ECE Newsletter – January 16, 2024

Newsletter • January 16, 2024



Asad Taj and Jamal

IEEE-HKN Asad, Gowhartaj, and Jamal Madni Scholarship

Distinguished Adjunct Professor Asad M Madni, Taj and Jamal Madni established an HKN Scholarship Award which will benefit IEEE-HKN members. The IEEE-HKN Madni Family Scholarship is awarded to HKN students who show exceptional scholarship, service to their communities, and a commitment to HKN. Each year, up to 3 qualified undergraduate students and up to two qualified graduate students may be chosen as recipients of this prestigious scholarship. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000 and may be used to help offset school expenses such as tuition, books, and student fees. The annual selection of scholarship recipients will be administered by IEEE-HKN.

Jason Cong on the cover of IEEE Circuits and Systems

Interview of Professor Jason Cong by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine

In September 2023, the EiC of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine interviewed Professor Jason Cong, a world-renowned distinguished scholar in electronic design automation (EDA) and next-generation computing. This interview comprises six questions that explore various facets of his distinguished career.

Cover Image for research in Nature Photonics

Research by Professors Mona Jarrahi and Aydogan Ozcan published in Nature Photonics

Research published in Nature Photonics and led by electrical and computer engineering Professors Mona Jarrahi and Aydogan Ozcan, details a breakthrough terahertz imaging system that provides for the first time real-time, 3D multi-spectral images. The other authors are Xurong Li, Deniz Mengu, Nezih Yardimci, Deniz Turan, and Ali Charkhesht.

Daniejla Cabric gave a Keynote talk at IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference in Las Vegas

Daniejla Cabric gave a Keynote talk at IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference in Las Vegas on January 7, 2024. The title of the talk is “Scaling Up Antenna Arrays, Carrier Frequency and Bandwidth for Low Latency Communications and Massive Connectivity Beyond 5G”.

Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii and Dustin Brown’s new publication in IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine

“Error Vector Magnitude as a Performance Standard for Antennas in the Millimeter-Wave Era — Part 2: Modeling, Simulation and Measurement Methods”, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Vol. 65, No. 6, Dec. 2023, pages 10-24

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Distinguished Chancellor’s Professor Asad Abidi awarded the 2022 JSSC Best Paper Award

Congratulations to Distinguished Chancellor’s Professor Asad Abidi on being awarded the 2022 JSSC Best Paper Award for his paper entitled “A Harmonic-Mixing PLL Architecture for Millimeter-Wave Application”. The award will be given to him at ISSCC 2024 in February in San Francisco.

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Upcoming PhD Oral Defenses

January 19, 2024 from 2-4pm

Alexander Johnson (Tesla Room)

January 22, 2024 from 9-11am

Enes Krijestorac (Tesla Room)

February 2, 2024 from 2-4pm

Lixuan Tai (Faraday Room)

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Job Opportunities

Apple Internship

Apple is looking for a Control Systems Engineer Intern with strong background in modeling, simulation, and learning algorithms. While the preferred start date is in Spring 2024, applicants interested in the Summer 2024 term are also encouraged to apply. Research background in online learning and data analysis is preferred and a strong candidate should have a solid software implementation experience. Please reach out to Eric Huang if you are interested or you have any questions.

"Transform your future"

Qualcomm Internship

Qualcomm is looking for qualified Master’s or Ph.D. candidates in E.E or ECE with an emphasis in Wireless Communications for a summer 2024 internship opportunity in WR&D System Integration and Test Engineering team. Potential candidates should be graduating between December 2024 and August 2025 and are seeking summer 2024 internship opportunities. Please apply for this Job at the posting below and share your resume with Onur Senel, part of the Qualcomm Wireless R&D System Integrations and Test Engineering team. 

At Qualcomm Wireless R&D, they are working on building the cutting-edge end-to-end prototype systems for 5G NR Sub6/mmW and WLAN. As an intern, the candidate will be responsible for integration and verification of complex prototype communication systems. Candidates with relevant coursework in the following areas are highly preferred: Digital Communication, Wireless Communication, Communication/Wireless Networks, Information Theory, Signal Processing, AI/ML, Random Processes, etc.

Detailed summer 2024 internship description with preferred qualifications can be found here:

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Student Organizations

ACM-W Tech Fellowship


We’re excited to share the launch of the ACM-W Tech Fellowship, our new initiative aimed to provide YOU with experience, guidance, and support to pursue various aspects of technology. 😌 Structured as a guided group project and series of both educational and professional workshops, fellows will have the opportunity to gain practical insights and exposure to the tech industry, valuable hands-on experience to bolster their resume for internships or club applications, and a chance to form lasting friendships and a supportive community. The best part? We’re beginner friendly, meaning all backgrounds and experience levels are encouraged to apply!! 😚😚 Want to learn more? Attend our info-session this upcoming Friday!! 🪩 Already eager to participate? APPLY NOW!! 😱 Applications due Wednesday, January 17 11:59 PM

ACM ICPC and ACM W hosting ‘Break the Binary’

Love to solve puzzles? Want to learn more about competitive programming? ACM ICPC and ACM W are hosting ‘Break the Binary’, a problem solving competition aimed at providing individuals from all backgrounds and experience levels a space to learn about competitive programming and gain experience in advanced problem solving. It will take place on the Hill in the De Neve Plaza Room on January 20th starting at 10:30am. RSVP for the event here:

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Newsletter Submissions

To be included in future newsletters, please send the latest news, awards, publications and any upcoming PhD oral defenses to the Chair’s assistant, Winda Mak, at Please include “newsletter submission” in the subject line. The ECE newsletters will be sent biweekly on the first and third Mondays of the month. Please ensure all submissions are received by the Wednesday before distribution to be included in the newsletter.

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