Two ECE Graduate Students Win SRC Funding

 Shadi Saberi and Jeffrey Nelson Chosen for SRC Awards

May 1, 2006

Two ECE graduate students won prestigious Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) funding this year: Jeffrey Nelson received an IBM/SRC Fellowship through the SRC Graduate Fellowship Program and Shadi Saberi, an Intel Foundation/SRC Education Alliance (SRCEA) Scholarship through the SRC Master's Scholarship Program. Each award includes full tuition and fee support, a stipend, an annual gift to the department, a link with industry advisors, opportunities for internships at SRC member companies, and travel expenses to the SRC Student Symposium in North Carolina this October.

"Shadi is an intelligent engineer with good intuition as a circuit designer. Her current research focus is on the development of very low power adaptive equalizers for high-speed serial links at a data rate above 20 Gb/s," said Patrick Yue, her faculty advisor. The two have already begun collaborations with the Circuit Research Lab at Intel.

Shadi received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran, an engineering school known for analog circuit design. During a summer in college, she interned at the Iran Microelectronic Research Center. Her research at Carnegie Mellon is associated with the Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI), as is her fellow awardee, Jeff Nelson's; Jeff's work is also a part of the Carnegie Mellon Laboratory for Integrated Systems Test (CM-LIST).

Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, Jeff earned a B.S. in ECE from Rutgers University and interned at Intel. He received his M.S. in ECE here in 2003 and is now working toward his Ph.D. under the guidance of ECE faculty members Shawn Blanton and Wojciech Maly.

"Next-generation electronic [integrated circuits] ICs are becoming very difficult to manufacture. The project that Jeff is working on is key to understanding why certain ICs will not yield," said Professor Blanton. "We nominated Jeff for the SRC fellowship because of the great interest in his research work and it potential to make a real difference for the SRC member companies."

Both Jeff and Shadi are active in the community: Jeffrey belongs to the IEEE, and Shadi is vice president of Carnegie Mellon's Persian Student Organization.

Other SRC fellows in the ECE Department include Brian Taylor, who received an AMD/SRC Fellowship last fall, and Padmini Gopalakrishnan and Nick Zamora, who were awarded funding in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

Shadi Saberi (left) and Jeffrey Nelson won prestigious funding through the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).


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