Charlie Sodini


Charles G. Sodini received the B.S.E.E. degree from Purdue University, in 1974, and the M.S.E.E. and the Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981 and 1982, respectively.

He was a member of the technical staff at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories from 1974 to 1982, where he worked on the design of MOS memory. He joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1983, where he is currently the LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering.  His research interests are focused on medical electronic systems for monitoring and imaging.  These systems require state-of-the-art mixed signal integrated circuit and systems with extremely low energy dissipation.

Along with Prof. Roger T. Howe, he is a co-author of an undergraduate text on integrated circuits and devices entitled “Microelectronics: An Integrated Approach.” He also studied the Hong Kong/South China electronics industry in 1996-97 and has continued to study the globalization of the electronics industry.

Dr. Sodini was a co-founder of SMaL Camera Technologies a leader in imaging technology for consumer digital still cameras and machine vision cameras for automotive applications.  He has served on a variety of IEEE Conference Committees, including the International Electron Device Meeting where he was the 1989 General Chairman.  He has served on the IEEE Electron Device Society Administrative Committee and was president of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society from 2002-2004.   He is currently the Chair of the Executive Committee for the VLSI Symposia and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Research Interests

Professor Sodini’s principal fields of interest are electronics and integrated circuit design and technology. More specifically, his research concerns technology intensive integrated circuit and systems design, with application toward sensory interface electronics and wireless communication emphasizing analog signal processing and RF integrated circuits.

Professor Sodini’s group is exploring novel integrated technology, device physics, and circuit design, and its application to specific microsystems including medical electronic systems for monitoring and imaging. The requirements of the systems dictate the areas in which innovation must take place. This approach allows students to understand and play a role in the big picture while simultaneously concentrating on specific innovation in a tightly focused project. The program is a fertile ground for students to learn and appreciate the importance of breadth across many disciplines for systems optimization as well as depth in their particular project. These students will be prepared for the  broad challenges that microelectronic technology will face in the 21st century.


  • 2.75 Medical Device Design
  • 6.02: Introduction to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science II
  • 6.012: Microelectronic Devices and Circuits
  • 6.720: Semiconductor Devices
  • 6.775: Design of Analog MOS LSI