Professor Raj Amirtharajah


Rajeevan Amirtharajah received the S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in 1994,and the Ph.D. degree in 1999, all in electrical engineering from theMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. His doctoralwork developed micropower DSP systems which scavenge energy frommechanical vibrations in their environment and use that energy toprocess information provided by embedded and wearable sensors. From1999 to 2002, as a senior member of the technical staff at High SpeedSolutions Corp., Hudson, MA, later a subsidiary of Intel Corporation,he helped create innovative high performance multidrop bustechnologies using electromagnetic coupling and pulse-based modulatedsignaling. He worked as an ASIC and mixed-signal circuit designconsultant at SMaL Camera Technologies, Cambridge, MA, in 2003.In July 2003, he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineeringdepartment at the University of California, Davis, where he iscurrently an associate professor. His research interests include lowpower VLSI design for sensor applications, powering systems fromambient energy sources, and high performance circuit and interconnectdesign. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in2006. He is an inventor on over twenty United States patents and is amember of IEEE, AAAS, and Sigma Xi. In the 2012-2013 academic year,he was a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center.

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Graduate Students


Andrew Chang

Andrew Chang graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a Technology Business Minor with high honors in Fall 2006 and is now pursuing a masters in the Electrical engineering. His academic interest span from microprocessor architecutres, analog circuits, device modeling and programming. His current research focuses on how to effectively model piezoelectric material used for energy scavenging. communications.


Matthew Dayton

Matthew Dayton
Matthew Dayton graduated from Imperial College London in 2009 with a B.S. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. During his tenure, he co-founded a student led initiative called e.quinox to bring renewable energy technologies to the developing world. Currently, he is pursuing an Msc. in Electronic Engineering at the University of California, Davis. His research interests include energy harvesting methods, their associated circuitry, and autonomous sensors. Matthew is a member of the IET and IEEE.


Erin Fong

Erin G. Fong obtained her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2007 from the University of California at Davis, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. Her interests include energy scavenging, mixed signal circuits, and biomedical applications.


Kimiya Hajkazemshirazi

Kimiya Hajkazemshirazi graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007, with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Near Eastern Studies. She is now pursuing her M.S. in Electrical Engineering and her research focuses on power management of memory systems.


Stanley Hsu

Stanley Hsu graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. From January to September of 2007, he worked for Cisco in Milpitas designing high speed router systems. Currently he is pursuing his Ph.D. in the area of low power and energy efficient circuit design.


Travis Kleeburg

Travis Kleeburg received a B.S. degree with high honors in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis in June 2006. He stayed at Davis to pursue his research interests and in late 2009 he received an M.S. degree and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy. His research interests include high efficiency A-D circuit design, free space optical communications and system designs which incorporate energy harvesting transducers. Past works include the development of an automated testing environment for A-D converters and integrated PV cell measurements in 0.35um and 90nm technologies. His current research projects include a calibration schemes which minimize the effects of variation accentuated by low supply voltages and an optically powered subdermal bio-sensor.

Frank Maker

Frank Maker graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2005 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering, B.A. in German and minor in Physics. From 2005 to 2007 he worked for Motorola Automotive in Deer Park,IL as an embedded software engineer. Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Davis. His research interests focus on the interaction of hardware and software, specifically: Low power embedded software, energy harvesting systems and location based services. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.


Hai Pham

Hai Pham graduated from University of California, Davis in 2007 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He will be interning at Cisco in the summer of 2009 till the end of fall 2009. He will be attaining both a Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UC Davis in 2009. Additionally, he will continue his research towards his PhD in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of California, Davis in 2010 with the support of a GAANN Felowship. His research focus is on low power microelectronics energy harvesting devices. He is a member of IEEE and Phi Theta Kappa.


Mackenzie Scott

Mackenzie Scott graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2004 with a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering with honors. Currently he is pursuing his master's degree in ECE where his research interests span all stages and aspects of low power digital and computer system design.


