Richard Lai


  • 2004, Outstanding Young Engineer Award, Past Awardees**
  • 2012, Tatsuo Itoh Award, Past Awardees**


Richard Lai received his BSEE from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1986 and his MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 1988 and 199 1, respectively. He joined TRW (now Northrop Grumman Space Technology) in 1991 and since 1994, he has been the principal investigator for an advanced HEMT MMIC reseanh and development project at TRW and now Northq Grummm Space Technology. From 1997-2001, he was the manager for HEMT MMIC Products Section and since 2001, he became the manager of the Technology Development Department that is responsible for all of the HEMT, HBT and photonics product engineers. He is also a Northrop Grumman technical fellow since 2001 – scientists and engineers of exceptional achievement within the corporation. He has authored and co-authored over 150 total papers, patents and conference presentations in the area of advanced GaAs and InP~based device and circuit technology, establishing world record performance for low noise amplifiers, high frequency amplifiers and power amplifiers. He has also received four TRW’s Chairman’s and Presidcnts Award for Innovation in 1996, 1999 and 2003 for work on GaAs power HEMT MMIC development and InP HEMT MMIC development. In 1998, he received a paper of the decade award for the International Conference on InP and Related Materials and in 1999, he also received JPL’s Award for Excellence for his work on cryogenic InP HEMT MMIC development. Richard is married to Dt. Cecilia Fu, a pediatric attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and has nvo daughters Audrey and Stephanie, ages 8 and 4. His outside interests are sports such as tennis, softball and golf, along with general travel. This second recipient is Robert A. York, whose citation reads: “For contributions to the theory and techniques of spdal power-eombinin&coupled oscillator arrays, and fenuelectricphase shiftem.“

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