Mehdi Kiani, Ph.D.

      Director of Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory (ICSL)

      Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

      The Pennsylvania State University

      Email: mkiani [at]

Mehdi Kiani was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1983. He received his B.S. degree at Shiraz University in 2005 and his M.S. degree at Sharif University of Technology in 2008. He designed RF circuits such as oscillators and synthesizers during his MS studies. Mehdi started his Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009 in GT-Bionics lab under the supervision of Dr. Maysam Ghovanloo. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In his Ph.D., he developed novel circuit- and system-level techniques for wireless interfacing of advanced implantable microelectronic devices. Mehdi was a postdoctoral fellow at GT-Bionics lab in 2014 prior to joining Penn State as an assistant professor in Aug. 2014.

Mehdi’s research interests include analog, mixed-signal, RF, and power-management integrated circuits and systems for wireless healthcare monitoring, neural interfacing, implantable microelectronic devices, wireless sensing/actuating, energy harvesting, low-power short-range telemetry, assistive technologies, and structural health monitoring.

Mehdi is the recipient of the Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Best PhD Thesis Award,  Georgia Tech Chih Foundation Research Award for excellent research in the fields of engineering and health sciences, the Penn State Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professorship, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award.

Postdoctoral Associates:

Chenyuan Zhao received his B.Sc. degree in Automation from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunication in 2007. He received his M.Sc. degree in Communication and Systems from JiNan University in 2012. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2019. In his Ph.D., he developed novel CMOS analog temporal spiking encoding/decoding interface circuits for spiking neural networks. He joined Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory (ICSL) in Jan. 2020 as a Postdoctoral Scholar. His research interests include analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for low-power biomedical implantable applications and spiking neuromorphic computing systems.



PhD Students:

Philip Graybill received his B.Sc. in Music Education from Messiah College in 2005 (summa cum laude) and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Penn State University (Schreyer Honors College) in May 2016 (also summa cum laude).  Phil interned with the Signal Integrity team at FCI, Inc., and at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he performed research on numerical calibration techniques.  He received the University Graduate Fellowship from Penn State in the spring of 2016.  He joined ICSL in Aug. 2016 as a PhD student. Phil’s main research interest is electronic system design for biomedical applications.



Zeinab Kashani received her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran, in 2012. She received her M.Sc. degree in Microelectronics from Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, in 2015. In her B.Sc. thesis, she designed GPS tracker system. Her M.Sc. thesis was titled “Design of a low phase noise mm-wave quadrature VCO”. She participated as a programmer, electronic circuits designer and senior embedded system engineer on designing and manufacturing RFID systems, smart wearable devices, Rehabilitation wearable Exoskeleton robot for disabled patients, Intelligent Electrical Hanger, and Ultraviolet Detector of Flame in Incinerator and other high tech. systems from 2012- 2018, in knowledge based companies in Iran. She joined ICSL in Jan. 2019 as a Ph.D. student. Her research interests include Implantable biomedical application, mm-wave and RF integrated circuits design.


Sheikh Jawad Ilham has received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, in 2014. He has received his M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, in 2018. In his master’s thesis, he developed an ultrasonic stimulation and single unit recording setup, and studied the neuromodulatory effects of ultrasound on neuronal conductivity. He also, worked with ultrasonic spinal cord stimulation, electrophysiological recordings, and cystometric evaluations to study altered bladder functions, in vivo. He is an artificial intelligence (AI) enthusiast. He joined the ICSL in August 2019 as a PhD student. His major research focus includes developing instrumentation and systems for ultrasound neuromodulation and implantable medical devices.



Sujay Hosur received his B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka, India, in 2017. He received his M.S. degree from Penn State University in 2019. For his undergraduate final year project, he worked on optimization problems such as Genetic Algorithm (GA) and Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) applied to PID controllers. For his master’s thesis, his research focused on the Multi-modal Eyelid Drive System at ICSL. Starting 2020, he is working towards his Ph.D. degree at ICSL. His research interests include machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), integrated circuit design and biomedical devices.


