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Montazeri Wins First Prize in Electronics Area at Applied Superconductivity Conference Best Student Paper Contest

Shirin Montazeri


Doctoral student Shirin Montazeri of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department won the first prize in the electronics area of the Applied Superconductivity Conference Best Student Paper Contest, held on September 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The title of her winning paper was “A 220 GHz Compact SIS Receiver Module Utilizing a Broadband High-Gain Ultra-Low-Power IF Amplifier.”

The award was accompanied by a $750 cash award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Council on Superconductivity and an inscribed certificate. Montazeri’s prize was presented after the plenary session of the Applied Superconductivity Conference on September 9. See conference website: Applied Superconductivity Conference Best Student Paper Contest.

The extended abstracts in each of the three contest areas (Large Scale, Materials, and Electronics) were evaluated by three panels of judges who are experts in the respective areas. The finalists were required to make an oral presentation at a Student Competition session. Each finalist was given 15 minutes for making his/her presentation and five minutes to answer questions from the panel and the audience. The panel of judges evaluated each finalist using the submitted extended abstract, the oral presentation at the Student Competition session, and answers to questions following the oral presentations.

Last spring, Montazeri was also awarded a fellowship of $6,000 from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship program. Ms. Montazeri’s Ph.D. advisor is Professor Joseph Bardin.

As Professor Bardin said about Montazeri, “Her research is focused on ultra-low-power cryogenic low-noise amplifiers, and she has recently reported an order-of-magnitude improvement in DC power consumption over the previous state of the art. Furthermore, she has worked with collaborators at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to show that these power saving can be leveraged to implement more scalable cryogenically cooled THz receiver systems, which are desired for Radio Astronomy applications.” (September 2016)