Joel L. Dawson, principal investigator


principal investigator  

Joel L. Dawson is the Mark Hyman, Jr. Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Joel received the S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1996 and 1997, respectively. For his M.Eng. degree, he participated in the VI-A Internship program at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. He went on to receive the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2003. His doctoral research focused on the area of RF circuit design in Professor Thomas H. Lee's group. Specifically, Joel investigated innovative techniques to improve the 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.


graduate students  

Taylor Barton received her S.B in EECS with a minor in German in 2006 and Master of Engineering degree in 2008, both from MIT. Her research interests include analog circuit design and control system design and applications. She is currently persuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering under the guidance of Professors Roberge and Dawson.


Sungwon Chung received his B.S. from Pusan National University, Korea, and an M.S. from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Sungwon joined the Dawson research group in 2005 to pursue his Ph.D. in electrical engineering. His current research focus is an integrated digital power amplifier system for mobile wireless terminals built in silicon technologies.
Jack Dong
Haobo (Jack) Dong received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with minors in Business Management and Mathematics from Brigham Young University in 2009. While studying at BYU, he received the National Consortium for MASINT Research (NCMR) Award from the Defense Intelligence Agency. He also completed an internship with the National Instruments in Austin Texas. He is currently pursuing his M.S and Ph.D at MIT EECS and his research focuses on fractal antennas designs for ultra-low power, energy-efficient biomedical implant chips. During his spare time, Jack loves to spend time with his wife and play volleyball.
Philip Godoy received his B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 and the S.M. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 2008. While studying at UC Berkeley, he completed internships at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Broadcom. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at MIT under the guidance of Prof. Joel Dawson. and Prof. Dave Perreault. The topic of Philip's M.S. thesis was applying nested chopper stabilization to analog multipliers and mixers to reduce offset, 1/f noise, and even-order distortion. His current research focuses on techniques for high-efficiency outphasing power amplifiers.


Tania Khanna completed her B.S. in electrical engineering and computer engineering with a minor in operations research and industrial engineering at Cornell University. She recently began the M.S./Ph.D. program in electrical engineering and computer science. Her current research focuses on optimization of analog systems via equation-based hierarchical design. In her spare time, Tania enjoys photography, playing tennis, and wine tasting.


Zhen Li received the S.B. degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 2009. For his M.Eng. degree, he worked on power IC design and implementation in the VI-A internship program at Linear Technology in Milpitas, CA. He continues to pursue the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at MIT. His current research isfocused on the area of analog/RF circuit design. He is also interested in fun-da-mental (and mentally fun) physics, including EM theory and, QED.
Muyiwa Ogunnika completed a B.E. in Electrical Engineering at the City College of New York in 2001 and an S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in 2004. He has completed internships at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Intel Corporation. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. under the guidance of Professor Joel Dawson. Muyiwa's research focuses on IC development for a handheld electrical impedance probe for the assessment of neuromuscular diseases. His hobbies include competing at ballroom dance competitions in the Boston and New York areas, as well as Salsa dancing.
Willie Sanchez, part of the first generation of his Dominican family in the United States, received his B.S. and M.Eng degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 2005 and 2007, respectively. William's current research interests are in the design of energy-efficient, low-power circuits and systems for wireless biomedical communications and applications. The focus of his master's thesis lay on applying optimization theory and techniques towards the efficient characterization and description of circuit design spaces. He is interested in developing low-power energy management architectures using ultracapacitors with the goal of minimizing energy costs associated with such architectures. Maximizing the system-level energy efficiency of ultracapacitor-based architectures maximizes wireless sensor lifetimes in batteryless or energy-harvested environments, in particular such as those found in medical electronics.
Eric Winokur received his BS and MS degrees from Lehigh University in 2006 and 2008 respectively under the guidance of Dr. Marvin White. As an undergraduate, he conducted research on high speed pHEMT devices at Lehigh's Compound Semiconductor Technology Lab. As a graduate, Eric worked on a CMOS transimpedance amplifier with over 10 Gigaohms of experimental transimpedance for a physiological patch clamp platform. Currently, Eric is working towards his PhD under the tutelage of Profs. Charlie Sodini and Joel Dawson. Eric's research interests include low power analog IC design and medical electronics. In his spare time, Eric enjoys playing the drums and running.
Gilad Yahalom received his B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2008. He has worked as an intern and a hardware engineer at Intel corporation's microprocessor design center in Haifa, Israel. Gilad is currently pursuing his M.S. in Electrical Engineering under the guidance of Prof. Joel Dawson. His research interests include analog and RF IC design


