Lab Members

Professor

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    Dr. Chris Rudell Dr. Jacques Rudell joined the EE department as an Assistant Professor, in January 2009. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MSEE and PhD, from UC Berkeley. From 1989 to 1991, he was an IC Designer and Project Manager with Delco Electronics (now Delphi), where he focused on bipolar analog circuits for automotive applications. From 2000 to 2001, he was a postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, in addition to holding consulting positions in several Silicon Valley firms. In early 2002, he joined Berkana Wireless (now Qualcomm), San Jose, CA as an Analog/RF IC Design Engineer and later became the Design Manager of the Advanced IC Development Group. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Rudell worked in the Advanced Radio Technology Group, at Intel, where his work focused mainly on RF transceiver circuits and systems, in advanced silicon processes.

    In 1999, Dr. Rudell was the recipient of the Demetri Angelakos Memorial Achievement Award given by the EECS department at UC Berkeley. He received the 1998 ISSCC Jack Kilby Best Student Paper Award and was the co-recipient of the 2001 ISSCC Lewis Best Paper Award. He also received the 2008 ISSCC award for best evening session. In addition, Dr. Rudell is on the technical program committee for the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), serves on the MTT-IMS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium steering committee, and he currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Solid-State Circuits.

    My group's research focus will cover a broad range of topics related to analog, mixed-signal, RF and mm-wave circuits. The emphasis of our work will focus on novel architectures and circuits which overcome the challenges presented by future low-cost, silicon technologies, such as ultra-low voltage, low-intrinsic device gain, and poor matching characteristic, to name a few. Some of my past work has been on integrated circuits for wireless communication systems requiring aggressive performance. A major emphasis of our future research will explore architectures and circuits for highly integrated, concurrently operating, heterogeneous-wireless systems which overcome the evolving challenges associated with co-existence. Other areas of research which I have an interest are mm-wave circuits for 60GHz and imaging applications, low-voltage highly-efficient transmitter systems, ultra-low power RF for cellular based sensor networks, high-speed I/O for chip-to-chip and core-to-memory applications and finally, integrated circuits for bio-medical applications.

Graduate Students

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    Soonkyun Shin Soonkyun Shin received the B.S. and the M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Konkuk University and Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, in 1997 and 2006 respectively. He has been pursuing the Ph.D. degree at University of Washington, Seattle, WA since 2009.

    From 1997 to 2009 he worked as a design engineer in Samsung Electronics. His research interests are on high speed mixed signal circuits and low power high speed high resolution ADC.

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    Samrat Dey Samrat Dey received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2011. He joined the PhD program at the University of Washington in the year 2011. His research interests include analog and mixed signal ICs. He joined FAST lab in the fall of 2011, and has been working on front-end electronics for PET Imaging systems, in collaboration with the Radiology Department, University of Washington.

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    Tong Zhang Tong Zhang received his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the radio engineering department, Southeast University, Nanjing, China in 2011. He joined the FAST LAB in September 2011. For the past several years, he worked on multiple projects including self-interference cancellation transceiver and mmw wideband receiver. From July 2013 to March 2014, he did an internship in Qualcomm Atheros, San Jose, focusing on designing wideband PVT-compensated RF/mmW IQ generation. His research interests include antennas, RF/mmW analog and mixed signal ICs.

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    Eric Pepin Eric Pepin received his BSEE from the University of Washington (UW) in 2012, and decided to stay at UW, as well as with the FAST Lab, to pursue his MSEE/Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Eric’s interests are in interfacing technologies between nature and electronics, specifically those involving analog/mixed- signal integrated circuits (ICs), biomedical instrumentation, and digital signal processing. Currently, Eric is working on a project that’s a collaborative effort between the FAST Lab and the multidisciplinary NSF Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), also here at UW. Specifically, the project is concerned with developing a standard-CMOS, low-power neural stimulator IC for applications in brain- computer interfaces and CSNE test-bed equipment.

    As an undergraduate, Eric contributed to several research projects within the Sensors, Energy, and Automation Lab (SEAL) at UW, participated in NASA SURP (UW, Summer 2011), and was named a Mary Gates Research Scholar (UW, Winter/Spring 2012).

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    Andrew Chen Andrew joined University of Washington in September 2009, where he was working with Prof. David Allstot on low power analog and mixed signal designs for biomedical applications. After receiving a master’s degree in EE, he joined Mobile and Wireless group at Broadcom Corp, Santa Clara, CA, where he worked on efficient power amplifier designs for Bluetooth application. After two years in industry, Andrew returned to UW in 2013 to pursue a PhD degree. His research interests include low power circuit design techniques, highly efficient transceiver design, and mm-wave phased array system design.

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    Chenxi Huang Chenxi earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in 2013. He entered the PhD program with a focus on researching high efficiency PA design.

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    Daniel Micheletti Daniel joined the FAST Lab in the fall of 2013, after receiving his Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho in the spring. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, specifically focusing his research on RF and mm-wave transceivers. Daniel's interests are continuing to make wireless communication integrated circuits consume less power, sustain higher data rates, and increase noise immunity.

    Daniel spent his summers as an undergraduate gaining relevant industry experience, acquiring internships at Marvell Semiconductor and Micron Technology.

Alumni

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    Thomas Riedell Thomas earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in 2013. He worked as a laboratory assistant in the FAST lab from August 2013 to May 2014, and is currently employed at Tesla Motors.

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    Venu Bhagavatula Venu pursued his BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering at the University of Delhi, New Delhi. After two years at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he earned a MS in Electronic Design, he joined a IC-design start-up called Cosmic Circuits to get some industry experience before heading back to school for his PhD.

    Venu worked on a variety of RF and millimeter-wave projects at UW. He focused heavily on the design of a wideband (20GHz) millimeter-wave heterodyne receiver in standard CMOS technology. [More info...]

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    Apsara Ravish Suvarna Apsara received her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka -Surathkal(India) in the year 2006. From 2006 to 2010 she worked as an Analog Design Engineer in a startup company,Cosmic Circuits Pvt Ltd. Her main work was in the area of low power and high PSRR Low-Drop Out (LDO) regulators and Bandgap references. She also briefly worked on Power-On-Reset blocks and DC-DC converters. Apsara joined the PhD program at the University of Washington in the year 2010. She worked on impedance tuning methods in the transformers.

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    Christian Wijaya Christian received the B.S. EE degree from the University of Washington in 2009. His areas of interest as an undergraduate were in analog circuits and applied electromagnetics. He worked in the FAST lab as a laboratory assistant from August 2009 until June 2010.

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    Ka Wo Pang (Fred) Ka Wo Pang received his bachelor degree from Washington State University in 2007. He then worked for Chipidea Microelectronics (Macau) Ltd as a test engineer before joining UW EE for his master's degree in Fall 2008. He joined the FAST group in Spring 2009. His research interests included RF and mixed signal circuit design.

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    William Wesson William completed his BSEE at the University of Washington, after being steered toward EE through his love of music. Being born in Puyallup, WA, he grew to love the area, as well as playing music, building audio amplifiers, and enjoying the outdoors.