"Integrated Microsystems for Communication and Sensing Applications"

Mina Rais-Zadeh, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science University of Michigan

November 9th (Friday), 10:30am
Harold Frank Hall, Room 4164 (ECE Conference Room)

In the recent past, there has been growing interest in reconfigurable or software defined radios. One of the critical requirements of a software defined radio is to have the ability to reconfigure the RF front-end. RF MEMS capacitors, inductors, and tunable filters serve this need and can offer a wide tuning range while consuming very small power. In the first part of this talk, I will present the design and characterization of some high-performance reconfigurable RF modules and explain the challenges with implementing tunable components, specifically at the UHF range. In the second part of the talk, I will go over the design of acoustic filters, resonators and resonant sensors, and discuss the application of these devices and systems in timing and navigation units, night vision, and infrared sensing. I will explain the need for high-Q devices and discuss the physical phenomena that limit the performance and scaling of RF MEMS.

About Mina Rais-Zadeh:

photo of mina rais-zadeh Professor Mina Rais-Zadeh received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees both in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. From August 2008 to 2009, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Integrated MEMS Group, Georgia Institute of Technology. Since January 2009, she has been with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Mina is the recipient of NASA Early Career Faculty Award (2012), NSF CAREER Award (2011), IEEE Electron Device Society Early Career Award (2011), and the finalist in student paper competitions at the SiRF (2007) and IMS (2011) conferences. She is a senior member of IEEE and serves as a member of the technical program committee of IEEE IEDM, IEEE Sensors, and Hilton Head workshop. She is the leader of the “High Frequency MEMS” Thrust of the Center on Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2) at the University of Michigan.

Hosted by: Professor Kaustav Banerjee, ECE Department