Electrical and Computer Engineering

Carlos Saavedra, P.Eng.

Biographical Sketch

Carlos Saavedra received the B.Sc. degree from the University of Virginia* in 1993 and the Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1998, both in electrical engineering.

From 1998 to 2000 he was a Senior Engineer at Millitech Corporation in Massachusetts where he designed front-end transceiver modules for 28 GHz and 38 GHz broadband communications systems. In 2000 he joined the faculty of Queen's University at Kingston where he now holds the rank of Professor. He served as Graduate Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from 2007 to 2010.

Prof. Saavedra is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, is Section Chair of the NSERC Discovery Grants Evaluation Group 1510 (ECE) and is a member of the technical program committee (TPC) of the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS). He served as Chair of the IEEE MTT-S Technical Coordinating Committee on Signal Generation and Frequency Conversion and was Guest Editor of the September 2013 Focus Issue of the IEEE Microwave Magazine on the 100 Years of Mixer Technology. He was on the Steering Committee of the 2012 IEEE IMS (Montreal) and was on the TPC of the IEEE RFIC Symposium from 2008 to 2011. Prof. Saavedra is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is a registered professional engineer (P. Eng.) in the province of Ontario, Canada.

For a full curriculum vitae, click here.

Recent Awards:

  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award, 2011 to 2014.
  • Third-year ECE undergraduate teaching award, 2012-2013.
  • Third-year ECE undergraduate teaching award, 2011-2012.
  • Co-author, Best Student Paper at the 2009 IEEE SiRF Conference.

Research Interests:

  • millimeter-wave technology for 5G communications
  • active microwave/millimeter-wave circuits
  • applied electromagnetics
  • ultra low-power integrated circuits
  • digitally-assisted microwave circuits
  • terahertz technology

Important sectors of the world economy beyond the telecommunications industry are becoming fundamentally dependent on wireless technology in a manner that they were not before.  This trend is exemplified by the massive investments that automotive companies are making in wireless technology research and development because as autonomous vehicles enter the mass market in the next 5 to 10 years they will transform society in very significant ways.  Our research interests cover all aspects of microwave and millimeter-wave wireless technology. From applied electromagnetics, to integrated circuit design, to full wireless link design, we are advancing the state of the art in high-frequency technology to meet society's needs for ever faster, more energy efficient and more ubiqutous wireless links.

Gigahertz Integrated Circuits Group Website


Office: Walter Light Hall, Room 518
E-mail: saavedra {at} queensu.ca | Tel: +1 (613) 533-2807 | Cell: +1 (613) 453-8719

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