USC Research Labs Tour
Are you fascinated by the wireless technology and you want to understand what is happening in the microcircuits inside your cellphone, modems, and Bluetooth devices? Do you want to learn about the advanced medical applications of radio waves? Are you interested in observing firsthand how electrical engineers and scientists in academia design, implement, and test microelectronic chips?
You are a space enthusiastic and you want to learn about the NASA's plan to build structures on the Moon and Mars? And you are curious about the 3-D printing technology and how it can create small objects with high precision or build houses in less than 24 hours?
If your answer is yes you should not miss this unique opportunity to visit these two cutting-edge laboratories at the University of Southern California; the Electrical and Optical Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory, directed by Professor Hossein Hashemi, and the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technology (CRAFT), directed by Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis.
This research tour is free and open to the public but RSVP is required since a limited number of visitors can be admitted in each lab.
Dr. Hossein Hashemi is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow, and the co-director of the Ming Hsieh Institute and the Ultimate Radio Laboratory (UltRa-Lab) at the University of Southern California. His research interests include analog, mixed-signal, and radio-frequency integrated circuits; electro-optical integrated systems; and implantable integrated solutions. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronics Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He cofounded Abtum Inc. that focuses on wireless communication solutions.
Dr. Hashemi currently serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid state Circuits (2013 – present) and a Technical Program Committee member of the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium (2011 – present). He was as an IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecturer (2013-2014), the Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (Oct & Dec 2013), on the Technical Program Committee Member of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) (2011 – 2015) and the IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Symposium (CSICS) (2012 – 2014), an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems—Part I: Regular Papers (2006–2007), and an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems—Part II: Express Briefs (2004–2005).
He was the recipient of the 2008 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award, the 2008 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the 2008 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award, and the 2015 Outstanding Young Engineer Award of the IEEE Microwave Society and Techniques Society (MTT-S). He was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar for the Outstanding Achievement in Advancement of Engineering by the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage in 2011. He was a co-recipient of the 2004 IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits Best Paper Award for “A Fully-Integrated 24 GHz 8-Element Phased-Array Receiver in Silicon” and the 2007 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper for “A Fully Integrated 24 GHz 4-Channel Phased-Array Transceiver in 0.13um CMOS based on a Variable Phase Ring Oscillator and PLL Architecture”. He is the co-editor of the book “Millimeter-Wave Silicon Technology: 60 GHz and Beyond” published by Springer in 2008, and “mm-Wave Silicon Power Amplifiers and Transmitters” published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.
Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis is a Dean’s Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Astronautics Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering and is the Director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT). An inductee of the National Academy of Inventors, he is active in robotics, and mechatronics related research and development projects that include the development of three novel Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) processes called Contour Crafting, and SIS family of 3D Printing technologies as well as development of mechatronics systems for biomedical applications (e.g., digital restorative dentistry and orthodontics, rehabilitation engineering, and tactile sensing devices), autonomous mobile and modular robots for fabrication and assembly applications on Earth, in space and on other planets, planetary construction of human settlements, and energy systems including wind energy and energy storage technologies and automated production equipment for oil (petroleum) and gas industries. He has several major inventions which have been either commercialized or are in the commercialization process. His educational activities at USC include the teaching of a graduate course on Invention and Technology Development. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on the subjects of creativity and invention. He is a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Fellow, a Fellow member of the Society for Computer Simulation, and a Fellow member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. His inventions have received extensive worldwide publicity in acclaimed media such as New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Der Spiegel, New Scientist, and numerous national and international television and radio networks.
In 2014 Contour Crafting received the Grand Prize among 1000+ globally competing technologies in the Create the Future Design Contest which was organized by the NASA TechBriefs Group. Contour Crafting was earlier selected as one of the top 25 out of more than 4000 candidate inventions by the History Channel Modern Marvels program and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame; and has been identified as one of the major disruptive technologies of our time.