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.

Li Honored with IEEE Best Paper Award

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Geoffrey Ye Li has been named the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Donald G. Fink Overview Paper Award, which is given by the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

This award recognizes a journal article that has had substantial impact over several years on a subject related to the Society’s technical scope. Li will be presented with this award at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), to be held April 15-20 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The title of the award-winning paper is “An Overview of Massive MIMO: Benefits and Challenges,” published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, volume 8, number 5 in October 2014. Massive MIMO wireless communications have attracted much attention for their potential to tremendously improve spectral and energy efficiency of networks using relatively simple processing. Techniques related to massive MIMO have been extensively investigated. As one of the first comprehensive surveys on massive MIMO, this overview article has served as an excellent reference and a starting point for readers interested in massive MIMO topics in the past several years. 

Li is a professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and has been on the faculty since 2000. His coauthors are Lu Lu, a Ph.D. graduate of Li’s research group–the Information Transmission and Processing Laboratory–and who now works with Intel in Portland, Oregon; A. Lee Swindlehurst, a professor in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine; Alexei Ashikhmin, distinguished member of the technical staff of Bell Labs in New Jersey; and Rui Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of ECE at the National University of Singapore.

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.

Zajic Selected for IEEE Atlanta Section Outstanding Engineer Award

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Alenka Zajic has been selected for the IEEE Atlanta Section Outstanding Engineer Award. An associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Zajic will be presented with this award on April 18 at the IEEE Atlanta Section Banquet. 

Zajic was chosen for this honor for her sustained technical contributions to wireless chip-to-chip communications and electromagnetic compatibility. She joined the ECE faculty in 2012 and leads the Electromagnetic Measurements in Communications and Computing Group. 

Zajic’s research is focused on studying propagation in challenging environments such as vehicle-to-vehicle wireless radio communications, underwater acoustic communications, and inside-a-processor-chip communications. Also a highly regarded teacher, she was chosen as the Richard M. Bass/Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Junior Teacher Award, an honor determined by a majority vote of the ECE senior class. 

Zajic has served as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and as an executive editor for Wiley’s Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies. From 2015-2017, she served as chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society/Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. In 2016, under her leadership, the Atlanta Chapter of IEEE AP-S/MTT-S received an Outstanding Chapter Award.

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