UF Electrical Engineer wins Prestigious DARPA Fellowship Award

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Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian

Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian, assistant professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian has been selected to receive a  highly prestigious Director’s Fellowship from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Tabrizian is the first faculty member at UF to receive this highly competitive fellowship award. The Director’s Fellowship is awarded to just a handful of exceptionally talented researchers who have previously been awarded the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA), a distinction earned by Dr. Tabrizian in 2019.

The DARPA YFA is a highly competitive research program among assistant and associate professors in a wide range of research—from engineering, physics, chemistry to computer science and social science. The target of the YFA program is to identify, engage, and develop rising stars in academia to enable pivotal breakthrough technologies for national security. At the end of the initial two-year program, DARPA YFA awardees with exceptional technical accomplishments and leadership are selected for the highly competitive Director’s Fellowship which provides funding and support for a third year to extend their impactful and risk-taking research explorations.

The fellowship award will fund Dr. Tabrizian’s project, “Ferroelectrically Transduced Ge Nano-Fin Bulk Acoustic Resonators for Chip-Scale Instinctually Adaptive RF Spectral Processing” for an additional year.

We are very honored to be recognized and supported by DARPA for our research efforts. The project that received the Director’s Fellowship Award will have a substantial impact on wireless communication systems and contribute to fundamentally resolving the limitations to spectrum access.

This multidisciplinary project relies on fundamental material science, device physics, and engineering innovations to bend the fundamental limits of linear spectral processors to make them instinctively intelligent!

Such instinctive spectral processors will provide everyone with access to broadband wireless spectrum without being influenced or suppressed by jammers or interference.

–Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian

Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian is an assistant professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) since 2015 and the Alan Hasting Faculty Fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Tabrizian is the director of the Phononics, Sensors, and Actuators (PSAC) Lab and a member of the Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group (IMG).

Dr. Tabrizian is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2018, the 2021 HWCOE Pramod P. Khargonekar Award for the most outstanding junior faculty member undergoing tenure review, the ECE Professor of the Year Award in 2019, the ECE Teaching Excellence Award in 2018, as well as several best paper awards in top-tier conferences in the fields of solid-state electronic devices, micro-electro-mechanical systems, and transducers.