Paul J. Draxler (S’81–M’84–SM’13) received the B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees (with special focus on electromagnetics, RF and microwave circuits, antennas, and plasma physics) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI, USA, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree (with a focus on power amplifiers, behavioral modeling and predistortion) from the University of California at San Diego. La Jolla, CA, USA, in 2013.
Following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he designed hybrid and GaAs monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifier (PA) circuits with the Hughes Aircraft Company and Avantek. From 1988 to 1995, he held various positions at EEsof and HP-EEsof where he focused on RF and microwave computer-aided engineering: custom design environments, nonlinear modeling, and electromagnetic simulation. In 1995, he joined Qualcomm Technologies Inc., San Diego, CA, USA, to lead a team focused on RF computer-aided engineering and design methodology automation. In this role, he provided consulting to many design teams on system and circuit simulation, electromagnetic modeling, and board- and chip-level design methodologies. As a Principal Engineer, he founded a PA group within Qualcomm Research Center, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he led research on advanced transmitter and power amplifier technologies. He has authored or co-authored over 30 journal and symposium papers on electromagnetic simulation, circuit simulation, system simulation, power amplifier behavioral modeling, and predistortion. He is currently working at Stonecrest Consulting, consulting to MaXentric Technologies in LaJolla leading the DSP team on a number of wideband envelope tracking PA programs. He has over 15 years of power amplifier design experience including wideband PAs (>3:1 bandwidths), handset and basestation envelope tracking PAs, Doherty, and sub 6GHz, 5G-NR design strategies using GaAs, CMOS, and GaN device technology. To achieve better transmitter performance he performed electromagnetic simulations and folded in digital signal processing (improving Tx and Rx chain performance) for digital predistortion and receiver interference cancellation.
Dr. Draxler has served on the organization committee of the UCSD PA Symposium from 2004-2014, the IMS TPRC from 1998-present, and served on the IMS planning committee a number of times. Paul has published over 50 technical papers and has over 15 patents.