Doctoral student, Mahmoud Ouda, won "Best out of the box solution" prize at the eighth microelectronics olympiad held October 15-19 in Yerevan, Armenia, This year's event was held in cooperation with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC). Olympiad topics for 2013 included Digital IC Design and Test, Analog and Mixed-Signal IC Design and Test, Semiconductor Devices and Technology, and Mathematic and Algorithmic Issues of Electronic Design Automation (EDA).
This year, the number and diversity of participants grew dramatically, attracting 613 young engineers from 22 countries. The Olympiad welcomed participants from Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Vietnam and the USA. More details online
Mahmoud got his bachelors and masters degree from Ain Shams university, Egypt and is currently doing his PhD at the electrical engineering department at KAUST under the supervision of Prof. Khaled Salama. His research is on developing On-Chip RF Energy Harvesting modules to deliver power to wireless sensors from incoming RF signals. This module provides a platform for battery-less, miniaturized wireless sensors that can be implanted inside human body to monitor physical properties such as: pressure or temperature and send the reading wirelessly to an external reader. This work can find further application in biomedical implants, asset management, goods tracking in supply chain, contactless smart cards, and wireless sensors in smart buildings and home automation.