UCLA Engineering Professor Asad Abidi Elected to the Prestigious National Academy of Engineering
UCLA engineering professor Asad Abidi has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional lifetime distinction accorded to American engineers.
Honored for his contributions to the development of integrated circuits for wireless communication in complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) technology, which is used to fabricate microprocessors and digital signal processors, Abidi is now among a select 2,217 academy members nationwide, along with 188 foreign associates.
Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education. Established in 1964, the academy shares responsibility with the National Academy of Sciences for advising the federal government on questions of policy in science and technology.
"I feel the key importance of my election into the academy is that it highlights the groundbreaking work my colleagues at UCLA Electrical Engineering and I have undertaken over the last two decades in CMOS radios," Abidi said. "It is this research that has really helped to define a new industry, and that is my greatest reward. Every mass-produced wireless communication device today is in CMOS."
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is the home of CMOS radio technology, which originated in the school's research laboratories in the mid-1990s.
Abidi has been an electrical
engineering faculty member at the
"The work I conducted with my colleagues has always had the overarching theme of industry impact," Abidi said. "We did not try to keep the work under wraps. We strove to innovate so that we could share the knowledge with the rest of the world. I'm proud to have been part of this philosophy of research."
Abidi's research career has focused on research in CMOS RF design, high-speed analog integrated circuit design, data conversion and other techniques of analog signal processing. His work has led to new architectures in modern wireless devices and a new way of designing the circuits that enable them.
Prior to his tenure at UCLA,
Abidi worked as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories' Advanced LSI Development Laboratory in
The mission of National Academy of Engineering is to promote
the technological welfare of the nation by gathering the knowledge and insights
of eminent members of the engineering profession. The NAE is the portal for all
engineering activities at the National Academies, which along with the NAE
include the National Academy of Sciences, the
Established in 1945, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science offers 28 academic and professional degree programs, including an interdepartmental graduate degree program in biomedical engineering. Ranked among the top 10 engineering schools at public universities nationwide, the school is home to six multimillion-dollar interdisciplinary research centers in space exploration, wireless sensor systems, nanotechnology, nanomanufacturing and nanoelectronics, all funded by federal and private agencies. For more information, visit http://www.engineer.ucla.edu.