|Dr. Lin is a Fellow of IEEE. He has 30 years of experience working on RF and wireless technologies in industry, academia, and government. His work covered various aspects of RF and wireless from device characterization, circuit design, to system integration and applications. His past projects involved various semiconductor technologies (Si, SiGe, GaAs, InP, GaN, ZnO).|
Dr. Lin received the B.S. degree in Electrophysics from National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan in 1987. He came to Los Angeles in 1990 for graduate study, and received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1991 and 1994, respectively.
After receiving his doctoral degree In April 1994 and working briefly as a postdoctoral researcher for a few months, Dr. Lin joined AT&T Bell Labs (became Lucent Bell Labs in 1997) at Murray Hill, New Jersey as a Member of Technical Staff. He later became the Technical Manager of RF and High Speed Circuit Design Research in 2000. While at Bell Labs, he was working on microwave and millimeter-wave circuits using various technologies for the development of early wireless communications. These include 3G, wireless LAN, and point-to-point link (28 and 38 GHz). In September 2001, he joined Agere Systems, a spin-off from Lucent Technologies, where he was involved with high speed CMOS circuit design for optical and backplane communications. In July 2003, he joined University of Florida as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in August 2007. He retired from University of Florida on January 28, 2022.
At University of Florida, Dr. Lin served as the Chair of Electronics Division in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from Fall 2008 to Spring 2010. He was elected as a Faculty Senator in UF Faculty Senate and a member of College of Engineering Faculty Council for the term of 2006-2009, contributing to the revision of college constitution reflecting shared governance and the revision of tenure & promotion practices. Dr. Lin was invited for summer visits and international collaborations at several institutions. He was a Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University in summer 2006, a Visiting Researcher at NTT Microsystem Integration Laboratories in summer 2010, a Visiting Chair Professor at National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, in summer 2012, and gave a short course at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in summer 2016 as an Honorary Chair Professor.
In October 2016, Dr. Lin was appointed as a Program Director of Communications, Circuits, and Sensing Systems (CCSS) in the Engineering Directorate’s Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division at National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignments (a.k.a. Rotator Program Director). At NSF, Dr. Lin led the CCSS program, managed several cross-cutting programs involving wireless, spectrum, semiconductor, security, machine learning, and worked on new initiatives in these areas. He was also a member of Wireless Spectrum R&D Interagency Working Group (WSRD) under NITRD, involving with coordination and planning of strategic priorities. He continued to serve at NSF for close to the maximum term of 4 years, and returned to UF for full-time research and teaching in August 2020. In September 2021, he was appointed as an Expert for the NSF ECCS CCSS program. He joined NSF as a full-time program director on January 30, 2022.
Dr. Lin’s research interests include sensors and biomedical applications of microwave and millimeter-wave technologies, wireless energy transfer and conversion, RF system-on-chip integration, and integrated antennas. In particular, his research has been focusing on wireless power and biomedical radar. In addition, he has been working with his collaborators to develop a rapid bio-sensing technology for detecting troponin, SARS-CoV-2, or other biomarkers. Dr. Lin has authored or co-authored more than 300 technical publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He holds 23 patents and has several other patent applications. Several of his patents have been licensed. He gave more than 100 invited talks (including keynotes, seminars, tutorials, workshops) in conferences and to universities and industry. An updated list of his publications and patents can be found on Google Scholar. The list of publications can also be found using his ORCID ID, or his Scopus author profile. Since joining University of Florida, he has graduated 29 PhD students.
Dr. Lin’s past graduate and undergraduate teaching covered electronic circuits, antennas, RF electronics, RF circuits and systems. He taught EEL4461/5462 Antenna Systems/Advanced Antenna Systems multiple times since 2006. This course covers theory, analysis, and design of various types of antennas and their applications in wireless systems. ANSYS HFSS is used as the electromagnetic simulation tool to design and simulate the antennas. He taught EEE6374 RF Circuits and Systems multiple times since 2003. EEE6374 covers multiple practical aspects from spectrum regulation and standards to physical layer transceiver hardware and design specs. The objective is to let students learn how the wireless system standards evolved, how to design a transceiver satisfying system specifications, how the spectrum regulations affect the wireless technology development, and what to expect for the future research and development of wireless technologies and applications. Because of its unique coverage of multiple subjects related to RF and the course materials not from conventional textbooks, EEE6374 does not require a textbook and will use lecture notes updated every year with newest trends in RF.
Before joining UF and while working in Bell Labs, Dr. Lin taught a short course on RFIC design and wireless communication systems for various groups in industry and academia, which eventually led to the development of EEE6374 he teaches in UF.
Dr. Lin served as an elected IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Administrative Committee (AdCom) voting member for two terms in 2006-2011, and served as the Chair of Technical Coordinating Committee 2010-2011, overseeing all technical committees and exploring new technical fields. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques from 2006 to 2010 and served as the Transactions’s Editor-in-Chief for the term 2014-2016. Dr. Lin has been a member of four MTT technical committees: Biological Effects and Medical Applications, Wireless Communications, RFIC, and Wireless Energy Transfer and Conversion which he co-founded in 2011 and served as its chair in 2013-2015. He chaired the MTT-S Tatsuo Itoh Prize award subcommittee from 2019 to 2021 and the MTT-S Fellow Evaluating Committee from 2021 to 2022.
In addition to the leadership roles in MTT-S AdCom, publications, and technical committees, Dr. Lin also served on several conference steering committees and technical program committees, including International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC), Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS). He was the General Chair of 2008 IEEE RFIC Symposium and the Technical Program Co-Chair of the same conference in 2006 and 2007, the Technical Program Chair of 2009 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium, and the General Co-Chair of 2012 Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC). He chaired the 2021 IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference (WPTC) organizing committee and co-chaired the 2021 IEEE Wireless Power Week (WPW), which attracted more than 2500 registered attendees. Besides IEEE, Dr. Lin has been serving on advisory committees and advisory boards for a few other organizations.
Awards and Honors
Dr. Lin was elevated to the Fellow of IEEE in 2010 for his contributions to integrated microwave circuits and systems for wireless sensors. He received 1994 UCLA Outstanding Ph.D. Award, 1997 ETA KAPPA NU Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Honorable Mention Award, 2007 IEEE MTT-S N. Walter Cox Award, 2016 NCTU Distinguished Alumnus Award, and 2016 IEEE RFIC Symposium Tina Quach Outstanding Service Award. He received the University of Florida Technology Innovator Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017 for patents licensed in prior calendar year.
Dr. Lin and his students and collaborators received several best paper awards in IEEE conferences, including the 2021 IEEE Radio-Frequency Integration Technology Student Paper Competition Award, 2021 IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference Student Paper Competition 2nd Place Award, the 2018 IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference Best Student Paper Award, the 2016 IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference Best Student Paper Award Second Place, the 2016 IEEE Radio and Wireless Week BioWireless Best Student Paper Award Second Place, the 2015 IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference Best Paper Award voted by all attendees, the 2015 IEEE IMWS-Bio Best Student Paper Award First Place, 2014 IEEE MTT-S Student Design Competition High Sensitivity Radar 3rd Place Award, 2010 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium Best Student Paper Award 3rd place, 2007 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium Best Student Paper Award 2nd place, 2003 IEEE International Microwave Symposium Best Student Paper Award, and 1997 IEEE International Microwave Symposium Best Student Paper Award 2nd place. His students also received several IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award and Undergraduate Scholarship Award. In 2011, he and his students formed a team for Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project Competition and was selected as one of the five finalists.