Prof. Yahya Tousi Receives DARPA’s 2020 Young Faculty Award

Prof. Yahya Tousi is a recipient of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s 2020 Young Faculty Award for his project titled, “Wideband and Interference-Resilient Mixed Mode Time Transfer for Distributed Radios.”

The purpose of the DARPA YFA is to identify and support promising junior researchers and expose them to the needs of the Department of Defense, and “DARPA’s program development process”, and to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and National Security issues.

Yahya’s research interests lie in high-performance circuits and novel architectures for mm-wave and terahertz systems with applications in communication, sensing, and healthcare. Under his guidance, his research group focuses on building innovative integrated systems with applications ranging from high performance wireless communication and radar, to low power and low cost sensing and imaging.

In 2017, Yahya and co-authors were recipients of IEEE’s Journal of Solid State Circuits (JSSC) best paper award for “A 28-GHz 32-element TRX phased-array IC with concurrent dual-polarized operation and orthogonal phase and gain control for 5G communications.” An eminent publication in the field of integrated circuits and systems, JSSC presents the award to the best paper among all those published in the journal during the previous year.

Prof. Yahya Tousi earned his doctoral degree from Cornell University in 2012. After graduation, he was with Situne Corporation, San Jose, CA working on integrated wideband satellite receivers. In 2014, he joined IBM T. J. Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights, NY, where he contributed to the realization of one of the first fully-integrated 5G mm-wave phased-array transceiver on silicon. Among his other accomplishments are the 2011 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship, the 2011-12 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Pre-Doctoral Achievement Award, and the 2017 ISSCC Lewis Award for Outstanding Paper. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 2017 as an Assistant Professor.

Learn more about Prof. Yahya Tousi’s research.