Payam Heydari received his B.S. and M.S. degrees (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 2001. He is currently a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine.
During the summer of 1997, he was with Bell-labs, Lucent Technologies where he worked on noise analysis in high-speed CMOS integrated circuits. He worked at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center on gradient-based optimization and sensitivity analysis of custom analog/RF ICs during the summer of 1998. His research covers the design of terahertz/millimeter-wave/RF and analog integrated circuits. He is the (co)-author of two books, one book chapter, and more than 150 journal and conference papers. He has given Keynote Speech to IEEE GlobalSIP 2013 Symposium on Millimeter Wave Imaging and Communications, served as Invited Distinguished Speaker to the 2014 IEEE Midwest Symp. on Circuits and Systems, and gave a Tutorial at the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). He has served as Distinguished Lecturer of both the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) (2014-2016) and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) (2019-2022).
Dr. Heydari was selected as the inaugural Faculty Innovation Fellow by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Beall Applied Innovation. He was the recipient of the 2016-2017 UCI School of Engineering Mid-Career Excellence in Research, the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from Orange County Engineering Council, the 2009 Business Plan Competition First Place Prize Award and Best Concept Paper Award both from Paul Merage School of Business at UC-Irvine, the 2010 Faculty of the Year Award from UC-Irvine’s Engineering Student Council (ECS), the 2009 School of Engineering Fariborz Maseeh Best Faculty Research Award, the 2007 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Guillemin-Cauer Award, the 2005 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Award, the 2005 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the 2005 Henry Samueli School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, the Best Paper Award at the 2000 IEEE Int’l Conference on Computer Design (ICCD), and the 2001 Technical Excellence Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH). He was recognized as the 2004 Outstanding Faculty in the EECS Department of the University of California, Irvine. His research on novel low-power multi-purpose multi-antenna RF front-ends received the Low-Power Design Contest Award at the 2008 IEEE Int’l Symposium on Low-Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED). The Office of Technology Alliances at UCI has named Dr. Heydari one of 10 Outstanding Innovators at the university.
Dr. Heydari is both an Associate Editor and a Guest Editor of IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters (SSC-L). He is a member Technical Program Committee of IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, IEEE European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC), and the 2020 International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2020). Dr. Heydari is currently a member of AdCom for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. Formerly, Dr. Heydari was a member of International Technical Program Committee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) (2014-2019). He also served as the Guest Editor of IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), and Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems - I, and served on the Technical Program Committees of Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (CSICS), Int’l Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), IEEE Design and Test in Europe (DATE) and International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD). He is the director of the Nanoscale Communication IC (NCIC) Labs.
He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to silicon-based millimeter-wave integrated circuits and systems.
- Faculty Innovation Fellow, University of California, Irvine (UCI) Beall Applied Innovation, 2020 - 2021
- IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S)
- IEEE Fellow for contributions to silicon-based millimeter-wave integrated circuits and systems
- School of Engineering Mid-Career Award of Excellence in Research, 2017
- Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, Orange County Engineering Council, 2014
- IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS)
- Outstanding Innovator, Office of Technology Alliance, UC-Irvine, 2011
- Faculty of the Year Award, UC-Irvine’s Engineering Student Council, 2010
- School of Engineering Best Faculty Research Award, 2009
- First Place Winner of Business Plan Competition, Paul Merage School of Business at UC-Irvine, 2009
- Best Concept Paper Award, Paul Merage School of Business at UC-Irvine, 2009
- Selected as one of the 16 Finalists for Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and Cisco Global Business Plan Competition, 2009
- Low-Power Design Contest Award, IEEE Int’l Symposium on Low-Power Electronics and Design, 2008 (with Ph.D. students Fred Tzeng and Amin Jahanian.)
- IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award, 2007, for the journal paper “Model-Order Reduction Using Variational Balanced Truncation with Spectral Shaping,” IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems - I, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 879-891, April 2006.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2005
- IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Best Paper Award, 2005, for the journal paper “Analysis of the PLL Jitter Due to Power/Ground and Substrate Noise,” IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems - I, vol. 51, no. 12, pp. 2404-2416, Dec. 2004
- Teaching Excellence Award, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, 2005
- IEEE Faculty Advisor, IEEE Chapter of Orange County, 2004
- Technical Excellence Award, Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage, 2001
- Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD), 2000
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