Heydari Named Chancellor’s Professor

Payam Heydari receives Chancellor’s Professor title of distinction for academic merit and promise of scholarly achievement.

Aug. 4, 2021 –  Payam Heydari, Samueli School professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been named a UC Irvine Chancellor’s Professor. The title of distinction – granted for a five-year renewable term – recognizes professors who have demonstrated unusual academic merit and whose continued promise for scholarly achievement is unusually high.

Heydari’s research contributions are in microelectronics, specifically in the design and analysis of radio frequency, millimeter-wave and terahertz integrated circuits. His research on new circuit techniques and system architectures paved the way for silicon technology to be used at speeds and frequencies that were once achieved only by a combination of other materials. His contributions have led to the development of integrated systems that transformed point-to-point wireless communications and created new applications in wireless communications, imaging and sensing. He most recent paper presents innovative transceiver architectures for emerging applications such as wireless communications at speeds that are two orders-of-magnitude higher than the recently deployed 5G.

Heydari joined the UCI faculty in 2001 after earning his doctorate from USC. He is the co-author of two books, three book chapters and more than 170 journal and conference papers. A 2017 IEEE fellow and a recipient of numerous international awards, Heydari is an associate editor of both the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters and has served as a distinguished lecturer of both the IEEE Solid-State Circuits and IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Societies. 

Heydari joins Plamen Atanassov, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Syed Jafar and Hamid Jafarkhani, electrical engineering and computer science, in holding the honorary title in the Samueli School.


– Lori Brandt