Professor Ahn-Vu Pham

Phone:
(530) 752-7472
Email:
Website:
http://www.ece.ucdavis.edu/mml

Education

  • Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 1999
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 1997
  • Bachelor in Electrical Engineer (Highest Honor), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 1995

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California,Davis, 2008-present
  • Chief Technology Officer, Planarmag, Inc., 2008-present
  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2004-2008
  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2002-2004
  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University, 1999-2002
  • Co-founder/Senior Member of Technical Staff, RF Solutions, LLC, 1997-1999
  • Summer Intern, Hewlett-Packard Colorado Spring Technology Center, 06/96-10/96

Affiliation

Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Group

Research Interests

RF IC and transceiver design; RF/Microwave/Millimeter Wave multi-chip organic module and package design; phased-array antennas; wireless sensors.

Research Activities

Professor Pham is conducting research in RF IC design, RF, Micro-, Millimeter wave electronic packaging, phased array antennas, and wireless sensors. In the area of RF IC design, his group is developing understanding and circuit techniques for RF CMOS, wide bandwidth circuits, and linearization methods for power amplifiers. Recent developments include linearized amplifiers and RF building blocks for gigabit wireless and phased array antennas up to 60 GHz. In the area of electronic packaging, his group aims to develop high-performance microwave and millimeter-wave packages and modules in an organic platform to reduce size, weight and cost with increasing functionality. Recently, his group has investigated liquid crystal polymer for the development of a hermetic organic packaging platform to achieve high reliability for both MMICs and RF MEMS. His group is also developing integrated passive components (baluns, hybrid, Wilkinson dividers, etc) in multi-layered organic substrates. Recent developments include front-end modules for gigabit wireless and phased array antennas in the organic platform from X-band (10 GHz) to V-band (60 GHz). In the wireless sensor, his group is developing passive (zero power consumption) and disposable sensor nodes that can be used in a wireless sensing system. The wireless sensing platform can be used for bio, chemical, and mechanical-sensor applications.

Distinctions

  • IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award, 2008
  • IEEE International Microwave Symposium Student Paper Finalist, Student: K. Aihara and Advisor: A. Pham, 2006
  • Chair of IEEE International Microwave Symposium Technical Program Committee on Power Amplifier Devices and Integrated Circuits, 2008-present
  • Chair of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Technical Committee on Microwave and Millimeter Wave Packaging MTT-12, 2003-2006
  • IEEE Senior Member (2003)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2002-2007
  • Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence (2002)
  • IEEE International Microwave Symposium Student Paper Finalist, Student: S. Chopra and Advisor: A. Pham, 2002

Selected Publications

  • K. Aihara and A. Pham, "Development of thin-film liquid crystal polymer surface mount packages for Ka-band applications," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 56, Issue 7, July 2008.
  • A. C. Chen, A. Pham, and R. E. Leoni, III, "Development of low-loss, broadband planar baluns using multilayered organic thin-films," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 53, Issue11, pp. 3648-3655, Nov. 2005.
  • M. J. Chen, A. Pham, N. A. Evers, C. Kapusta, J. Iannotti, W. Kornrumpf, J. Maciel, N. Karabudak, "Design and Development of a package using LCP for RF/Microwave MEMS switches," IEEE Transaction on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 54, Issue 11, pp.4009-4015, Nov. 2006.
  • C. Lu, A. Pham, M. Shaw, and C. Saint, "Development of CMOS broadband power amplifiers through combined multigated transistors and capacitance compensation," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 55, Issue 11, pp. 2320-2328, November 2007.
  • A. Keerti and A.-V Pham, "RF characterization of SiGe HBT power amplifiers under load mismatch," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 55, Issue 2, pp. 207–214, February 2007.
  • S. Chopra, A. Pham, J. Gaillard, A. Parker, and A. M. Rao, "Carbon-nanotube-based resonant-circuit sensor for ammonia," Applied Physics Letters, vol. 80, no. 24, p. 4632, June 2002.