UCI Professor Wins 2005 Awards for Best Paper and Excellence in Teaching

By Anna Lynn Spitzer

05.18.05 -- Payam Heydari, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and a Calit2 academic participant, is the recent recipient of two prestigious awards. He won the 2005 Darlington Best Paper Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and the UCI  Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Payam Heydari
Payam Heydari

Heydari won the IEEE award for his journal article “Analysis of the PLL Jitter Due to Power/Ground and Substrate Noise." The article was published in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems in December 2004. The Darlington Award is given in honor of Dr. Sidney Darlington, a Bell Labs scientist who pioneered the design of electronic circuits and systems. The award is given in recognition of the best paper published in the IEEE journal to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The award is based on quality, originality, contributions, subject matter and timeliness. Over 900 papers, all of which have been peer-reviewed and published during the last two years, were eligible to receive the award.

Heydari, who was the sole author of the paper, is the youngest faculty member to receive the Darlington award. He will receive the award and a cash prize at the opening session of the 2005 Design Automation Conference on June 14, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Circuits and Systems Society is one of the largest societies in the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers, commonly referred to as IEEE.

The Excellence in Teaching Award is given to one professor from each UCI school and college annually in conjunction with the campus's Celebration of Teaching. Heydari will receive the award at a banquet held on campus May 25.