ECE Board of Advisors

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Brian G. Agee, 1989
B3 Advanced Communication Systems

Brian G. Agee has 41 years of experience in design and implementation of adaptive systems, and techniques for communication, collection/analysis, and geolocation missions, with particular emphasis on systems operating under strong interference. He is a pioneer in the development of methods and algorithms for blind copy, copy-aided geo-observables estimation, and geolocation of structured signals operating under heavy interference, and in development of MIMO links and networks for defense and commercial communications.
Dr. Agee is currently the President of B3 Advanced Communication Systems, which he is using to develop and commercialize systems and techniques for interference resistant/excising secure communication for 5G communications and the Internet of Things, jamming/spoofing resistant pointing, navigation and timing (PNT), and unsupervised learning methods based on blind signal separation methods. He has 32 granted and 6 pending US patents and over 180 technical papers and reports covering all of these areas. He received his BS, MS and Ph.D. (1989) degrees from UC Davis.

 


Jin Bains,1994
Facebook, Inc.

 

As the Head of the Connectivity Lab, Space & Cellular Team, Jin oversees and directs key aspects of Facebook’s efforts to increase access to affordable connectivity across the globe, including the use of terrestrial, low-altitude, and satellite systems. Before joining Facebook, Jin spent over ten years at National Instruments, where he served as the Vice President of R&D, RF and Wireless Products, managing a global R&D organization of engineers and driving innovation with internal experts and key outside partners. Jin began his career as an RF Engineer and R&D manager for Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies.
Jin holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis and Stanford, respectively.

 

 


Jeffrey Bokor
University of California – Berkeley

Jeffrey Bokor is the Paul R. Gray Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at UC Berkeley, with a joint appointment as Senior Scientist in the Materials Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He also serves as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Division in the EECS Department. Prof. Bokor received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1976 and 1980, respectively. From 1980 to 1993, he was at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he did research on a variety of topics in laser science, advanced lithography for integrated circuits, as well as semiconductor physics and technology, and held several management positions. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1993. His current research activities include nanomagnetics/spintronics, graphene electronics, nanophotonics, and nano-electromechanical systems. He is a fellow of IEEE, APS, AAAS and OSA.

 


Achyut Dutta
Banpil Photonics, Inc.

Achyut Dutta is CEO of Banpil Photonics, a technology company, located in Silicon Valley and responsible for technology direction including company’s R&D activities on smart image sensor, optical detectors, energy harvesting devices, smart vision system, and optoelectronics interconnection for military and commercial applications. He has been extensively involved in various optical components and subsystems for 25+ years. Previously, he was with Fujitsu as Sr. Manager responsible for developing optical detectors, lasers, and optical subsystems for communications. Under his direction, his group successfully transferred these technologies to manufacturing, which generated $500M+ of revenues in 2000. Previous to that, he was with NEC Central Research Lab in Japan, as Sr. Research Scientist, developing planar light wave circuit on Silicon substrate. From his work, he has 100+ patents, 100+ technical papers, and edited three books (WDM series in Academic Press).
Dr. Dutta received his BS degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Ph.D. degree from Shizuoka Universty, Japan in 1991. He is a fellow of SPIE, senior member of OSA, and senior member of IEEE.

 


Pirooz Hojabri, 1983
Tektronix, Inc.

Pirooz Hojabri has been involved in technology development for past 25 years with a focus in adaptive algorithm, low latency DSP (FPGA/ASIC), RF, AFEs, timing and ADC&DAC ASICs. He has spent the last 7 years as Director of Advance Development and ASIC Design at Tektronix. Here, he is responsible for: Real time DSP and algorithm in HW(ASIC) to reduce latency and improve performance, SOC ASIC with integrated RF and ADC in low geometry CMOS to reduce power/cost with combined AFE capable of 100GS/s at 12 bit, and Factory 4.0, Big Data, AI (Edge devices), M2M, IOT and cloud based services.
In the last 16 years, Hojabri has co-founded startups in wired and wireless physical layers with emphasis in ADC, DAC, real time DSP, CDR, and adaptive algorithm (Ethernet, CDMA, and Wi-Fi). These all involved IEEE standard participation and product/technology development. He has nine years of circuit design experience in ADC, DACs, PLLS, and DSP with an emphasis of knowledge in national semiconductor and micro-power systems. Throughout his career, he has garnered 7 patents, the Tektronix President Award (2013), and the Tektronix Technical Excellence Award (2015). Hojabri received his BS in Electrical Engineering (Signal processing) from UC Davis in 1983, and his MS in ASIC/Circuit design in the presence of noise from the University of Arizona in 1985, respectively.


