Second-year Ph.D. student Vanessa Chen has received the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship, a highly competitive award that honors exceptional students who display an interest in solving problems important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in the sciences and engineering. Recipients are selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM and their academic progress to date, in the form of publications and faculty endorsements.
Chen earned the fellowship for her work with Tanoto Professor of ECE Larry Pileggi on designing highly scalable, low-power, high-speed analog-to-digital converters. Her research interests lie within the area of calibration algorithm with combinatorial redundancy technique and low-power high-speed analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, particularly as applied to ultra-high-speed communication systems. Chen also investigates device modeling and design methodologies for analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits.
As an IBM Ph.D. fellow, Chen will receive a stipend for her academic work, as well as a generous education allowance. She will be matched with an IBM mentor and have the opportunity to complete at least one internship at IBM while she finishes her degree. All IBM Ph.D. fellowships are eligible for renewal yearly for a total of up to three years. For more on the award, visit https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/phdfellowship/.