Molnar Group with Alumni, ISSCC 2023
Dr. Alyosha “Al” Molnar is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. He received his B.S. in engineering from Swarthmore College in 1997. After spending a season as a deckhand on a commercial Tuna fishing boat, Al worked for Conexant Systems for 3 years designing RFICs. He was a co-responsible engineer developing their first-generation direct-conversion receiver for the GSM cellular standard. That chip, and subsequent variants, have sold in excess of 100 million parts (and are still selling), as well as yielding several highly recognized papers.
When he entered graduate school in 2001, Al worked on an early, ultra-low-power radio transceiver for wireless sensor networks while taking multiple classes in neurobiology. Upon receiving his master’s degree, he changed groups and worked on dissecting the structure and function of neural circuits in the mammalian retina, using a combination of electrophysiological, anatomical, and pharmacological techniques, as well as analysis techniques drawn from his Circuits background. In 2009, he joined Cornell as an assistant professor focusing on RF integrated circuits, computational imaging, and neural interfaces.
Contact: molnar “at” ece “dot” cornell “dot” edu
Shimin graduated from Drexel University with B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering. His research interests include RF integrated circuit design.
Christine graduated from Cornell University in 2019 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research interests include mixed-signal circuit design for biomedical applications.
Jamie graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2019 with a BASc in Engineering Physics. His research interests include RF and mixed-signal circuit design. Outside of research, Jamie enjoys snowboarding, playing piano, and riding motorcycles.
Sanaz graduated from M.Sc. program of Sharif University of Technology on 2017, where she also earned her B.Sc. degree on 2015, both in Electrical engineering. Her research interests include RF, and analog integrated circuit design.
Shahab graduated from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in 2015 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in 2017. His research interests include analog and mixed-signal circuit design.
Devesh graduated in 2019 from Indian Institute Technology Bombay with a B. Tech. and M. Tech. in Electrical Engineering. Research interests are mixed signal design for biological and optoelectronic applications. Hobbies are hiking and swimming.
Damla received the B.S. degree in EEE with a minor in Solid-State Physics from METU, Turkey in 2012 and the M.S. degree in EE with a minor in Semiconductor Devices from UC Davis, CA in 2015. Her research interests are RF, mmWave, and sub-THz IC design for high data rate wireless communications. She serves as a reviewer for IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I, IEEE Journal of Microwaves, and IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. Damla is a member of the MTT-14 Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Integrated Circuits Committee and IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) Technical Program Review Committee.
Alex graduated from Cornell University in 2021 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include RF, analog, and mixed signal circuit design. He also enjoys cooking, music, audiovisual production, hiking, and biking.
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