Prof. Krishnaswamy Wins Major Federal Grant

Harish Krishnaswamy, assistant professor of electrical engineering, recently received a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Young Faculty Award (YFA) to support his work on active waveguides on silicon. The award includes a grant of $300,000 over two years to explore a new paradigm for integrated electronics that will, he hopes, enable him to break through the limitations of bandwidth and operating frequency faced by conventional electronics.

“If we are successful,” he says, “this research should have a transformational impact on any application where bandwidth and operating frequency are important, including high-speed electronics for communication, imaging, spectroscopy, and radar.”

Krishnaswamy, at left, one of 39 of the brightest young scientists in the U.S. to be selected for this grant, is honored to receive this prestigious award.
“I am also working on two other DARPA programs,” he adds, “and, through DARPA’s support, am able to explore high-risk, high-payoff ideas. I am also very grateful for DARPA's support in non-monetary forms, including mentorship and access to cutting-edge integrated-circuit technologies.”
Krishnaswamy, who joined Columbia Engineering in 2009, received his B. Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, India, in 2001, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. His research interests are focused on the analysis, design, and experimental verification of novel integrated electronic devices, circuits, and systems.
He leads the Columbia high-Speed and Millimeter-wave Integrated Circuit (CoSMIC) lab, which is exploring the fundamental challenges associated with pushing silicon-based electronics into the millimeter-wave (30-300GHz) and terahertz (300GHz-3THz) frequency ranges. These frequencies are one to three orders of magnitude higher than those used by the ubiquitous wireless devices we use in everyday life, such as cell-phones and WiFi, and would enable new applications of electronics in high-data-rate communication, bio-imaging, and bio-spectroscopy.
Through the YFA, DARPA identifies outstanding junior faculty members and exposes them to the Department of Defense (DoD), its needs, and DARPA’s program development process. YFA combines funding, mentoring, and networking with industry and DoD early in a recipient’s career to help them in framing future research in the context of defense needs.
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