, and from her post-doctoral position at IBM T.J. Watson Research Lab. I welcome her as a colleague and believe that she will be very successful in her academic endeavors."
Dr. Wei-Ho Chung, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (Advisor, Prof. Kung Yao)
Dr. Chung received his Ph.D. degree in 2009. His research interests include detection, estimation, wireless communications, statistical signal processing and networks. While at UCLA, he enjoyed teaching and plans to dedicate his career in this vocation.
Prof. Yao recalls: "Wei-Ho is unique in that he was able to formulate these theoretical fading models, then designed and performed field measurements by himself around the UCLA campus, and finally validated his theoretical models with these fading statistics. Wei-Ho had the spirit of a true innovative researcher."
Dr. Chiao-En Chen, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan (Advisor, Prof. Kung Yao)
Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree in 2008. He has numerous IEEE publications and international journals on Signal Processing and Communications. His areas of expertise include array signal processing, detection and estimation theories, and MIMO communications.
Prof. Yao recalls: "Chiao-En was the co-author of the chapter on “Source and Node Localization in Sensor Networks,” in the seminal collection of papers in Classical and Modern Direction-of-Arrival Estimation, ed. T.E. Tuncer and B. Friedlander, AP, 2009. This chapter covered the background and state-of-the-art work in these areas."
Dr. Qun (Jane) Gu, University of California, Davis (Advisor, Prof. Frank Chang)
Dr. Gu received her Ph.D. degree in 2007. Her research interests include RF/mm-wave and mixed signal integrated circuit and system designs.
Prof. Frank Chang recalls: "Jane was both talented and disciplined in ultra-high frequency circuit and system designs. She was the first to demonstrate a CMOS oscillator with output signals beyond one Tera Hertz based on harmonic cancellation techniques developed in our High Speed Electronics Lab."
Dr. Shalabh Gupta, Indian Institutes of Technology, Bombay, India (Advisor, Prof. Bahram Jalali)
Dr. Gupta received his Ph.D. degree in 2009. His research interests include: high-speed CMOS analog/RF/mm-wave integrated circuits and systems, and optical fiber communication systems and microwave photonics.
Prof. Bahram Jalali recalls: "Shalabh's industry experience and his creativity were the key to the success of a DARPA-funded consortium that was led by our group. His work resulted in many publications and praise from our government and industrial partners. He was a pleasure to work with."
Dr. Bryan Yu Hu, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada (Advisor, Prof. Lei He)
Dr. Hu received his Ph.D. degree in 2009. His research interests include: architectures and CAD tools for field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and their applications on accelerating massive scale data processing and data mining.
Prof. Lei He recalls: "Bryan was the key student for our radiation-hard FPGA synthesis project, and demonstrated great research skills and wonderful ownership. The research outcomes have profound scholarly and practical impacts, and have attracted lots of attention from places such as Cisco, JPL and Xilinx."
Dr. Heemin Park, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea (Advisor, Prof. Mani Srivastava)
Dr. Park received his Ph.D. degree in 2006. His research interests include: multimedia, sensor networks, ubiquitous and entertainment computing.
Prof. Mani Srivastava recalls: "In his thesis research, Heemin Park collaborated with researchers at UCLA's School of FIlm, Theater, and Television to develop distributed wireless sensor platforms and software systems for intelligent light control and sensor-augmented multimedia recording in theater and film production."
Dr. Hyunggon Park, Ewha Womans University, South Korea (Advisor, Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar)
Dr. Park's research interests include: game theoretic approaches for distributed resource management and multi-user transmission over wireless/wired/peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.
Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar recalls: "Hyunggon was a very hard working, dedicated, focused student, who always knew that he wanted to join academia and worked hard to achieve this goal. He was always ready to teach and help others with their research and aimed at gathering international experience."
Dr. Bibhudatta Sahoo, Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri, India (Advisor, Prof. Behzad Razavi)
Dr. Sahoo received his Ph.D. degree in 2009. His research interests include: high-speed CMOS analog/RF integrated circuits and systems.
Dr. Thomas Schmid, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah(Advisor, Prof. Mani Srivastava)
Dr. Schmid received his Ph.D. degree in 2009. His research interests are wireless communication, sensor networks, routing strategies and embedded systems.
Prof. Srivastava recalls: "Thomas Schmid's thesis research led to the development of novel algorithms and hardware mechanisms for ultra-low power, low-cost, high-accuracy and fine-resolution time synchronization and clocks in wireless embedded sensor networks in extreme ambient environments."
Dr. Yiyu Shi, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri (Advisor, Prof. Lei He)
Dr. Shi's research interests include renewable energy applications and 3D IC. His work has been recognized with multiple best paper nominations in top conferences.
Prof. Lei He recalls: "Yiyu received [his] Ph.D. within 4 years after getting his BS degree with no. 1 ranking from Tsinghua Univ. When he interviewed for academic positions, the only concern about him was that he might be too young to be a professor. His story has become a recruitment highlight for my group."
Dr. Amarjeet Singh, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, India (Advisor, Prof. William Kaiser)
Dr. Singh received his Ph.D. degree in 2009. His research interests include: using mobile phones for critical applications including healthcare, education and energy monitoring and low cost technologies for sustainable development.
Prof. Bill Kaiser recalls: "the remarkable progress in Amarjeet's research combining embedded systems and wireless networking have enabled new mobile healthcare capabilities that also address worldwide, urgent needs."
Dr. Jitkomut Songsiri, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (Advisor, Prof. Lieven Vandenberghe)
Dr. Songsiri received her Ph.D. degree in 2010. She was a recipient of the Royal Thai scholarship while studying at UCLA during 2005-2010. Her research interests include convex optimization in machine learning, signal processing, and control theory.Prof. Vandenberghe recalls: "Jitkomut's research has led to new algorithms for building graphical models of time series."
