Joel L. Dawson, Professor, EECS } MIT



Joel L. Dawson joined MIT as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in September of 2004. He received his S.B. and MEng degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1996 and 1997, respectively. While attaining his MEng degree, Professor Dawson participated in the VI-A Internship program at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003. During his doctoral research, Professor Dawson worked in the area of RF circuit design as a part of Professor Thomas H. Lee's research group. He investigated innovative techniques to improve power dissipation and linearity of power amplifiers, a key component of wireless systems. In 2003 he co-founded Aspendos Communications, a startup company based in San Jose, CA. Professor Dawson was also the recipient of an NSF Career Award in 2008 and was selected for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2009.


The Dawson research group designs RF and mixed-signal CMOS ICs for communications systems and medical applications. Our research approach centers on the idea that we work in an extremely interesting era for such circuits. Economic forces favor a heavily digital chip, and it is often not profitable to make device and process concessions for the analog circuits. Given that we have millions of digital gates at our disposal, together with analog devices that are fast but otherwise far from ideal, what is the new optimal division of functionality between the analog and digital domains?

We seek answers to this question in part by exercising architectural creativity. In addition, we explore the application of mathematical optimization techniques to allocate resources between analog and digital subsystems.

A list of current projects can be found on the Research Group page.


Prof. Dawson is involved in teaching 6.301 Solid-state Circuits, 6.302 Feedback Systems, and 6.776 High Speed Communications Circuits.

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SungWon Chung to present at the 2011 International Microwave Symposium

Philip Godoy, SungWon Chung, and Taylor Barton to present at the 2011 International Microwave Symposium

Dr. Seward Rutkove, a Dawsongroup collaborator, wins Prize4Life

Philip Godoy receives student paper prize at RWW 2011

Jose L. Bohorquez - paper accepted for VLSI Symposium Special Issue of IEEE JSSC.

Godoy, Chung, and Barton to present at 2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium.

Jose Bohorquez and Willie Sanchez each to present at VLSI Symposium

Chung, Godoy, and Barton to to present at 2010 International Microwave Symposium

Khanna, Ogunnika, and Sanchez win TI Scholarships

Jose Bohorquez finishes his Ph.D.

Harneet Khurana finishes his master's degree

Jose Bohorquez selected to give MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar for the Fall 2009 term.

Hyun Boo and Sungwon Chung - paper accepted for publication in TCAS-II

Jose L. Bohorquez - paper to be published in the December 2009 IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques

Philip Godoy - Paper Accepted for Publication in T-MTT

Dawson wins Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Technology Review Article on Olumuyiwa Ogunnika's EIM Project

Sungwon Chung to present at the 2009 VLSI Symposium

Sungwon Chung, Philip Godoy, and Taylor Barton to present at the 2009 IEEE RFIC Symposium

Hyun Boo Receives Master's Degree

Joel Dawson, David Perreault, and Everest Huang receive a grant from Lincoln Laboratory Advanced Concept Committee

Jose Bohorquez's Paper Accepted for Publication in JSSC Special Issue on the VLSI Symposium

Jose Bohoroquez's work profiled in MIT Technology Insider

SungWon Chung's Paper Accepted for Publication in T-MTT

Philip Godoy's Paper Accepted for Publication in JSSC

Muyiwa Ogunnika, Michael Scharfstein, Roshni Cooper, and Hongma Shen to Present at EMBC 2008

Jose Bohorquez Presents Paper at the VLSI Symposium

Tania Khanna, Philip Godoy, and Roshni Cooper Receive Masters Degrees

Philip Godoy Receives the ADI Outstanding Student Designer Award