Asad Abidi

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Asad Ali Abidi
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Born (1956-07-12) July 12, 1956 (age 62)
NationalityPakistani, American
Alma materImperial College, London
University of California, Berkeley
Known forCMOS RF
RF Circuit Modeling
AwardsIEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits (2008)
IEEE Third Millennium Medal
IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award
Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical Engineering
InstitutionsBell Laboratories
University of California, Los Angeles
Lahore University of Management Sciences
Doctoral advisorRobert G. Meyer

Asad Ali Abidi (born July 12, 1956)[1] is a Pakistani-American electrical engineer who serves as a tenured professor at University of California, Los Angeles and is the inaugural holder of the Abdus Salam Chair at LUMS.[2]

Born and raised in Pakistan, Abidi received his B.S. from the Imperial College London followed by a M.S. and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981. He worked as an electrical engineer with Bell Labs and in January 1985 joined UCLA as a tenured academic. In 2007, he left for a three-year sabbatical to work as a founding dean of the engineering school at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and returned to Los Angeles in 2009.[3] In 2017, he was named as the inaugural holder of the Abdus Salam Chair at LUMS.[4]

Abidi is a prominent academic and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and The World Academy of Sciences. He received the IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits in 2008 In 2015, UC, Berkeley recognised him as a distinguished alumnus for his contributions to the theory and practice of analog and RF circuits.[5][6][7]

Life and education[edit]

Abidi was educated till matriculation at Cadet College Hasan Abdal, Pakistan, completed his high school from Dudley College of Technology, UK, and gained a B.Sc. degree (with first-class honours) in electrical engineering at Imperial College, London, in 1976.[8] Later he attended University of California, Berkeley; he gained an M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering in 1978 and a Ph.D in 1981 under the supervision of Robert Meyer. Abidi is a IEEE Fellow and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE).[8][9] He joined LUMS School of Science and Engineering as its first dean.[10]

Academic career[edit]

Since 1985, Abidi worked at UCLA, where he is currently a Distinguished Chancellor's Professor.[8] From 1981 to 1984, he worked for Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff at the Advanced LSI Development Laboratory. He was a Visiting Faculty Researcher at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in 1989. He is one of only a few Pakistani-origin members of the NAE.[5] and was recognized as an ISSCC top-ten author.[8] Abidi served as the Program Secretary for the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 1984 to 1990, and was the General Chairman of the Symposium on VLSI Circuits in 1992.[citation needed] He was the Secretary of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Council from 1990 to 1991. From 1992 to 1995, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits.[citation needed]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • 2013 Armstrong Memorial Lecturer, Columbia University[8]
  • 2013 ISSCC Outstanding Contributor over its 60 years[8]
  • 2012 Best Paper Award, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (co-winner)[8]
  • 2012 ISSCC Distinguished Technical Paper Award[8]
  • 2009 The World Academy of Sciences-TWAS[8]
  • 2008 UCLA HSSEAS Lockheed Martin Award for Excellence in Teaching[8]
  • 2008 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits[11]
    "For pioneering and sustained contributions in the development of RF-CMOS"
  • 2007 National Academy of Engineering[12]
    "For contributions to the development of integrated circuits for MOS RF communications"
  • Top 10 contributors to the ISSCC in its 50-year history[8]
  • 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal[8]
  • 1998 Design Contest Award at the Design Automation Conference[8]
  • 1997 ISSCC Jack Raper Outstanding Technology Directions Paper Award[8]
  • 1997 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award[13]
  • 1996 Best Paper Award of the 21st European Solid State Circuits Conference[8]
  • 1988 TRW Award for Innovative Teaching Postdoctoral Research Associate[8]

Fellowships and academy membership[edit]


  • Ahmad Mirzaei, Asad Abidi, Analysis and Design of IF and RF Circuits for SDR Receivers: Anti-aliasing Pre-filters, Accurate and Low-noise Quadrature LO Generation and Injection-locked Dividers, VDM Verlag, 2008
  • Emad Hegazi, Jacob Rael, and Asad Abidi, The Designer's Guide to High-Purity Oscillators, Springer, 2005. ISBN 1-4020-7666-5
  • Asad A. Abidi, P. R. Gray, and R. G. Meyer, editors, Integrated Circuits for Wireless Communications, IEEE Press, NY, 1998


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^ "Asad Abidi: Back to the Future - IEEE - The Institute". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  3. ^ "Asad A. Abidi". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  4. ^ "Honouring a Nobel laureate: Prof Asad Abidi named inaugural holder of Abdus Salam Chair - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
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  6. ^ "Professor Asad Abidi Named the Inaugural Holder of the Abdus Salam Chair at LUMS". LUMS. 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "UCLA Electrical Engineering - Asad Abidi, Professor". The University of California. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  9. ^ "NAE Member directories - Dr. Asad A. Abidi". U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  10. ^ Archived from the original on March 6, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  12. ^ "Asad Abidi, Mark Horowitz and Teresa Meng Elected to U. S. National Academy of Engineering". IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. 2007. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  13. ^ "IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 2010-11-11.