Wang Appointed as IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer

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Hua Wang has been appointed as a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer for the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) for the period of 2022-2024. Wang is an associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

An IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer typically deliver five to seven talks per year. For each class of these lecturers, only three or four are selected worldwide each year. Manos Tentzeris, who is ECE’s Ken Byers Professor in Flexible Electronics, previously served in this role from 2010-2012.

During his two-year term as an IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer, Wang will lecture on broadband and energy-efficient RF/mm-Wave/THz integrated circuits and systems for beyond-5G and 6G communications and sensing. He will also speak on wireless systems for ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC), sensing, and hardware security.

Wang is the director of the Georgia Tech Center of Circuits and Systems (CCS), and he leads the Georgia Tech Electronics and Micro-Systems (GEMS) Lab. His research interests include innovating analog, RF, mm-Wave, and THz integrated circuits and hybrid systems for wireless communications, sensing, and bioelectronics applications.

Wang is the recipient of the 2020 DARPA Director's Fellowship, 2020 Qualcomm Faculty Award, 2018 DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2017 IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award, and 2015 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He held the Georgia Tech ECE Demetrius T. Paris Professorship from 2014-2018.

Wang Tapped for DARPA Young Faculty Award

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Hua Wang has received a DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) for his research on mm-Wave power amplifiers with extreme bandwidth and energy efficiency.

A member of the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty since 2012, Wang holds the Demetrius T. Paris Junior Professorship and leads the Georgia Tech Electronics and Micro-System (GEMS) Lab. He has also received multiple prestigious academic awards, including the IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 2017, Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award in 2016, National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2015, Roger P. Webb ECE Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award in 2015, and Lockheed Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015, as well as many best paper awards in the field of solid-state circuits, systems, and microwave engineering. Wang is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society for 2018 and 2019.

As millimeter-wave frequency applications have become prevalent in the commercial and Department of Defense markets, there is a rapidly growing need for advanced millimeter-wave solid-state power amplifier technologies that can support high energy efficiency, sufficient output power, and high-speed complex modulations. Moreover, high-efficiency amplifiers covering extremely wide bandwidth have become a necessity, particularly for frequency-agile massive Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) systems, such as multi-standard 5G wireless communication.

In this project, Wang will lead the fundamental research on a completely new class of extremely-wideband-yet-efficient power amplifiers over the frequency range of 30-100GHz. The key technology innovations include novel amplifier circuit topologies, hybrid use of silicon/non-silicon solid-state devices, and multi-mode amplifier operations.

This project will potentially achieve a new class of load modulation power amplifiers with an unprecedented combination of bandwidth, energy efficiency, and output power. Such amplifier technologies will eventually enable true “common-module front-ends” for reconfigurable transmitters and MIMO systems with "full-spectrum access" and digital beam-forming for wireless communication, radar, imaging, and spectrum sensing applications.

Wang Appointed as IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecturer

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Hua Wang has been named as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society for a two-year term, effective January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. He is an assistant professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Wang leads the Georgia Tech Electronics and Micro-System (GEMS) lab, which focuses on innovating integrated circuits and hybrid micro-systems to address future wireless communication, radar, imaging, and health care applications.

The three areas in which Wang will present lectures include:

• Broadband, Linear, and High-Efficiency Mm-Wave Power Amplifiers – The Unreasonable Quest for “Perfect” 5G Mm-Wave Power Amplifiers and Some Reasonable Solutions

• Merging Antenna Designs with Electronic Circuits – Multi-Feed Antennas Based Mm-Wave Front-Ends in Silicon for On-Antenna Power Combining, Active Load Modulation, and Full Duplex Operations

• Using Moore’s Law to Break Eroom’s Law? – Multimodal CMOS Cellular Interface for High Throughput Drug Screening and New Drug Development

A member of the ECE faculty since 2012, Wang holds the Demetrius T. Paris Junior Professorship. Some of his most recent awards include the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2018); IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2017); Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award (2016); and the NSF CAREER Award, Lockheed Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and Georgia Tech ECE Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award (all received in 2015).

Wang is an associate editor of the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters and serves as a technical program committee and steering committee member for the top conferences in his field. He serves as the chair of Atlanta’s IEEE Circuits and Systems Society/Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) joint chapter, which won the IEEE SSCS Outstanding Chapter Award in 2014.

