Linda Katehi

Linda Katehi

I am an Engineer, an Educator, an Innovator and an Advocate of Women in STEM


It all started when I saw Neal Armstrong walking on the moon in the summer of 1969. 

  Linda P.B. Katehi

Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Davis

Professor Linda Katehi earned her bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1977, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1981 and 1984, respectively. 

From August 1984 until December 2001 she was a Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. During the last four years at the university she also served as the Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Programs and subsequently on ACacdemic Affairs

From January 2001 until April 2006 she served as the John Edwardson dean of Engineering at Purdue and a Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

From April 2006 until August 2009 she served as the Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

From August 2009 until August 2016 she served as the Chancellor of the University of California Davis. Since August 2016 she has been a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Research and Education

Professor Katehi has focused her research on the design of high-frequency electronic circuits with applications to radar and wireless communications, emphasizing on three-dimensional integration and packaging, micro-machined circuits for high-frequency applications and the development of frequency and time-domain methods for the theoretical design and characterization of these circuits.

Her research work has led to 19 U.S. patents, 10 book chapters and over 700 refereed publications in technical journals and symposia proceedings.

As an educator, Prof. Katehi has focused on expanding research opportunities for undergraduates and improving the education and professional experience of graduate students, with an emphasis on women and other underrepresented groups. She has mentored more than 70 postdoctoral fellows, doctoral and masters students in electrical and computer engineering. Twenty-four of the 44 doctoral students who graduated under her supervision have become faculty members in research universities in the United States and abroad. 



Apollo 11 on the surface on the moon on July 20, 1969. This picture changed my life. 

Apollo 11 on the surface on the moon on July 20, 1969. This picture changed my life. 


- The National Academy of Engineering Ramo Simon Founder’s Award, October 2015

- Honorary Degree, The American College of Greece, June 2014

- Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, Feb. 2013

- California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet), Leading Women in STEM Award, Oct. 2012

- Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2011

- Greek America’s Best and Brightest Stars (GABBY) Education and Academia Award, June 2011

- Rudy E. Henning Distinguished Mentoring Award, IEEE, April 2011

- Aristeio Award in Academics, American Hellenic Council of California, 2010

- Chair of the President's Committee for the Medal of Science (2006-2010)

- Chair of the Secretary of Commerce Committee for the Medal of Innovation and Technology (2005-2010)

- Fellow of the of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007

- Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering, 2006

- Distinguished Educator Award, IEEE MTT-S, Seattle, WA, June 2002

- Third Millennium Medal, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, June 2000

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Courses and Colloquia

Fall 2017

 EEC 290: Colloquium in Electrical and Computer Engineering 

The 4th Industrial Revolution: Democratizing the Information Infrastructure

Registered Students:  access course on Canvas

Interested Visitors: more about this Colloquia

Winter 2018

EEC 130A: Introductory Electromagnetics I 

Open Source, On-Line Course

Registered Students will receive UC Davis Credits and will be graded. 

Interested Visitors will not receive any credits or grades 


EEC 290 Colloquium

Theme of the Colloquium 

The 4th Industrial Revolution: Democratizing the Information Infrastructure

Fall 2017; Fridays 12:10 - 1 pm PST

The concentration of the world’s population around cities has resulted from the impact of the three industrial revolutions we have experienced in the past 250 years. The First Industrial Revolution originated in England in the late eighteenth century and used water and steam power to mechanize production. It resulted in the early rise of the city as a center of activity, when farming became more effective using mechanization and more people turned to cities for work. The Second Industrial Revolution in the late nineteenth century started in the US and used electric power to create mass production, which brought even more people from rural areas and farms to the assembly lines. The Third Industrial Revolution also originated in the US in the mid to late twentieth century, and used electronics and information technology to automate production, thus forcing people out of the assembly lines and in unemployment.

 Now in less than fifty years from the beginning of the previous technological revolution we stand on the brink of a new one which may be more powerful and more dangerous than all the previous ones. In its scale, scope, and complexity, this transformation may be unlike anything we have experienced before.

"The Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on everything we have discovered so far and it is using the internet to connect humans and machines in one task".

It may bring together technology and culture in a clash of unprecedented proportions resulting in further concentration of population to what we call Mega-Cities and more social instability. Farm land will be managed by robots, factories will employ robots, and humans will use robots for low level jobs leaving us wonder of what role humans will eventually play in this futuristic society.

This seminar series will bring speakers who will present various aspects of the Third Industrial Revolution (Age of Computers) with specific focus on electronic applications and could speculate on the challenges and opportunities of the next one. Considering that the world we live in is a construct of many designed systems, engineering could play a key role in addressing many of the possible negatives this new revolution may bring about and create a more just world. 



