ECSE Graduate Students Awarded Analog Devices Inc (ADI) Outstanding Student Designer Award

Posted February 18, 2022
Headshots of Xing Tong and Ahmed Elmenshawi
Xing Tong and Ahmed Elmenshawi
PhD students Xing Tong and Ahmed Elmenshawi were awarded the ADI Outstanding Student Award in 2021 and 2022

Xing Tong and Ahmed Elmenshawi were selected by Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) to receive the 2021 and 2022 Outstanding Student Designer Award, respectively. The award is presented annually by ADI at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Since 1997, this award has recognized excellence in system-level integrated circuit architectures or in analog, mixed-signal, or digital integrated circuit design. Both Tong and Elmenshawi were nominated by ECSE faculty for this honor.

2021 awardee Xing Tong is a 4th year student working on a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He completed his M.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering in May 2021, also at RPI. Tong is currently working with Professor Mona Mostafa Hella in the Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) Center. His research is in mixed signal integrated circuit design.

On his own research, Tong says, “During my research in mixed signal IC design, I have gained extensive experience in the design and testing of optical analog front-end (AFE) such as transimpedance amplifier (TIA), time-domain signal processing circuit such as time-to-digital converter (TDC), and clock recovery circuits such as phase-locked loop (PLL) and delay-locked loop (DLL)."

2022 awardee Ahmed Elmenshawi is a 4th year PhD student in Electrical Engineering. He works with Prof. Mona M. Hella in the High Frequency Integrated Circuits Lab. His major research area is Millimeter-wave/Terahertz integrated circuits design. He interned twice with Analog Devices Inc, in Beaverton, OR in 2019 and 2020.

Elmenshawi’s research in his own words: “The available bandwidth at mmWave/THz frequencies will enable ultra-fast, low-latency communication as required in the 6G technology. In addition, these frequencies open the door to new applications such as THz spectroscopy and THz imaging. However, building such systems proves to be challenging due to the degradation of the transistors’ performance at these frequencies. My research focuses on designing silicon-based integrated circuits for ultra-wideband mmWave/THz signal generation. We are pushing the limits of bandwidth as well as power and efficiency. It’s exciting to take part in this research knowing that it will have a huge impact on our future and how the world will look like in a few years.”

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