Mayank Raj was born in Patna, India, in 1987. He received the B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Currently, he is working toward the Ph.D. degree at Caltech. The focus of his current research is high-performance mixed-signal integrated circuits for high-speed and low-power optical and electrical interconnects. He spent the summer of 2012 at Xilinx Inc. working on on-chip noise monitoring circuits. Mr. Raj was the recipient of the 2008 Caltech Atwood Fellowship and 2012 Patent Achievement Award from Xilinx Inc.