In case you don't know me, I'm Adrian, and I do research in many different CMOS-SoC areas from DSP for radar and spectrometer processors to mm-wave transceivers, and now even microwave data links. I am also an aspiring amateur standup comedian (really!), and through my work at JPL I'm also learning to be a bit of a scientist (mostly Planetary and Earth Science) to compliment my engineering experience.
Why a Sad Circuit Designer?
Actually when I put up the original website in 2012 the IC/SoC industry was doing really bad and I was concerned about our future as circuit designers, especially in terms of future innovation. Things have turned around considerably in the last year or two with all these new topics appearing (5G, IOT, Deep Learning systems, ...), but I'm basically stuck with this domain now, plus it's sort of easy to remember.
Adrian has over 16 years of commercial CMOS circuit design experience and is now in the sub-millimeter wave advanced technology group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Adrian received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. During his graduate studies, he developed CMOS mm-wave and THz circuits and systems for imaging, radar, and communication systems. He was the first to demonstrate reflective imaging in CMOS technology and the first to demonstrate sub-centimeter scale accuracy radar in silicon technology. During his postdoctoral studies he worked on developing 670 GHz compact radar systems for concealed weapons and explosives detection at stand-off. At JPL he directs the Space-SoC laboratory and is currently leading development of CMOS SoCs for future mm-wave, microwave and instruments on NASA planetary science, Earth science and astrophysics missions.