Dr. Babakhani is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rice University and the Director of the Rice Integrated Systems and Circuits Laboratory. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2003, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Dr. Babakhani was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech in 2009 and a research scientist at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in 2010.
Dr. Babakhani won a prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) in 2012. He received the Caltech Electrical Engineering Department’s Charles Wilts Best Ph.D. Thesis Prize for his work on Near-Field Direct Antenna Modulation (NFDAM). From 2006 to 2008 he was the Vice Chair of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Metro LA/SFV Joint Sections MTT-S Chapter 17.1. He was the recipient of the Microwave Graduate Fellowship in 2007, the Grand Prize in the Stanford-Berkeley-Caltech Innovators Challenge in 2006, Analog Devices Inc. Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2005, as well as Caltech Special Institute Fellowship and Atwood Fellowship in 2003. He was also the Gold Medal winner of the National Physics Competition in 1998, and the Gold Medal winner of the 30th International Physics Olympiad in 1999, in Padova, Italy.
Charles Chen obtained his BSEE from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 and the MSEE from Purdue University in 2008. From 2008-2010 he worked as a design engineer for Schlumberger in Sugar Land. Since 2011 he has been working towards the PhD degree at Rice University under the supervision of Professor Babakhani. His research focuses on mm-wave circuits and antennas.
M. Mahdi Assefzadeh received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2011. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at Rice University. Mr. Assefzadeh was the recipient of the Texas Instruments Distinguished Fellowship in 2012 and the Michael and Katherine Birck Fellowship at Purdue University in 2011. He was also the Gold medal winner of the National Physics Competition in 2006 and the Gold Medal winner of the 38th International Physics Olympiad in 2007.
Himanshu is a doctoral scholar at Rice University under the mentorship of Dr. Aydin Babakhani. He did his undergrad from Indian Institute of Technology in 2012. His current research interest is in designing high-speed ADCs and pulse based communication/imaging systems. He is also actively involved in exploring new architecture for existing circuits and systems.
Yuxiang Sun received the B.S. degree in EECS(Institute of Microelectronics) from Peking University, Beijing, China, in 2013. Currently, he is working towards Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Aydin Babakhani. His research focuses on mm-wave integrated circuit and system.
Babak Jamali received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2013. He has joined Rice Integrated Systems and Circuits Laboratory in the same year and is now working toward M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Rice University. His research interests include mm-wave integrated circuit design for novel applications in radars and high-speed wireless communications.
Peiyu Chen obtained his B.S. degree in the Department of Optical Engineering at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2012. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree of electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, Houston, TX. His research is mainly focused on mm-Wave IC and optical transceiver IC in silicon.