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Allen Tang


Allen Tang obtained a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis in 2008 and is now pursuing a M.S. in the same field. His current research project is on full wave rectifier with 90nm technology.

Justin Wenck

Justin Wenck graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2004 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. From July to December of 2002, he worked on high speed digital boards for Teradyne Inc. in Agoura Hills, CA. His research focus is on low power circuits and architectures.



Undergraduate Students


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Brian Zimmer

Brian Zimmer is currently an undergraduate Electrical Engineering major at UC Davis and will graduate in June 2010. He runs a web development company during the summer and studied abroad in Singapore for a semester in Fall 2008. After getting his B.S., he plans to pursue either a masters degree or PhD in EE.



Alumni


Zulfi Ansari

Zulfiqar Ali Ansari received his undergraduate education from the University of California, Davis in computer engineering in June 2003. He completed his M.S degree in electrical and computer engineering in Spring 2005. His thesis work focused on an energy scalable reconfigurable logic block with distributed arithmetic. He is working at Teradyne in Agoura Hills, CA.

Albert Chen

Albert Chen graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2000, with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He joined Sun Microsystems from June 2000 to July 2003, working within the System Technology Group. While there, he worked on high speed signaling and design, from system level to circuit implementation. His main research is in high-speed I/O with other interests in low-power communications. He graduated with an M.B.A from the University of California at Davis in 2006 and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of California at Davis in 2008. He is currently working as a Field Applications Engineer for Amphenol.

Tommy Cheuk

Tommy Cheuk graduated from UC Davis in 2007 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and is now pursuing a M.S. in Electrical Engineering. His current research project is on impedance matching network calibration.


Jamie Collier

Jamie Collier graduated from Case Western Reserve University in May 2003 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. She completed her M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering in Spring 2005. Her thesis work focused on memory and low-swing interconnect for energy harvesting circuit applications. She is working at Cadence Design Systems in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Nathaniel Guilar

Nathaniel J. Guilar received his B.S. degree from Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, in 2002. In 2005 he received his M.S. degree from University of California at Davis. His doctoral research included work on nonlinear mixed-signal control systems, energy scavenging devices and analog circuit design. After receiving his PhD in 2008, Dr. Guilar joined Agilent Labs in Santa Clara, CA.

Liping Guo

Liping Guo graduated from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, in 1996 with a B.S. in chemistry. In August 2003, she obtained her master's degree in computer engineering from San Jose State University. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in electrical and computer engineering. Her research is in domain-specific energy-scalable reconfigurable arrays of processors based on distributed arithmetic algorithms targeting biomedical DSP applications.

Nicolas Huynh

Nicolas Huynh graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Electrical and Electrical Engineering with honors in Spring 2006 and is now working at Oracle.

Jeffrey Loo

Jeffrey Loo graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005 with a B.S. (with Honors) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He worked for National Semiconductor and Dust Networks in the summers of 2004 and 2005, respectively. His current research interests involve low-power mixed signal circuits.

Michael Rush

Michael Rush graduated from UC Davis in 2006 with a B.S. in electrical engineering and is now pursuing a M.S. in electrical and computer engineering. His research project revolves around low power board level digital system design. He has a soft spot for PCBs and Indian food.

Jeff Siebert

Jeff Siebert graduated from Case Western Reserve University in May 2003 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He completed his M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering at UC Davis in Spring 2005. His thesis work focused on pipelined datapaths for ac power supplies. He is working at Avago Technologies in St. Paul, MN.

Michael Siegenthaler

Michael Siegenthaler is working towards his B.S. in electrical engineering and will graduate in June 2006. He is helping out with Verilog code for mixed signal simulations.

Bicky Zhou

Bicky Zhou obtained her B.S. degree in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science from the University of California, Davis. She completed her M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering at UC Davis in the fall of 2004. Her thesis work included energy scalable reconfigurable logic for signal processing applications. She is working at Intel in Santa Clara, CA.