Thomas H. Lee (engineering professor)

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Thomas H. Lee
Residence United States
Nationality American
Alma mater MIT
Scientific career
Fields Electrical Engineering
Institutions Stanford University
Doctoral advisor James K. Roberge

Thomas H. Lee is an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University. In 1994 he founded the Stanford Microwave Integrated Circuits Laboratory. He has written and co-authored several books and papers, and recently concluded a tour of duty as the director of DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office.

Early life and education[edit]

Lee received his S.B. (1983), S.M. (1985) and Sc.D. (1990) degrees in electrical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


From 1990 through 1992, Lee worked on high-speed clock recovery with Analog Devices. In 1992, he joined Rambus Inc. where he developed high-speed analog circuitry for 500 megabyte/s CMOS DRAMs. He cofounded Matrix Semiconductor, which was acquired by Sandisk in 2006, and is also the founder of ZeroG Wireless, acquired by Microchip Technology in January 2010.

In April 2011 he began a leave of absence from Stanford University to serve as Director of the Microsystems Technology Office of DARPA.[1]

Dr. Lee is a co-founder of Ayla Networks.[2]

Since early 2016, he has served on the Board of Directors of Xilinx. He holds approximately 60 U.S. patents.

Awards and memberships[edit]

He is a 1997 recipient of a Packard Foundation Fellowship.

He was conferred the 2011 Ho-Am Prize in Engineering, informally known as "the Korean Nobel Prize." In 2012 he was awarded the U.S. Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service for his work at DARPA, and was awarded an Honoris Causa Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2013.

A freshman seminar he inaugurated, "Things about Stuff" (EE14N), was recognized by the American Society of Engineering Education as one of several "hot courses" in engineering.[3]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Bio: Dr. Thomas Lee". DARPA Microsystems Technology Office. Archived from the original on 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Ayla Networks raises $5.4M to connect everything". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  3. ^ "ASEE Prism Magazine". Retrieved 2014-04-18. 

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