Director & Professor


Dr. Donald Y.C. Lie  (S’86–M’87–SM’01) received his B.S.E.E. degree from the National Taiwan University in 1987, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering (minor in applied physics) from the Caltech, Pasadena, in 1990 and 1995, respectively. He has held technical and managerial positions at companies such as Rockwell International, Silicon-Wave (now Qualcomm), IBM, Microtune Inc., SYS Technologies, and Dynamic Research Corporation (DRC). He is currently the Keh-Shew Lu Regents Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, and also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), supervising M.D./Ph.D students. He is instrumental in bringing in multi-million dollars research funding and also designed real-world commercial communication products sold internationally. He was a Visiting Lecturer to the ECE Department, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) during 2002-2007 where he taught upper-division and graduate-level classes and affiliated with UCSD’s Center of Wireless Communications (CWC) and co-supervised Ph.D. students. Dr. Lie is currently serving as the General Chair of IEEE VLSI-DAT 2015-2017, the TPC Subcommittee Chair for IEEE RFIC Symp. 2015-16, and also serving on the Executive/Steering Committees of the IEEE RFIC Symp., SiRF, MWSCAS, TSWMCS (Texas Wireless Symp.), and also as a TPC member for IEEE RWS, PAWR, ISCAS, BIOCAS, ASICON, ICSSE, ICBBB and IEEE-NIH LiSSA. Dr. Lie was the Conference General Chair of IEEE BCTM 2014, IEEE SiRF 2014, and the Technical Program Committee (TPC) Chair/co-Chair for IEEE VLSI-DAT 2013-15, IEEE BCTM 2011-13, and IEEE SiRF’11. Dr. Lie has been awarded with the US NAVY SPAWAR SSC San Diego “Center Team Achievement Award”, Spring 2007, won 3 DRC Silver Awards of Excellence, 2005-2007; received IBM "FIRST" chairman patent award, 2001-2002 and Rockwell International’s “FIRST” engineering awards, 1996-1998. He and his students have won 14 Best Graduate Student Paper Awards and Best Paper Awards in international conferences for 1994, 1995, 2006, 2008 (twice), 2010 (thrice), 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Dr. Lie has been serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters (MWCL) since 2010, the Associate Editor-in-Chief for the Open Journal of Applied Biosensor since 2012, the Guest Editor for Biosensors, MDPI, 2016, Guest Editor of IEEE Transaction on Microwave Theory and Techiques, 2017, the Guest Editor for IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC) in 2009, the Special Topic Editor for IEEE MWCL in 2012, etc. Dr. Lie has consulted for several commercial IC design companies and an international research institute, and also on a couple of patents and trade secret litigation cases with some of the largest business litigation firms in the US. Dr. Lie has co-founded the NoiseFigure Research Inc. with his former student Dr. Jerry Lopez since 2009 at Lubbock, Texas, focusing on state-of-the-art RF-SoC technologies and the company has won numerous STTR/SBIR awards and direct contracts and creating jobs. Dr. Lie has authored/coauthored over 190 peer-reviewed technical papers and book chapters and holds seven U.S. patents. Dr. Lie’s group has won 4 DARPA subcontracts in the past 4 years and published three most downloaded TOP 100 papers on highly efficient radio-frequency silicon power amplifier design in the IEEE Xplore™ among millions of publications in Sept. 2012, June 2012, and Sept. 2009 (ranked #80, #88, and #21 for these 3 months, respectively). His research interests are: (1) power-efficient RF/Analog IC and System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design and test, especially on radio-frequency silicon power amplifier (PA) design; and (2) interdisciplinary and clinical research on medical electronics, biosensors, and biosignal processing. 


PhD Students Wanted !!!!

Professor Lie's group is now looking for highly motivated, honest and skilled PhD students interested in radio-frequency integrated circuits (RF IC) and system design and testing to join our 5G RF & millimeter-wave (mmWave) IC Design Team !

Mr. Travis Hall's thesis has been awarded with TTU's First Place Master's Thesis Winner for 2016 in the category of Math, Physical Sciences, and Engineering

Dr. Lie is at San Francisco, CA for the IEEE International Microwave Symposium Week (IMS2016 Week) and he is serving as the Chair of IEEE RFIC Symp

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