Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA
Alberto Valdes-Garcia Received the B.S. in Electronic Systems Engineering degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Campus Toluca, Mexico in 1999 (highest honors as best score from all majors) and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2006.In 2000 he was a Design Engineer with Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector. During his graduate studies, he held internships with Agere Systems (former Lucent Technologies, now LSI) and IBM Research in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Since January 2006 he has been a Research Staff Member with the Communication and Computation Subsystems Department, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. His present research work is on silicon- integrated millimeter-wave communication systems and carbon electronics. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Valdes-Garcia served in the IEEE 802.15.3c 60GHz standardization committee and from 2010 to 2012 in the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC). Since 2009 he serves as Technical Advisory Board member with Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), where he served as Chair of the Integrated Circuits and Systems Sciences Coordinating Committee in 2011 and 2012. Since 2013 he is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. He holds 6 issued US patents with 20+ pending. His scholarly work (60+ authored or co-authored publications) has already received more than 950 independent citations in indexed journals. He served as Guest Editor for IEEE Design & Test in 2012, and he is a co-Editor of the book 60GHz technology for Gbps WLAN and WPAN: From Theory to Practice (Wiley, 20011). Dr. Valdes-Garcia is the winner of the 2005 Best Doctoral Thesis Award presented by the IEEE Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC), the recipient of the 2007 National Youth Award for Outstanding Academic Achievements, presented by the President of Mexico, and a co-recipient of the 2010 George Smith Award presented by the IEEE Electron Devices Society. Within IBM, he has been a co-recipient of two Research Division Awards (2012), an IBM Corporate Outstanding Innovation Award for the demonstration of wireless high definition video links with 60GHz SiGe radios (2008), and the 2009 Pat Goldberg Memorial Award to the best paper in computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics published by IBM Research for the work Operation of Graphene Transistors at GHz Frequencies (Nano Letters, 2009).