Payam Heydari

Payam Heydari

Chancellor's Professor (Joint Appointment)
Office: 4432 Engineering Hall
Lab: 4130 Engineering Hall
(949) 824-7824 Lab
(949) 824-9324 Office
(949) 824-3203

Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697


Payam Heydari received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, with honors, in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He received his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 2001. He is currently a Chancellor’s Professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Irvine. 

During the summer of 1997, Heydari was with Nokia Bell Labs, 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/radio-frequency ICs during the summer of 1998. His research covers the design of terahertz/millimeter-wave/radio-frequency and analog integrated circuits. He is the co-author of two books, three book chapters and more than 170 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 has served as a distinguished lecturer of both the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) (2014-2016) and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (2019-2022).

Heydari is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Innovative Education Award and Best Invited Paper Award at the 2021 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference. He was selected as an inaugural Faculty Innovation Fellow (2020-21) by UCI Beall Applied Innovation. Other awards include the 2016-2017 UCI School of Engineering Mid-Career Excellence in Research award, 2014 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from Orange County Engineering Council, 2009 Business Plan Competition First Place Prize and Best Concept Paper Award both from the UCI Paul Merage School of Business, 2010 Faculty of the Year Award from UCI’s Engineering Student Council, 2009 School of Engineering Fariborz Maseeh Best Faculty Research Award, 2007 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Guillemin-Cauer Award, 2005 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Award, 2005 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2005 Henry Samueli School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, Best Paper Award at the 2000 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, and the 2001 Technical Excellence Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage. He also was recognized as the 2004 Outstanding Faculty in the UCI Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. 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. In addition, the UCI Office of Technology Alliances has named Heydari one of 10 Outstanding Innovators at the university.

Heydari is an associate editor of both the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters. He is a member of the Technical Program Committee of IEEE European Solid-State Circuits Conference and the 2021 International Microwave Symposium. He was a member of AdCom for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society in 2018-2020. Formerly, Heydari was a member of the International Technical Program Committee of the ISSCC (2014-2019). He was guest editor of IEEE 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), International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, IEEE Design and Test in Europe (DATE) and International Symposium on Physical Design. He is director of UCI’s Nanoscale Communication IC Labs.

Heydari was named an IEEE Fellow in 2017 for his 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