Andy Hulse, 1991
Viavi Solutions, Inc.

Andrew Hulse received his MSEE from UC Davis in 1991. He joined Optical Coating Laboratory in 1995, and has held various positions in the design, development and manufacture of thin-film optics, fiber optic telecommunications, lasers and spectroscopy at Optical Coating Laboratory, JDS Uniphase, II-VI Optical Systems and Viavi Solutions Inc.  He is currently Principal Product Engineer at Viavi Solutions, Incorporated and holds more than 15 patents.

 

 

 

 


Jack Kotovsky, 2005
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Jack Kotovsky is an engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the leader of the Micro and Nano-Technology Section.  He is a researcher and inventor of mechanical, optical and electronic devices for biomechanical research (rehabilitative, orthopedic and brain injury) and assessing the aging of the nation’s nuclear weapon stockpile.  To aid this effort, he creates MEMS sensors and micro-scale optical devices to measure physical effects and chemical species in varied systems.  His projects span high-power laser diode cooling, fingerprinting and tamper proofing nuclear weapon inventories for international treaty control, thermal safety systems for Lithium ion battery packs and traumatic brain injury instrumentation and research.
Dr. Kotovsky as worked at LLNL for 15 years and earned a mechanical engineering Ph.D. from UC Davis in 2005, a business degree from Le Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris in 1993 and mechanical engineering B.S. and M.S. degrees from M.I.T. in 1990 and 1992.  He holds 14 patents and strives to transition his inventions to broad government and commercial use.


Peter (Yu) Kou, 2001
eTopus Technology

Peter (Yu) Kou serves as the CTO of eTopus Technology. eTopus pioneers in high speed, 56Gbps and 112bps, PAM4 DSP SERDES technology for data center, optical transceivers, etc. Prior to eTopus, he was distinguished engineer in LSI Corp, served as chief HDD read channel strategist. He led a special task force in charge of reach channel architecture. Prior to LSI, he was with Link-A-Media Devices, a startup company that first productized LDPC codes in magnetic recording application. Link-A-Media was acquired by SK-Hynix in 2012 for its LDPC technology. He served as senior director at Link-A-Media at time of acquisition.
Dr. Kou received the B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, the M.S. degree from Chinese Academy of Science, the Ph.D. degree, from University of California, Davis, all in electrical engineering , in 1995, 1998 and 2001, respectively.

 


Cathy Ye Liu
Broadcom, Inc.

Cathy Ye Liu, the R&D director, currently heads up Broadcom high speed SerDes architecture and modeling group. Previously she worked as R&D director and distinguished engineer in Avago/LSI which acquired Broadcom in 2016. Since 2002, she has been working on high speed transceiver solutions. Previously she has developed read channel and mobile digital TV receiver solutions. Her technical interests are signal processing, FEC, and modeling in high-speed optical and electrical transceiver solutions. She has published many journal and conference papers and holds 20+ US patents. Cathy has demonstrated her leadership roles in industry standard bodies and forums. Currently she serves as a member of the board director of Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the co-chair of the DesignCon technical track of high speed signal processing, equalization and coding.
Dr. Liu received her B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 1995 and received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Hawaii in 1997 and 1999, respectively.

 


Erica Messinger
Keysight Technologies

Erica Messinger leads a continuous process improvement program office in the Technical Order Fulfillment organization of Keysight Technologies. She had most recently created Keysight’s worldwide university program driving synergies across the company’s numerous touchpoints with universities. During this time, she was extremely active with both the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association and the American Society for Engineering Education. In her nearly 20 years with Keysight/Agilent/Hewlett Packard, she has held various roles in program-management, sales channel leadership, business development, and technical marketing in the electronics test and measurement industry and has traveled the globe.
Erica has a BSEE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. She has a passion and long history supporting women in engineering, representing her company to the Society of Women Engineers and leading a corporate enterprise program focused on inclusion. She is based out of Loveland, Colorado.


