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Linda Katehi, 2015

Linda Katehi, 2015

About Me

From a little girl on a small island in Greece, who dreamed to escape poverty, to the Chancellor at University of California, Davis, my life has been an incredible journey. My love for math opened a window into the world of Science and Engineering, but it was the landing on the moon that gave me courage to dream and believe that everything was possible. My journey has lasted half a century and I am still searching for my Ithaka.  

I have learned a lot, enjoyed a lot and suffered even more but would not have given up this journey for anything else. With my mother's values for truth and respect instilled in my soul, my father's endurance to pain and neglect, and my family's love and protection, I was able to accomplish things that I could not even imagine. Once upon a time this would have been enough to live happily ever after; yet, not in this world. Life is like a swing in perpetual motion. One moment you reach for the sky and the next you look at the dirt under your feet.

Because of the ups and downs, my life has been enriched by every moment I lived, every experience I had, and if I had to choose again, I would have followed the same dreams, the same path, the same journey.

My life did not make me better or worse. It made me more human.  


  Linda P.B. Katehi

Distinguished Professor

of Electrical and Computer Engineering

at the University of California, Davis

My Education
I earned earned my bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1977, and my master’s and doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1981 and 1984, respectively. 
My Career
  • From August 1984 until December 2001 II was a Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. During the last four years at the university I served as the Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Programs and subsequently the Associate Dean for Acacdemic Affairs
  • From January 2001 until April 2006 I 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 I 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 I served as the Chancellor of the University of California Davis. Since August 2016 I have been a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the same University.
My Passion
While I served many years as an Administrator my true passion is in research and education. My research has focused on the design of high-frequency electronic circuits for radar and wireless communications systems. Specifically I demonstrated that three-dimensional integration and packaging in circuits can be achieved in high frequencies with high performance and low cost. I applied these ideas to micro-machined circuits for high-frequency applications and to the development of frequency and time-domain methods for the theoretical design and characterization of these circuits.
My research work has led to 19 U.S. patents, 10 book chapters and over 700 refereed publications in technical journals and symposia proceedings.
My Students
Despite all my work as a Scientist, an Engineer and an Educator, my biggest accomplishment has been my students.
I was very lucky to find myself among brilliant students who came to my group for their Masters and Ph.D. degrees and for the postdoctoral studies.
70 students graduated from my group over a period of 34 years. Twenty five of my 45 Ph.D. students have become faculty members in research universities in the United States and abroad and together have graduated over 150 students. Some of their students see me in various meeting and call me a Grand-Advisor. Maybe I am close to becoming a Great-Grand one   



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. 



11/17/17 - An Overview of Target Diagnostics used at the National Ignition Facility

11/3/17 - The Dawning of a New Food Industry

10/27/17 - How Corporations are Evolving to Shape and Survive in the 4th Industrial Revolution

10/20/17 - Marriage of High Performing Electronics and Smart Objects

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



11/17/17Arthur Carpenter & Dr. Laura Robin Benedetti

11/3/17 - Dr. Harold Schmitz

10/27/17Dr. Carl J. Schramm

10/20/17 - Hossein Miri Lavasani

10/13/17Stefano Ambrogio

10/6/17 - Dr. Jerry Woodall

9/29/17 - Dr. Linda Katehi



Friday, November 17, 2017

An Overview of Target Diagnostics used at the National Ignition Facility

Arthur Carpenter & Dr. Laura Robin Benedetti

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is an operational multi-megajoule laser facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, CA. NIF was constructed by the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to execute high energy-density science experiments in support of the U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP), the DOE’s energy and fundamental science missions, and the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal offices and agencies. NIF was designed to achieve inertially confined fusion (ICF) in the laboratory by imploding a small capsule of Deuterium-Tritium fuel. To achieve ignition via ICF, implosions must achieve extreme velocities (100s of times faster than a bullet) to produce enormous densities and temperatures (hotter and denser than the Sun's core) when the implosion stagnates.

Controlling the implosion in its final phases has proven to be extremely challenging, in part because initially small perturbations grow as an implosion converges. Thus, it is vital to be able to make detailed observations of the course of an implosion with high spatial and temporal resolution, better than 10 microns and 100 ps respectively.  This talk will provide a brief introduction to the NIF and what measurements are needed to diagnose ICF experiments.

Mr. Arthur Carpenter is an electrical engineer in the NIF target diagnostic group. He received his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 2009 with a focus on Solid State Device Electronics. Currently, Arthur is heading up the Single Line of Sight (SLOS) X-ray imaging system. This diagnostic platform combines a nanosecond gated hybrid-CMOS camera with pulse dilation technology in a NIF radiation tolerant design. These diagnostics are the next generation of X-ray imagers for NIF providing improved spatial and temporal resolution as well as a radiation hardened fully-electronic readout.

Dr. Laura Robin Benedetti is a staff research scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  She received her PhD in Physics from UC Berkeley.  Her specialties include materials physics and chemistry under extreme thermodynamic conditions and molecular physics

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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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