Ali Hajimiri


  • 2015, Microwave Prize, Past Awardees**


Ali Hajimiri (F’10) received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1994, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, in 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1993 to 1994, he was with Philips Semiconductors, where he was involved with a BiCMOS chipset for GSM and cellular units. In 1995, he was with Sun Microsystems, where he was involved with the UltraSPARC microprocessor’s cache RAM design methodology. During the summer of 1997, he was with Lucent Technologies (Bell Laboratories), Murray Hill, NJ, USA, where he investigated low phase-noise integrated oscillators. In 1998, he joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA, where he is currently the Thomas G. Myers Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Microelectronics Laboratory. In 2002, he cofounded Axiom Microdevices Inc., whose fully integrated CMOS PA has shipped close to 200 million units, and was acquired by Skyworks Inc. in 2009. He has authored or coauthored over 150 refereed journal and conference technical papers.

He authored The Design of Low Noise Oscillators (Springer, 1999). He was a Guest Editorial Board member of the Transactions of Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan. He holds over 60 U.S. and European patents. His research interests are high-speed and high-frequency ICs for applications in sensors, biomedical devices, photonics, and communication systems. Dr. Hajimiri has served on the Technical Program Committee, International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). He is an associate editor for the IEEE JOURNAL OF SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS and an associate editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS SYSTEMS—II: EXPRESS BRIEFS. He is a member of the Technical Program Committee, International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD).

He was guest editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MICROWAVE THEORY AND TECHNIQUES. He was selected to the TR35 top innovator’s list (formerly TR100) in 2004. He has served as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits and IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He was the recipient of the California Institute of Technology Graduate Students Council Teaching and Mentoring Award, as well as the Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award. He was the Gold Medal recipient of the National Physics Competition and the Bronze Medal recipient of the 21st International Physics Olympiad, Groningen, The Netherlands. He was a corecipient of the IEEE JOURNAL OF SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS Best Paper Award of 2004 and the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Jack Kilby Outstanding Paper Award. He was a two-time corecipient of the CICC Best Paper Award, and a three-time winner of the IBM Faculty Partnership Award, as well as the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and Okawa Foundation Award.

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