Ardavan Javid received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2011 and 2014, respectively. For his B.Sc. and MSc. theses, he developed wireless demodulator integrated circuits for implantable biomedical microsystems. From 2014 to 2018, he worked as an R&D electrical engineer in designing circuits and developing firmware for embedded systems in medical instruments and smart home companies while collaborating with K. N. Toosi Uni. of Tech. as an adjunct instructor in the electrical & computer engineering department. He joined the ICSL in August 2020 as a Ph.D. student. His research interests include integrated circuits, biomedical circuits & systems, and machine learning.


MS Students:

  • Jingqian Zhao
  • Junda Feng
  • Chris Wible

Undergraduate Students:

  • Hsin-Ho Chou


Hesam Sadeghi Gougheri, PhD, 2020 (Currently at Ferric, Inc.)

Hesam Sadeghi received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, in 2012. He received his M.Sc. degree in Microelectronics from Sharif University of Technology in 2014. In his B.Sc. thesis, he designed low-power circuits for signal processing of gas sensors.  His M.Sc. thesis was titled “Modeling and Improvement of Phase Noise in Ring Oscillators”.  He joined ICSL in Aug. 2015 as a Ph.D. student. His research interests include mm-wave and RF circuits design and Low-power biomedical circuits.

Miao Meng, PhD, 2019 (Currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSD)                                                                                                                   Miao Meng received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin, in May 2011, and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY in December 2012. He interned as an IC Designer and worked on level shifter optimization for I/O interface at IBM, China. In Aug. 2014, he joined ICSL as a PhD student and worked on ultrasound-based wireless power transfer and data communication to/with miniature implantable devices.

Ahmed Ibrahim, PhD, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                 Ahmed Ibrahim received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees both in electrical engineering from Ain-Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2008 and 2014, respectively. From 2008 to 2011, he was working as an RF design engineer at Sysdsoft, Cairo, Egypt, where he designed ADCs. From 2011 to 2014, he worked as an analog design engineer at Si-ware systems, Cairo, Egypt. He joined ICSL in Aug. 2014 where he worked towards his PhD on integrated circuit design for bio and wireless applications, as well as wireless power transfer.

Sujay Sheshagiri Hosur, MS, 2019 (Digital Design Engineer at Codelucida; Current: PhD student at PSU)

Pin Tsai, MS, 2019 (Currently at Delta Electronics, Inc., CA)

Gaurav Ramesh Datta, MS (co-advisor), 2019

Amogh Adishesha, MS (co-advisor), 2018 (Currently a PhD Student at PSU)

Enhao Zhang, MS, 2018 (Currently at Maxim Integrated Products)

Shenqi Zhao, MS, 2017

Jinbo Liu, MS, 2016

Previous Undergraduate Students:

  • Erica Venkatesulu, BS, 2020
  • Conghao Liu, BS, 2020
  • Gengfu Yang, BS, 2020
  • Shengkai Xu, BS, 2020
  • Mingkai Zhang, BS, 2020
  • Yixin Xiong, BS, 2019
  • Miral Gandhi, BS, 2019
  • John Stevens, BS, 2019
  • Jacob Haiman, BS, 2018
  • Ryan Mbagna-Nanko, BS, 2018
  • Cody Dillinger, BS, 2018
  • Ruixiao  Zhang, BS, 2017
  • Yida Yuan, BS, 2017
  • Alexander Wildgoose, BS, 2017
  • Richard Pier, BS, 2017
  • Ecenaz Asku, BS, 2016
  • Andrew Liu, BS, 2016
  • Jason Ling, BS, 2016
  • Meng Kry, BS, 2016
  • Yifan Zhang, BS, 2016
  • Mike Tran, BS, 2016
  • Matt Peretic, BS, 2016
  • Philip Graybill, BS, 2016
  • Kevin O’Donnell, BS, 2015
  • Zicheng Li, BS, 2015
  • Louis van der Elst, BS, 2015
  • Viraj Patel, BS, 2014-2015
  • John Duong, BS, 2014

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