Meet Nada Vukovi-Radi, VLSI Chip Designer, @ the UCSD Division

Nada Vuković-Radić

September 15, 2004 -- "I come with a background designing VLSI applications-specific, integrated circuit chips for the communications market," says Nada Vuković-Radić, "and want to collaborate on research projects with faculty, most likely in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering departments." She was hired just a few weeks ago by the UCSD division of Calit² as a senior development engineer with design skills in high-speed digital circuits, analog ICs (PLL, bandgap reference circuits, differential amplifiers and comparators), and RTL.

Vuković-Radić has been given several general charges, which will be refined and described in subsequent postings on our Website. One is to investigate the technologies of a handful of Calit² industrial partners working in broadband network infrastructure design and project the needs they might have over the next several years as the basis for joint projects with Calit² that might be proposed to them.

Vuković-Radić comes with PhD and MS degrees (1999 and 1993, respectively) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Her PhD thesis focused on designing and fabricating superconducting digital single-flux-quantum (SFQ) circuits. Her advanced degrees are complemented by a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade.

After receiving her PhD, she jointed Intel Corporation as a senior design engineer in the Special Circuits Group designing high-performance mixed-signal CMOS circuits, such as PLLs, for x86 microprocessors.

After Intel, she worked as a senior design engineer at Multilink Technology Corp. (now called Vitesse), a telecommunications IC chip supplier. She was a member of a forward-error-correction (FEC) protocol team designing and verifying digital logic circuits for SONET/SDH and DWDM transmission, working on techniques to improve transmission reliability over optical fiber.

Most recently, Vuković-Radić has been a research scientist at Duke University where she focused on liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) display chip designs and smart sensor platforms (e.g., optical sensors using photonic crystals to non-invasively sense blood alcohol levels). There she was also a lecturer, teaching the course "Circuits and Systems" last fall.

Vuković-Radić says she is interested in teaming with faculty members with expertise in embedded system chip designs for mobile applications, adaptive systems on chips, power-aware designs, and optical networks (forward-error correction for wireless, wire line, and photonic networks). Her specific interests are in FEC algorithms in non-Gaussian noise environments.