Payam Heydari

Payam Heydari

Office: 4406 Engineering Hall
Lab: 4130 Engineering Hall
(949) 824-7824 Lab
(949) 824-9324 Office
(949) 824-3203

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2625


Payam Heydari received his B.S. and M.S. degrees, with honors, in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 2001. He is currently a professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Irvine. 

During the summer of 1997, Heydari was with Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies, where he worked on noise analysis in high-speed CMOS integrated circuits. He worked at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center on gradient-based optimization and sensitivity analysis of custom analog/RF ICs during the summer of 1998. His research covers the design of terahertz/millimeter-wave/RF and analog integrated circuits. He is the co-author of two books, one book chapter, and more than 110 journal and conference papers. He has given the keynote speech to the IEEE GlobalSIP 2013 Symposium on Millimeter Wave Imaging and Communications, served as the invited distinguished speaker at the 2014 IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, and gave a tutorial at the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). He was a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, January 2014 - January 2016, and currently serves on the Technical Program Committee of the ISSCC.

A recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from Orange County Engineering Council, Heyari was also named one of 10 Outstanding Innovators at the UCI by the Office of Technology Alliances. He is the co-recipient of the UCI 2009 Business Plan Competition First Place Award and Best Concept Paper Award, both from the Paul Merage School of Business. Other awards include: the 2010 Faculty of the Year Award from UCI Engineering Student Council (ECS); the 2009 School of Engineering Best Faculty Research Award; the 2007 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Guillemin-Cauer Award; the 2005 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Award; the 2005 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award; the 2005 Henry Samueli School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award; the Best Paper Award at the 2000 IEEE Int'l Conference on Computer Design (ICCD); and the 2001 Technical Excellence Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH). Additionally, Heydari was recognized as the 2004 Outstanding Faculty in UCI’s electrical engineering and computer science department. His research on novel low-power multipurpose multi-antenna RF front-ends received the Low-Power Design Contest Award at the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Low-Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED).

Heydari served as the guest editor of IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems - I, and served on the technical program committees of Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (CSICS), Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC), and ISLPED. He also served on the technical program committees of the International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), IEEE Design and Test in Europe (DATE) and International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD).

Heydari, the director of UCI’s Nanoscale Communication IC (NCIC) Labs, is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to silicon-based millimeter-wave integrated circuits and systems.

B.S., Sharif University of Technology, Electrical Engineering, 1992
M.S., Sharif University of Technology, Electrical Engineering, 1995
Ph.D., University of Southern California, Electrical Engineering, 2001