DongNi Zhang received her B.A.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2010. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she co-oped at various semiconductor companies including AMD, Qualcomm, and Broadcom. As an MIT Presidential fellow, DongNi is currently pursuing her MS/PhD at MIT under the guidance of Professor Joel Dawson. Her current research focuses on mm-wave transceivers. In her spare time, DongNi enjoys playing piano, drawing, and gardening.
Jose Bohorquez completed his BSEE and MSEE at the University of Florida under the advisement of Dr. Ken O. While studying at UF, he completed internships with APA Wireless, Lockheed Martin Information Systems, and GE Healthcare. After completing his MS degree, Jose worked at Bitwave Semiconductor as an RF/Analog Design Engineer from January 2005 until September 2006, when he joined MIT as a doctoral candidate. He completed his Ph.D. in December 2009 under the co-advisory of Professors Joel Dawson and Anantha Chandrakasan. His work at MIT focused on the design of ultra-low power, digitally-assisted analog and RF systems for biomedical applications. Specifically, he designed a transceiver for medical implant communications and a digitally-assisted sensor interface for biomedical applications. Jose is currently a part-time post-doc in the Dawson group working on RF receiver interference cancellation.
Khalil Dozier is a rising junior at MIT, and he has spent the summers of 2009 and 2010 as a member of the Dawson group. In 2009, he worked with Eric Winokur on a compact ECG monitor, and in 2010 he worked with Philip Godoy to build calibration equipment for RF transmitter testing.
Ehimwenma (Ehi) Nosakhare is a student at Howard University who came and worked in the Dawson group during the summer of 2010 as a part of the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP). She worked with Taylor Barton, and her project focused on digital interface circuits for a mm-wave RF transmitter. She designed and taped out her circuit in IBM's 130nm SiGe process.


Hyun Ho Boo received his B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2007 and his Master's in electrical engineering from MIT in January 2009. His research focuses on power amplifier linearization techniques aiming for handset applications. Hyun enjoys playing soccer and going out to meet new people.
Roshni Cooper received her B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2007 and 2008. Roshni's research was on a new, compact impedance probe for electrical impedance myography and has accepted a position with Cisco Systems in the San Fransico Bay area.
Ali Hadiashar completed his Masters thesis "Chopper Stabilization in Analog Multipliers" in February 2006 and is now employed by BitWave Semiconductor in Lowell, Massachusetts. Click here for a picture of the Group celebrating Ali's achievement at Atasca Restaurant in Cambridge.
Jack Holloway was born and raised in the small northwest Kansas farming community of Colby. He holds Science Bachelor degrees in applied mathematics and electrical engineering from MIT (2003) and a Master of Engineering degree from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science (2004). The Dawson Research Group had a farewell dinner for Jack. Click here to see some pictures from their dinner at Cambridge's Blue Room.


Jeff Huang received his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees from MIT in June 2005 and 2006, respectively, and he currently works for Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems Division of the Electronic Systems Sector in Rolling Meadows, IL. He grew up in the Chicago area, graduating from "the home of the state champions," Naperville North High School, in 2001. He absolutely loves the Midwest -the Heartland! Besides working, Jeff spends his time playing and watching (especially in glorious high def) basketball, football, and softball/baseball. He also enjoys watching movies and following (and cheering on) his teams, the beloved Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls, as well as the White Sox, Jayhawks, and Illini. But his Bears and Bulls are most important!
Harneet S Khurana received his B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Maryland, College Park in 2007. While studying at UM, he completed internship with GE Healthcare. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. at MIT under the guidance of Prof. Joel Dawson. His research interests are in RF integrated circuits with biomedical applications.
Zhipeng Li received his B.S. in Physics and in EECS in June 2009 from MIT and is now completing an internship at Linear Technology. His research interests are analog and RF circuit design.

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Hong Ma received a bachelor’s in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia in 2001. He received a master’s from the Media Laboratory at MIT in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in Sept. 2007. He was a postdoctoral associate in the Dawson Group from 2008 through 2009. His area of interest is biomedical device design. Hong joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia in January 2009.
Jon Spaulding received his B.S. in EECS from MIT in 2009, when he joined Prof. Dawson's group. His research interests include feedback systems and analog IC design. He is currently working towards his Masters of Engineering degree, and will continue on to a Ph.D. from there.
Michael Scharfstein was born in Russia and raised in New York City. He completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Biomedical Engineering at MIT. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and volunteering as an EMT for MIT Emergency Medical Services. Mike completed his thesis in August 2007.




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