Education

Education
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015

Masters of Science

Sharif University of Technology

- GPA of 18.08/20 (3.7/4.0) via 23 credits, 1'st rank in the class of 2013 major of Microelectronics.

- Expected graduation: June 2015.

- Thesis: Design and implementation of a "UWB RFID Reader Front-end in 0.18um CMOS."

- Advisor: Prof. Ali Fotowat-Ahmady

2008 - 2013

Bachelor of Science

Sharif University of Technology

- Graduated with a GPA of 17.36/20 (3.58/4.0), via 149 credits

- Undergraduate Thesis: Design and Implementation of a New Method to Measure Critical Current Density of Superconductor Bulk, Under supervision of Dr. Fardmanesh

- GPA of 18.06/20 (3.77/4.0) for upper-division courses (last 80 credits)

- Advisor: Dr. Ali Fotowat-Ahmadi

Research Interests

CMOS ICs and Transceiver Design

RFIC circuits and systems Design

Biomedical circuits and systems

Publications

    • Nikoofard, S. Kananian, A. Fotowat-Ahmady, “A Calibration Technique for Phase and Gain Mismatches in Image-Reject Receivers ”, AEU - International Journal of Electronics and Communications, Volume 69, Issue 5, May 2015, Pages 823-835. 
    • A. Nikoofard, S. Kananian, A. Fotowat-Ahmady, “Phase Calibration In Mutual Injection-Pulled Quadrature Oscillators ”, Accepted for oral presentation at 58’th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS 2015), June 2015.
    •  A. Nikoofard, S. Kananian, B. Behmanesh, S. M. Atarodi, A. Fotowat-Ahmady, “Analysis of the Effect of Non-idealities on N-Phase High-Q Band-pass Filters ”, Accepted for poster presentation in ISCAS’2015, May 2015.

    •  A. Nikoofard, S. Kananian, B. Behmanesh, S. M. Atarodi, A. Fotowat-Ahmady, “Analysis of the Effect of Clock Skew on 4-Phase High-Q Band-pass Filters ”, Accepted for oral presentation at 13’th IEEE Int.  NEWCAS Conf., Apr. 2015. 

    •  M. Marvi, A. Fotowat-Ahmady, S. Kananian, A. Zabetian, “A Low Distortion Self-Oscillating Power Factor Correction Circuit ”, IEEE J. of Ind. Elec., Nov. 2014.

    • Translation of the book “RF Microelectronics (2nd Edition) by Prof.   Behzad Razavi” into Persian, Under supervision of Prof. Ali Fotowat-Ahmady, 2014.

    • N. Hosseini, A. Zabetian, S. Kananian, M. Fardmanesh, “Measurement of Critical Current Density in Bulk Superconductors  Based on Small Point Contact Characterization ”, Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 1485-1488, May 2013.

    •  N. Hosseini, S. Kananian, A. Zabetian , M. Fardmanesh,“Point Contact Based Method to Measure Critical Current Density of Superconductor Bulk ”, Physics Procedia, Volume 20, Issue 1, 2011, Also Presented in EUCAS 2011.

    • S. M. Atarodi, S. Kananian, Z. Fazel, Writing a textbook titled “Analog and Radio Frequency Integrated Filters ” in Farsi, In progress.

    Extracurricular Activities

    Sports, Traveling, Language Learning

    Academic Projects

    • Design and Layout of a cognitive radio receiver frond-end in 0.18um technology with active area of 3 square millimeter, Summer and Fall 2014. 
    • Design and Layout of a standard library cell in 0.18um technology, Course Project for Digital Electronics" with Prof. Hajsadeghi, Fall 2013.
    • Design and Layout of a Band-gap Reference for a bias chip using Cadence in 0.18um technology, Summer 2012 - Present
    • A new method for calculating Jc in conductors as my undergraduate thesis under supervision of Dr. Fardmanesh, Summer 2011 - Winter 2011.
    • Design and PCB Implementation of an AVR-Based Voltage Multimeter with a graphical interface implemented using Assembly Language, Course Project for "Microprocessor Systems Design", Spring 2011.
    • Design of Wideband CMOS Operational Amplifier, with emphasis on frequency response compensation and slew rate, Course Project for “CMOS I", Dr. Sharif-Bakhtiar, Fall 2011.
    • Design of Wideband CMOS Operational Amplifier, with emphasis on frequency response compensation and slew rate, Course Project for “Electronics III", Dr. Sharif-Bakhtiar, Spring 2011.
    • Design of a BJT Operational Amplifier, with emphasis on frequency response compensation and settling time, Course Project for “Electronics III", Dr. Sharif-Bakhtiar, Spring 2011.
    • Design of a Triac-based Switch Circuit to replace a mechanical relay, Summer 2010.
    • Design of a low-distortion Signal Generator with square, triangle and sinusoidal output, variable frequency and amplitude, Course Project for \Principles of Electronics", Fall 2009. 