10/13/17 - Neuromorphic Computation for Cognitive Computing: Challenges and Perspectives

10/6/17 - Solar Power Derived Electricity and Energy Storage

9/29/17 - Technologies for RF Front-Ends Beyond 5G



10/13/17 - Stefano Ambrogio

10/6/17 - Dr. Jerry Woodall

9/29/17 - Dr. Linda Katehi



Friday, October 13, 2017

Neuromorphic Computation for Cognitive Computing: Challenges and Perspectives

Stefano Ambrogio

IBM Research Almaden

Cognitive computing describes “systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose, and interact with humans naturally”. To achieve this goal, researchers are considering a move away from Von-Neumann computing towards one or more novel and significantly different computing architectures. Among these, neuromorphic computation stands as an innovative solution for solving high-complexity problems by emulating the behavior of the human brain. This can offer several attractive features, such as the resilience of algorithms to device variability and non-ideality.

In this presentation, we review our recent work towards designing a neuromorphic chip for hardware acceleration of training and inference of Fully Connected and Convolutional Deep Neural Networks (DNNs). The training is performed through the backpropagation algorithm, with performance – in terms of speed and power – that could potentially outperform current CPUs and GPUs. We use arrays of emerging non-volatile memories (NVM), such as Phase Change Memory, to implement the synaptic weights connecting layers of neurons. The corresponding network has been demonstrated through experimental results on real devices. We address the impact of real device characteristics – such as non-linearity, variability, asymmetry, and stochasticity – and present some solutions to tackle these sorts of issues. After this, we will discuss some of the challenges in designing the CMOS circuitry around the NVM array. To achieve high processing speed, there is a need for highly parallel circuitry, which introduces a tradeoff between neuron complexity and area. The limited silicon space available makes it essential for designers to implement compact neurons with approximate functionality that can still support accurate DNN training. Then, the talk deals with some architectural guidelines, showing the issues and challenges associated with routing information between different arrays to implement multi-layer DNNs. Finally, other neuromorphic approaches are shown, as, e.g., networks trained with the Spike-Timing-Dependent-Plasticity biological protocol, underlining the differences with the backpropagation algorithm and the need for extensive global studies in this field.

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Dr. Linda Katehi pioneered the development and implementation of Unified Theory and Design Algorithms for the simultaneous design of high frequency 3-D Integrated Circuits and Antennas. In this development she pioneered the methodology to treat 3-D circuits as radiating elements at discontinuities and interconnects thereby allowing the accurate modeling of cross talk and substrate material effects. To achieve this goal she “cracked” for the first time the solution of Integral Equations with improper integrands. Her contributions with this part of her work have had and are having a fundamental impact in communication technologies such as in 3-D integrated circuit and antenna design, especially for wireless communications.

Dr. Linda Katehi on Google Scholar

Linda Katehi Curriculum Vitae

Research Focus

Power Cube

Integrated Receive Transmit Module for Nano-Satellites

Integrated Receive Transmit Module for Nano-Satellites

Professor Katehi is an expert in the areas of development and characterization (theoretical and experimental) of microwave, millime­ter printed circuits; the computer-aided design of VLSI interconnects; the development and characterization of micro-machined circuits for microwave, millimeter-wave and sub-­millimeter-wave applications including MEMS switches, high-Q evanescent mode filters and MEMS devices for circuit re-configurability; the development of low-loss lines for sub-millimeter-wave and terahertz frequency applications; theoretical and experimental study of unipla­nar circuits for hybrid-monolithic and monolithic oscillator, amplifier and mixer applica­tions; theoretical and experimental characterization of photonic band-gap materials. 


3D Integration and on-Wafer Packaging

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Katehi has been a pioneer in studying high-frequency effects on planar circuits and understanding parasitic radiation, substrate-wave propagation, and the importance of high-frequency parasitic phenomena on the performance of planar circuits. Her work demonstrated that 3-D integration is the approach to achieve high performance in high frequencies. In pursue of fully integrated three-dimensional circuit architectures and on-wafer packaging, she explored for the first time the use of Si-micro-machining in circuit design.

Katehi developed three dimensional circuit integration architectures and on wafer packaging that have been adopted by industry as the architecture for the next generation of high-frequency circuits. Based on Katehi’s work DARPA funded four major research and development programs, MAFET III, IRFFE, MERFS and SMART, of a total of $200M to demonstrate 3-D circuit architectures on receive and transmit systems operating between 2Ghz and 94GHz.


94 GHz 3-Dimensionally Integrated Receive Module


Furthermore, the defense industry is now using the architectures pioneered by Prof. Katehi to develop the RF front ends of the next generation of military sensors such as XG, JTRS, GPS-Guided Munitions. Specifically, Lincoln Labs and Northrop Grumman have adopted the on-wafer packaging for RF MEMS which was demonstrate by Katehi’s work and Raytheon and Rockwell Collins used these three-dimensional interconnects for their reconfigurable high-frequency RF systems.

Prof. Katehi’s fundamental designs have been incorporated in the development of new systems worth a total of $1B-$10B in the defense economy and due to substantial gains in size and performance have provided savings of many hundreds of million of dollars in the cost of these systems.


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UC Davis ADVANCE is an Institutional Transformation grant that began in September of 2012. The program is supported by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program which aims to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. 

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