Wang Selected for Prestigious DARPA Director’s Fellowship

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Hua Wang has been awarded a prestigious Director’s Fellowship from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Wang is the first faculty member at Georgia Tech to receive this fellowship award from DARPA.

In 2018, Wang won the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA), which aims to identify and engage rising stars in young researchers who are motivated to pursue high-risk, high-reward fundamental research by pairing them with DARPA program managers and providing them with funding for a two-year period. 

DARPA YFA winners are chosen in a wide range of research areas from engineering, physics, and chemistry to computer science and social science. The long-term goal of the DARPA YFA program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will focus a significant portion of their career on U.S. Department of Defense and national security issues.

At the end of the initial two-year period, DARPA YFA awardees with exceptional technical achievements and leadership will be selected for the highly competitive DARPA Director’s Fellowship that provides additional funding and support for a third year to extend their risk-taking research explorations.

Wang was selected for his Director’s Fellowship by the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office that develops next-generation intelligent microelectronics systems and components. His research focuses on inventing fundamental circuit topologies and system architectures that will lead to a new class of load modulation power amplifiers with an unprecedented combination of bandwidth, energy efficiency, output power, and linearity. These fundamental amplifier topologies will be agnostic to process technologies and will eventually enable true “common-module front-ends” for reconfigurable transmitters and MIMO systems with mm-Wave to THz “full-spectrum access” for wireless communication, radar, imaging, and spectrum sensing applications.

"DARPA has a long history of making pivot investment in breakthrough innovations, not only in game-changing defense capabilities but also foundational technologies for our modern civilian society, such as the internet and miniaturized GPS receivers,” says Wang. “It is a great honor to be recognized by DARPA for my team’s research. Our mission is to invent new circuits and systems by exploring fundamental topologies. When we remove the conventional boundaries between devices, circuits, and electromagnetics, and consider everything holistically, interesting innovations will happen.”

As a member of the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) faculty since 2012, Wang is currently an associate professor and leads the Georgia Tech Electronics and Micro-System (GEMS) Lab. He has received multiple prestigious academic awards, including the ECE Demetrius T. Paris Junior Professorship 2014-2018, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 2017, Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award in 2016, National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015, Roger P. Webb ECE Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award in 2015, and Lockheed Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015, as well as many best paper awards in the field of solid-state circuits, systems, and microwave engineering. Wang is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society for 2018 and 2019.

 

Wang Receives 2020 Qualcomm Faculty Award

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Hua Wang has been selected for the 2020 Qualcomm Faculty Award (QFA) for his contributions to wideband energy-efficient radio-frequency (RF)/mm-Wave circuits and novel wireless transceiver system architectures that have widely impacted the research and development in the commercial sector of the semiconductor industry. 

The QFA supports key professors and their research, with the goal of strengthening Qualcomm’s engagement with faculty who also play a key role in Qualcomm’s recruiting of top graduate students.

There is a rapidly growing need for high-performance RF/mm-Wave front-end circuits and transceiver systems to address the numerous 5G and Beyond 5G wireless communications and sensing applications. Wang's research group has pioneered a variety of novel circuit topologies and system architectures that are agnostic to process technology platforms and can radically improve the bandwidth, energy-efficiency, and robustness of RF/mm-Wave circuits and systems. Wang's research has led to multiple papers in premier venues, including the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) and the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC).

An associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Wang leads the Georgia Tech Electronics and Micro-Systems (GEMS) Lab. His research interests include innovating analog, RF, and mm-Wave integrated circuits and hybrid systems for wireless communications, sensing, and bioelectronics applications.

Wang is also the recipient of the 2020 DARPA Director's Fellowship, 2018 DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2017 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award, and 2015 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He held the Georgia Tech ECE Demetrius T. Paris Professorship from 2014 to 2018. 

Wang has authored or co-authored over 170 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. His GEMS research group has won multiple academic awards and best paper awards, including the 2019 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar, the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium Best Student Paper Awards (2014, 2016, and 2018), the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) Outstanding Student Paper Awards (2015, 2018, and 2019), the IEEE CICC Best Conference Paper Award (2017), the 2016 IEEE Microwave Magazine Best Paper Award, and the IEEE SENSORS Best Live Demo Award (2016).

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