Flexible designs for high-speed wireless systems earn IEEE honors for two grad students

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Feb. 15, 2022

Two graduate students in electrical and computer engineering, Zheng Liu and Hooman Saeidi, have been recognized by IEEE for their work on wireless communications systems.

Liu, a fifth-year Ph.D. student, received a graduate fellowship from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), that organization’s highest honor for graduate students. Saeidi, a sixth-year Ph.D. student, received a predoctoral achievement award from the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS).

Both Liu and Saeidi are advised by Kaushik Sengupta, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Their work focuses on designing the hardware building blocks for intelligent sensing and communication over 5G and 6G wireless networks. They have demonstrated flexible, programmable architectures that simultaneously increase the energy efficiency of high-speed circuits and improve the bandwidth of millimeter-wave systems.

Liu earned a master’s degree from the University of California-Los Angeles in 2015 and received the Department’s Yan Huo *94 graduate scholarship last year. He was also a recipient of the MTT-S best student paper award in both 2020 and 2021. Saeidi earned a bachelor’s degree from Sharif University of Technology, in Tehran, and received the Yan Huo *94 graduate scholarship in 2020. He won the Department’s early career graduate award in 2019.