Hossein Jalili wins Allen G. Marr Prize Distinguished Dissertation Award

Professor Momeni and Hossein Jalili
Professor Momeni and Hossein Jalili

Please join us in congratulating Hossein Jalili as the winner of the 2019 Allen G. Marr Prize Distinguished Dissertation Award. Hossein obtained his PhD in electrical engineering in the ECE department under the supervision of Professor Momeni in 2019, and is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in the same group at UC Davis.

The Allen G. Marr Prize was established in honor of Allen G. (Jerry) Marr's 20 year contribution as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and his commitment to the highest standards of scholarship and professional ethics. The annual prize is awarded by the UC Davis Graduate Studies to a doctoral student (past or present) in honor of his/her excellent dissertation work. The winner is also nominated by UC Davis for the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, another prize that is based on exceptional dissertation work.

Hossein’s dissertation, titled “Standing Wave Integrated Circuits for Power Generation, Radiation and Beam Steering at Millimeter Wave and Terahertz Spectrum” focuses on implementation of Millimeter Wave (mm-wave) and Terahertz (THz) integrated circuits in silicon technology. The enormous potentials of mm-wave and THz frequency spectrum have sparked significant interest in breaking into this new frontier of technology. High-speed communication, imaging, spectroscopy and radar are just a few examples among many possible applications. Realization of integrated mm-wave/THz systems in low-cost and reliable silicon processes can be a technological milestone, paving the way for tremendous opportunities both in high-tech market and academic research. During his research, Hossein implemented several prototype circuits with record state-of-the-art performances and his works were presented and published in the flagship conferences and prominent technical journals of microwave and solid-state circuits research communities. His contributions were recognized by multiple academic awards including the 2019 IEEE Solid-Sate Circuits Society (SSCS) Predoctoral Achievement Award, the 2018 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Fellowship Award and the 2018-2019 Richard and Joy Dorf Graduate Student Award.