Faculty promotion for Ruonan Han

Han promoted to Associate Professor without tenure.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science announced the promotion of Ruonan Han to Associate Professor without Tenure on March 23, 2018. The promotions are effective July 1.

Ruonan Han, Associate Professor without Tenure
Ruonan Han received a PhD degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in January 2014. After a short stint as a research scientist at Cornell, he joined MIT as an assistant professor in July 2014, and he is also a core faculty member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL). His work focuses on pushing the fundamental limits of chip-scale electronics and exploring new application opportunities in the realms of sensing and communications. In particular, he is pursuing critical problems in the important "terahertz gap" (0.1-10 THz).

Han's work has generated multiple records in the performance metrics of silicon-based THz circuits, including the highest radiated power and the highest detection sensitivity. In addition, his group invented a new sensor architecture that maintains high efficiency across a scalable, broad bandwidth. His group also demonstrated new applications of THz chips beyond traditional wireless radio and non-invasive imaging: molecular spectroscopy with high specificity, ultra-broadband inter-chip link through a THz dielectric waveguide, and most recently, fully-electronic time-keeping with a molecular clock.

Han's awards include an NSF CAREER Award and best student paper awards at the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) and IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium. He also received Cornell's award for the best PhD thesis. At MIT, he has taught multiple courses in circuits, and contributed to the development of other courses in that subject. He served as the workshop chair of the 2016 IEEE International Wireless Symposium and is steering-committee member for the 2019 IEEE International Microwave Symposium, the flagship conference for the microwave theory and technique society.

We offer our sincere congratulations to Prof. Han!

--Microsystems Technology Laboratories