Carnegie Mellon University

Hamerschlag Hall

January 29, 2019

Mondal receives Predoctoral Achievement Award

Susnata Mondal, a fourth-year ECE Ph.D. student in Dr. Jeyanandh Paramesh's research group, has been selected by the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society for a prestigious Predoctoral Achievement Award (2018-2019). This award recognizes the accomplishments of small number of promising graduate students from across the world. It comes with a $1,000 honorarium and expenses to the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the Society's flagship conference.

Mondal’s research focuses on advanced chip and algorithm design for "beyond-5G" mobile networks. During the course of his Ph.D., Mondal has developed several cutting-edge beamforming/MIMO transceiver chips. At the 2017 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Symposium, Mondal demonstrated the first reported MIMO beamformer in the literature. Based on a novel "fully-connected hybrid" architecture, this 25-30 GHz chip demonstrated benchmark performance. At the 2018 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), Mondal presented an advanced beamforming receiver featuring concurrent MIMO in the 28 and 37 GHz frequency bands. These chips comprise some of the most complex chip designs attempted in academia, and have been reported in archival papers in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, the premier journal in the field of IC design. His most recent work will appear at the 2019 International Solid-State Circuits Conference.

Mondal's profile will appear in the Spring 2019 issue of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine as well as on the SSCS Website.