Payam Heydari


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


The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2625

ZOT Code: 
Office: Engineering Hall 4406
Lab: EH 4130
(949) 824-7824 Lab
(949) 824-9324 Office
(949) 824-3203


Payam Heydari received his B.S. and M.S. degrees (Honors) in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 2001. He is currently a professor of electrical engineering and the EECS associate chair for graduate affairs at the University of California, Irvine.

During the summer of 1997, he was with Bell-Labs, Lucent Technologies, where he worked on noise analysis in high-speed CMOS integrated circuits. He worked at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center on gradient-based optimization and sensitivity analysis of custom ICs during the summer of 1998.

Heydari is the co-recipient of the 2009 Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth UCI Business Plan Competition, organized by the Paul Merage School of Business, First Place Prize Award. He is the recipient of the 2010 Faculty of the Year Award from UC Irvine's Engineering Student Council (ECS), the 2009 Fariborz Maseeh Best Faculty Research Award from the Samueli School, the 2007 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Guillemin-Cauer Award, the 2005 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Award, the 2005 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the 2005 Henry Samueli School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, the Best Paper Award at the 2000 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD, and the 2001 Technical Excellence Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH). He was recognized as the 2004 Outstanding Faculty in the EECS Department at UC Irvine. His research on novel low-power multi-purpose multi-antenna RF front-ends received the Low-Power Design Contest Award at the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Low-Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED).

Heydari is the guest editor of IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He currently serves on the technical program committees of Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) and ISLPED. He served as the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems - I from 2006 to 2008. He was the local arrangement chair of the 2004-05 ISLPED, and the student design contest judge for the 2003 DAC/ISSCC Design Contest Award. He served on the technical program committees of and International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), IEEE Design and Test in Europe (DATE) and International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD). He is the director of the Nanoscale Communication IC (NCIC) Lab.

His research interests include design of ultra-high frequency analog and RF ICs, and high frequency on-chip interconnect design for high-speed ICs. He has published papers in premier conferences on integrated circuit design including ISSCC, CICC, RFIC Symposium, DAC, and ICCAD. Results of the research in the NCIC Lab have appeared in more than 70 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Research topics: 
Design of high-speed Analog, RF, and mixed-signal integrated circuits, and analysis of signal integrity and high-frequency effects of on-chip interconnects in high-speed VLSI circuits.