Dr. Kevin Tsia, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong (Advisor, Prof. Bahram Jalali)
Dr. Tsia received his Ph.D. degree in 2009.His research interests includes: silicon photonics for optical interconnect applications and microscopy for biomedical applications.
Prof. Jalali recalls: While at UCLA, Kevin published several high quality papers on integration of energy harvesting in silicon photonics. In the final stretch of his thesis, he made a seminal contribution to the development of the STEAM camera, the world's fastest imager.
Dr. Lap Yeung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Advisor, Prof. Yuanxun Ethan Wang)
Dr. Yeung received his Ph.D. degree in 2010. His research interests are: multi-antenna systems, miniaturization techniques for RF/Microwave passive circuits, and computational electromagnetics.
Prof. Ethan Wang recalls: "Lap is dedicated in innovative designs of miniaturized and integrated wireless communication front-ends. In particular, he demonstrated the first 4-antenna coupling free MIMO front-end in an area of 0.1 x 0.1 wavelength with the mode-based array concept developed in our Digital Microwave Lab."
Dr. Hao Yu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Advisor, Prof. Lei He)
Dr. Yu received his Ph.D. degree in 2007. His research interests include design exploration of analog/RF circuits beyond 60GHz, and 3D cyber-physical computing systems.
Prof. Lei He recalls: "Before joining UCLA, Hao was an intern at ADI and performed so well that ADI granted a research gift to partially support his study at UCLA. He continued to be a great performer in his post-PhD employment, becoming a key developer of the best analog simulation tool available today."
Alumni in Academia
- Mansour Aldajani (King Fahd University, Saudi Arabia)
- Yiannis Andreopoulos (Imperial College London, London, UK)
- Ananjan Basu (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India)
- Ben Belzer (Washington State University)
- Gyungsu Byun (West Virginia University)
- John A. Buck (Georgia Tech University)
- Chiao-En Chen (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)
- Pei-Ling Chi (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
- Wei-Ho Chung (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
- Babak Daneshrad (UCLA)
- Ahmed ElTawil (UC Irvine)
- Okan Kadri Ersoy (Purdue University)
- Christina Fragouli (EPFL, Switzerland)
- Jianbo Gao (University of Florida)
- Javier Garcia-Frias (University of Delaware)
- Jean-Francois Frigon (University of Montreal, Canada)
- Michael Green (UC Irvine)
- Qun Jane Gu (University of Florida)
- Shalabh Gupta (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India)
- Emad Hegazi (Ain-Shams University, Egypt)
- Ping-Hsuan Hsieh (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
- Bryan Yu Hu (University of Alberta, Canada)
- Ki Wing-Hung (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
- David Hwang (George Mason University)
- Michael A. Jensen (Brigham Young University)
- Jin-Seong Jeon (University of Seoul, Korea)
- Sharlene Katz (California State University, Northridge)
- Linda Katehi (UC Davis)
- Jongsun Kim (Honjik University, Korea)
- Haruo Kobayashi (Gunma University, Japan)
- Larry Larson (UC San Diego)
- Byeong G. Lee (Seoul National University, Korea)
- Jri Lee (National Taiwan University)
- Ming-Chang Mark Lee (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
- Tai-Cheng Lee (National Taiwan University)
- Jenshan Lin (University of Florida)
- Lih-Yuan Lin (University of Washington)
- Tsung-Hsien Lin (National Taiwan University)
- Jianlin Liu (UC Riverside)
- K. J. Ray Liu (University of Maryland)
- Shenghua Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
- Wei Lu (Tsinghua University, China)
- Nicholas Mastronarde (State University of New York at Buffalo)
- Ravi R. Mazumdar (University of Waterloo, Canada)
- Majid Manteghi (Virgina Tech)
- Kathleen L. Melde (University of Arizona)
- Ricardo Merched (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
- Warren Mori (UCLA)
- Hossein Mosallaei (Northeastern University)
- Shrikanth S. Narayana (University of Southern California)
- Vitor H. Nascimento (Univ. Sao Paulo)
- Omar Nasr (Cairo University)
- Phyllis R. Nelson (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)
- Ali Niknejad (UC Berkeley)
- Heemin Park (Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Korea)
- Hyunggon Park (Ewha University, Seoul, Korea)
- Jaeok Park (Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea)
- James Plummer (Stanford)
- Giordano Pola (University of L'Aquila, Italy)
- Balaji Prabakhar (Stanford)
- Vijay Ragunathan (Purdue University)
- Aditya Ramamoorthy (Iowa State University)
- Bibhudatta Sahoo (Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kharagpur, India)
- Henry Samueli (UCLA)
- Andreas Savvides (Yale University)
- Thomas Schmid (University of Utah)
- Curt Schurgers (UC San Diego)
- Sungkyu Seo (Korea University)
- Yiyu Shi (Missouri University of Science and Technology)
- Amarjeet Singh (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, India)
- Jitkomut Songsiri (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
- Dwight Streit (UCLA)
- Shuo Tang (University of British Columbia)
- Ljiljana Trajkovic (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
- Jui-Che Tsai (National Taiwan University)
- Kevin Tsia (Hong Kong University)
- Wen-Yen Weng (Chung Hua University, Taiwan)
- Ya-Hong Xie (UCLA)
- Chia-Hsiang Yang (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
- Fan Yang (Tsinghua University)
- Chia-Yu Yao (National Taiwan University)
- Lap Yeung (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
- Hao Yu (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)