John Parry
Texas Instruments, Inc.

John Parry holds a EE degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign. He started in the industry designing amplifiers at the Burr-Brown Corporation in Tucson, Arizona. Moving to California, he joined Silicon Systems to design analog blocks for automotive ICs. In 1995, he and three other engineers started a small Design Center for National Semiconductor in Grass Valley, California. The Grass Valley team focused on DC/DC converters for mobile applications, and their breakthrough products were the first white LED drivers for smartphones. John has managed the Design Center since 2001, hiring several Analog Designers from UC Davis. Now a part of Texas Instruments, the team still designs display lighting and camera flash drivers for the leading smartphone companies.

 

 


Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed
Founding Director, Wireless @ Virginia Tech

Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed is the founder of Wireless @ Virginia Tech, and served as its Director until 2014.He is the Founding Faculty member of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology and served as its interim Director when founded in 2010.  His book, Software Radio: A Modern Approach to Radio Design was published by Prentice Hall and his latest textbook Cellular Communications: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide was published by Wiley-IEEE in 2014.  He is co-founder of Cognitive Radio Technologies (CRT), a company commercializing of the cognitive radio technologies; Allied Communications, a company developing spectrum sharing technologies; and for PFP Cybersecurity, a company specializing in security for embedded systems.  In 2005, Dr. Reed became Fellow to the IEEE for contributions to software radio and communications signal processing and for leadership in engineering education. In 2013 he was awarded the International Achievement Award by the Wireless Innovations Forum.  In 2012 he served on the President’s Council of Advisors of Science and Technology advisory group that examine ways to transition federal spectrum for commercial use.  Dr. Reed is a past member CSMAC a group that provides advice to the NTIA on spectrum issues.

 


Ying Tai, 2006
Micron Technology, Inc.

Dr. Ying Tai is a Senior Director of 3DXP Engineering at Micron Technology, where he is leading the innovation effort in latest hardware and software architectures for non-volatile memory (NVM) based memory and storage systems. Prior to Micron, he had held several senior leadership and technical positions within the diverse sectors of data storage and communications industry at such firms as VIA Technologies, SanDisk Corporation, Cadence Design Systems, Boeing Satellite Systems, and Ikanos Communications.
Dr. Tai is a senior member of IEEE and a recipient of IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed technical conference and journal papers. In addition, he holds more than 70 granted or pending U.S. and international patents. He earned his M.S. and bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University and National Sun Yat-Sen University, respectively. Dr. Tai received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of California, Davis in 2006.

 


Chuc K Thanh, 1996
Intel Corporation.

Chuc Thank received her BS and MS in the ECE Department at UC Davis in 1990 and 1996, respectively. She joined Level One Communication in 1996 as an analog design engineer. She became an Intel employee in January 2000.
Her current title is Senior Staff Analog Design Engineer.  She has a broad analog circuit design experience including the design of Oversampled and Nyquist ADCs, phase-locked-loops, thermal sensors, transmitter and receiver of high speed IO interfaces such as GDDR5, Rlink OPIOs, and DDRs for process technologies extending down to 10nm. Together with her colleagues and professors, she has published 8 conference papers and US patents.

 

 


Babak Taheri, 1994
Silvaco, Inc.

Babak Taheri is currently the CTO and EVP of products at Silvaco, a leading EDA Software Company. Previously, he was the CEO / president of IBT working with investors, private equity firms, and startups on M&A, technology, and business diligence. While at IBT, he served on advisory boards of MEMS World Summit, Novasentis, AGCM, ALEA labs, Lion Point Capital, and Silver Lake.  Prior to IBT, he was the VP & GM of the sensor solutions division at Freescale semiconductor (now NXP). He also held VP/GM roles at Cypress Semiconductors, Invensense (now TDK) and key roles at SRI International and Apple.
Babak was the recipient of ”the perfect project award” in 2013 while at Cypress; Twice recipient of the “Diamond Chip Award”  in 2013 /14 while at Freescale; recipient of the MEMS & Sensors executive of the year award in 2014, and in 2015 was  the recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal  from UC. Davis College of Engineering, where he is on the advisory board to the college.
Dr. Taheri received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from UC Davis with majors in EECS and Neurosciences, has over 20 published articles and holds 28 issued patents.