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Apsel named IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

ECE Professor Alyssa Apsel was recently named a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

IEEE Distinguished Lecturers are engineering professionals who lead their fields in technical developments that shape the global community. These experts specialize in the field of interest of their societies/councils; travel to various technical and regional groups, such as society and technical council chapters; provide informative lectures to help their audience, remain current on technology and promote IEEE membership; and enhance professional vitality of members by keeping them informed of new technologies and applications. The renewable term for each distinguished lecturer is two years, with a maximum of 10 speakers selected each year. Find more about the program here:

Apsel specializes in power-aware mixed signal circuits and design for highly scaled CMOS and modern electronic systems.  Her current focus is on low power radio for IoT and reconfigurable multi-standard radio to extend the reach of wireless communications,  Her research group investigates new approaches to cost-effective designs that leverage today's technology but achieve improved performance per unit power. She looks at how problems resulting from device scaling such as process variation, noise and reduced analog performance can be addressed with skillful analog and mixed signal design. Apsel’s topics for the Distinguished Lecture program include low power and ultra low power radios as well as flexible radios and flexible networks.

Apsel has authored or coauthored over 100 refereed publications in related fields of RF mixed signal circuit design, ultra-low power radio, photonic integration with VLSI, and circuit design techniques in the presence of variation resulting in five patents and several pending patent applications.

She received the B.S. from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, in 1995 and the Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in 2002. She joined Cornell University in 2002, where she is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is also a Visiting Professor at Imperial College in London working on RF interfaces for implantable electronics. Apsel will become the next Director of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell in July 2018. Find out more about her research at

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