    Language Proficiency

    English :Fluent

    TOEFL iBT Score = 117/120 - August 2013 (R : 29, L : 28, S : 30, W : 30)

    Persian :Native 

    GRE Paper-based (Nov. 2013) - Verbal: 157, Quantitative: 166, Writing: 4.5.

    Teaching Experience

    Teaching Assistant at Laboratory of “Principles of Elecronics” with Dr. Sadeghi                    Fall 2010

    Course TA for the course “PElec” with Dr. Sadeghi                                                                         Fall 2010

    Teaching Assistant at Sharif University of Technology Language Center with Dr. Alemi        Fall 2009

    Teaching Assistant at Laboratory of “Principles of E.E.” with Dr. Alavi                                       Fall 2009

    Teaching Assistant at Sharif University of Technology Language Center with Dr. Alemi        Spring 2010

    Teaching Assistant for the course “Technical English- Electrical” with Mr. Hatef                      Spring 2010

    Teaching Assistant for the course “Technical English- Electrical” with Dr. Vazirnejad             Summer 2010

    Teaching Assistant for the course “Technical English- Electrical” with Mr. Hatef                     Fall 2010

    Teaching Assistant at Laboratory of “Principles of E.E.” with Dr. Mashhadi                              Spring 2010

    Teaching Assistant at Laboratory of “Analog Circuits” with Dr. Alavi                                          Spring 2010

    Reader for the course “Analog Circuits” with Dr. Sarvari                                                                Spring 2010

    Teaching Assistant at Laboratory of “Logic Circuits” with Dr. Tabandeh                                   Fall 2010

    Course TA for the course “Analog Circuits” with Dr. Shabany                                                       Fall 2010

    Teaching Assistant at Laboratory of “Principles of E.E.” with Dr. Fardmanesh                         Fall 2010

    Reader for the course “Analog Circuits” with Dr. Shabany                                                             Fall 2010

    Teaching Assistant at Laboratory of “Logic Circuits” with Dr. Tabandeh                                   Spring 2011

    Teaching Assistant at Laboratory of “Logic Circuits” with Dr. Momtazpoor                               Spring 2011

    Teaching Assistant at Laboratory of “Analog Circuits” with Dr. Shabany                                   Spring 2011

    Reader for the course “Solid State Device Electronics” with Dr. Fardmanesh                         Spring 2011

    Course TA for the course “Electronics II” with Dr. Fotowat-Ahmady                                            Spring 2011

    Lab Assistance for the course "RF Communication Circuits" with Dr. Medi                              Spring 2013

    Course TA  for the course "Analog Electronics" with Dr. Atarodi, Spring 2014

    Course TA  for the course "Optical IC (Graduate course)" with Dr. Fotowat-Ahmady, Fall 2014

    Course TA  for the course "RF Communication Circuits" with Dr. Fotowat-Ahmady, Fall 2014

    Honors and Awards

    Ranked 142nd out of 500,000 participants in Irans University Entrance Exam for B.Sc. degree, 2008.

    Ranked 17th in the class of 2008 (Major of Electronics) at Sharif University of Technology.

    Ranked 5th Best B.Sc. Thesis Poject among more than 40 participants at Sharif University, Summer 2012.

    Ranked 43rd in the Iran's University Entrance Exam for M.Sc. degree, February 2013

    Student member of IEEE since March 2013.

    Student member of the Society of Solid State Circuits (SSCS) since March 2013.

    Relevant Courses

    "RFIC" with Prof. Sharif-Bakhtiar 17.9/20 (top mark)

    "Optical IC" with Prof. Fotowat-Ahmady 19/20

    "Integrated Filter Design" with Prof. Atarodi 16.5/20

    IC CAD Tools (Cadence) ” with Dr.Medi, 18/20

    Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits Design” with Dr.Sharif Bakhtiar, 17.7/20

    RF Communication Circuits” with Dr.Medi 17/20

    Principles of Electrical Engineering” with Dr.Sadeghi 19.5/20

     “Signals and Systems” with Dr.Behroozi 17/20

     “Analog Electronics (Electronics III)” with Dr.Medi 17.5/20

    Communication Systems” with Dr.Behroozi 18/20               

    Microprocessors Systems Design” with Dr.Vosoughi 19.5/20

    Pulse Technique and Switching Circuits” with Dr.Bagheri-Shouraki 20/20

    Power Electronics” with Dr.Mokhtari, 20/20

    Software Proficiency

    Expert: Orcad, PSpice and Schematic, HSpice, Cadence, MATLAB, Altium Designer (PCB layout)

    Intermediate: Quartus 4.2, Simulink, Proteus, LATEX

    Voluntary Experiences

    Design of a new set of instructions for the laboratory of “Logic Circuits and Digital Systems” under supervision of Dr.Tabandeh, Summer & Fall 2010, available here.

    Revision of “Principles of  Electronics” Lab Manual with Dr.Fotowat-Ahmady, Summer 2011