MEST Colloquium – Lecture Series


“New Time-Domain Paradigm of RF Design: Personal Journey”


Dr. R. Bogdan Staszewski, TU Delft

Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Time: 16.00 – 17.00

Venue: Collegezaal D, EWI

Free drink follows: 17:00-19:00 /Pub


One of the most important developments in the wireless industry in the last decade was the digitization of RF circuitry. It exploited the incredible advancements of the mainstream CMOS technology in both processing speed and circuit density, as well as the relentless push to reduce total solution costs through integration of RF, analog and digital circuitry. In this low-voltage nanometer-scale CMOS environment, the high-performance RF circuits exploit the time-domain design paradigm and heavily rely on digital assistance. The net effect is that the majority of the new cell phones nowadays are now based on these digitally-intensive techniques. This talk describes the inside view and personal journey of the key inventor of this digital RF technology.


R. Bogdan Staszewski received BSEE (summa cum laude), MSEE and PhD from University of Texas at Dallas, USA, in 1991, 1992 and 2002, respectively. From 1991 to 1995 he was with Alcatel in Richardson, Texas. He joined Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas in 1995. In 1999 he co-started a Digital RF Processor (DRPTM) group with a mission to invent new digitally-intensive approaches to traditional RF functions. Dr. Staszewski has served as a CTO of the DRP group between 2007 and 2009. Since July 2009 he has been Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has authored and co-authored one book, three book chapters, 120 journal and conference publications, and holds 80 issued 40 pending US patents. His research interests include nanoscale CMOS architectures and circuits for frequency synthesizers, transmitters and receivers. He is an IEEE Fellow.


Title: A Career in Perspective

Spearker: Dr. Kees Beenakker, TU Delft


Date:    Monday, 14 February 2011

Time:   13.00 – 13.40

Venue: Collegezaal D, EWI


In this presentation Kees Beenakker will shortly look back at his career starting with his birth in 1948 till his present position at TU Delft.  During his career he was confronted with many questions that the audience might also have, including: why and what should I study; is it possible to have side activities and still finish a Ph.D. on time; why should I do a Ph.D.; and is it wise to stay at the university after a Ph.D.? All of these questions are part of a bigger question, which is what make an excellent career? During and after the presentation there will be ample opportunity for Q&A.



Kees Beenakker was born in Leiden in 1948. He got his M. Sc. and joined as an Ph. D. student the FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam. After he obtained his Ph. D. in 1974 he joined Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. There he was involved in various research projects related to IC technology. In 1982 he moved to the Philips Semiconductor Division in Nijmegen to become head of the corporate assembly process and equipment development. In 1989 Kees Beenakker joined Dimes and is since 1990 full professor at the faculty of EEMCS (Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science). From 1990 till 2004 he was chairman of the ECTM laboratory. From 1999 till 2009 he was chairman of the department of Microelectronics and Computer Engineering. In March 2007 he was appointed scientific director of DIMES, the Delft institute of microsystems and nanoelectronics. Since June 2008 he is elected chaiman of the academic council of Point-One, the national initiative on nanoelectronics and embedded systems. His specific research interests include technology for thin films and integrated circuits.


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Title: Measuring is knowing ...... or is it?

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ir. Jacob T. Fokkema, Applied Physics, TU Delft

Date: Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Time: 16:00 – 16:30

Venue: Collegezaal D, EWI

Free Mest drink follows: 16:45 – 19:00, /Pub



It is a conventional wisdom that Measuring is Knowing. In fact it is one of the oldest dicta of the engineer. In general it is not true. You need a theory to convert your measurement into knowing.

The Earth sends out more signals and we monitor them from all sides. The last years we got
alarming messages: Global temperature rise, CO2 level and sea-level rise, etc. The numbers are
differently interpreted depending on the case where they are used. Although observations are
interpreted in their own right that does not mean that they can be understood together in an
extended context. What we need is an encompassing theory that hosts the complementary
input of the different observations as different aspects of the same “reality”. This would be
helpful in accessing the realistic state of our vulnerable Earth.

Where do we stand as responsible engineers and how do we formulate our challenge in our
expectation of a successful career in the present day economic situation? Is there still a way to


Jacob Tjeerd Fokkema received the degree in electrical engineering from the
polytechnic school of Leeuwarden in 1969 and M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and the
Ph.D. degree in technical sciences from Delft University of Technology in 1976 and 1979,
respectively. In 1982, he was appointed as scientific staff member in the section of Applied
Geophysics of the present Department of Applied Earth Sciences. In 1993, he was appointed
Full Professor of Applied Geophysics at the Applied Earth Science Department and in 1995 he
accepted a co-appointment in geophysics at the Faculty of Applied Physics of Delft University
and in 2001 he was appointed as special professor of applied geophysics at the Free University
of Amsterdam. He is board member of directors of the research school Integrated Solid Earth
Sciences. He was Rector Magnificus of the TU Delft from 2002 till 2010. Since 2010 he is the
chairman of ALW of NWO and Professor of Applied Geophysics in TU Delft. His research
interests are inversion of acoustic and electromagnetic geophysical measurements.



Today’s medical care requires a rapid adoption of new technologies. In particular, we see increasing use of micro-electronics in diagnostics, surgery, implants, pacemakers and other applications. Through micro-electronic systems, it is possible to make tools smaller and more accurate. Therefore, to be informed about new technologies and practical medical applications of Micro- Electronics and Computer Engineering, MEST (Micro-Electronic Systems and Technology Association) kindly invites you to participate in Symposium on Smart Medical Devices on October 6, 2010 in Delft, The Netherlands

Title : MEST Symposium on Smart Medical Systems
Date :                  
October 6, 2010
Place :
Dept. of Architecture,

Building number 8,

Julianalaan 134, Delft
Delft University of Technology
Registration is possible from the 3rd of September via

Fee:                             MEST members                                  Free

TUDelft students or employees          €10

Non- TUDelft                                     €20

Lunch, Coffee, and Booklet are included in the registration fee.


Time                           Description

08:30-09:15                 Registration / Coffee

09:15-09:30                 Welcome and Opening

dr. Ronald Dekker , TUDelft

09:30-10:10                 Fractional Flow Reserve: Integrating Physiology, Technology
and Clinical Cardiology.
Dr. Jan Willem Sels, Catharina Ziekenhuis Eindhoven
10:10-10:25                 Coffee Break

10:25-11:05                 Corporate Venturing: >From Research to Product Development:

Developing a Rapid   and Sensitive Magnetic Biosensor.
André  Immink, Philips Healthcare Incubator

11:10-11:50                 Past, Current & Future X-ray Detectors for Medical Imaging
Tim Poorter, Philips Medical

12:00-13:30                 Lunch

13:30-14:10                 Implantable Hearing Prosthesis: How Interdisciplinary

Research and Development Revolutionize Hearing
Carl van Himbeeck, Cochlear Technology Centre

14:15-14:55                 Wireless Body Networks
Guido Dolmans, IMEC Holst Centre

15:00-15:15                 Coffee Break

15:15-15:55                 Panel discussion

Electronics in Healthcare: “Clinical Pull or Technological Push”
Moderator: dr. Wouter Serdijn

16:00-17:00                 Refreshments

With best regards,

On behalf of MEST