To the untrained ear, the degrees and credentials earned by Broadcom’s deeply talented brain trust can sound like alphabet soup. Engineers’ names are often followed by a trail of patents, products and Ph.D.s that might stymie outsiders but motivate and inspire their colleagues who are savvy enough to recognize legitimate technical breakthroughs when they see them.
Within Broadcom, everybody knows that these accomplishments are what propel the company — and, in many ways, innovation within society — forward. That’s why each year Broadcom hosts a Technical Conference to showcase its engineers’ major technical advances and bestow its best and brightest with even more accolades. Good ideas spawn better ones, and when Broadcom engineers learn what each other are up to, the cross-pollination results in new breakthroughs in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications that will manifest throughout the company.
Earlier this week at the Technical Conference in Irvine, Calif., Broadcom awarded its most prestigious honor — the naming of the Broadcom Fellows — to a select few engineers who have demonstrated tremendous expertise, leadership and creativity in furthering the company’s technical legacy.
In 2013, only two met the very rigorous requirements: Rohit Gaikwad, Ph.D., senior director for Wireless LAN Systems in Broadcom’s Mobile & Wireless Group, and Afshin Momtaz, Ph.D., engineering director for the analog and mixed signal team in Broadcom’s Central Engineering Group. To date, only 26 Broadcom engineers have been named Fellows.
Rohit Gaikwad, Ph.D., is a Senior Director for the Wireless LAN Systems group in the Mobile & Wireless Group. He joined Broadcom in February 2000 as one of the first engineers to work on what was then a totally new technology for the company, Wireless LAN. He played a pivotal role in developing BCM4306, the world’s first 802.11g chipset. He has 19 issued and many more pending patents and 12 journal and conference papers. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.
Afshin Momtaz, Ph.D., an Engineering Director for the analog and mixed signal team in the Central Engineering Group, is recognized for his expertise in multi-GHz wireline transceivers and contributions to Broadcom’s optical and networking products. Afshin led the design of industry first CMOS OC48 and OC192 SONET transceivers that established the foundation of Broadcom’s optical business. His ideas and leadership were critical in the design of Broadcom’s first 10Gbps ADC/DSP based transceivers. He earned a Ph.D. at University of California, Irvine, and an M.S. at University of California, Los Angeles, both in Electrical Engineering.
The company will also laud 16 employees this year who have been recognized as Distinguished Engineers, expert problem-solvers who advise peers in and outside of their own groups. In total, there are now 107 Broadcom Distinguished Engineers. The Distinguished Engineers for 2013 are:
- Jay Ackerman, Technical Director, Central Engineering Group
- Andrew Blanksby, Ph.D., Associate Technical Director, Office of the CTO
- Jun Cao, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Central Engineering Group
- David Erickson, Associate Technical Director, Broadband Systems Group
- Mark Fullerton, Senior Technical Director, Mobile & Wireless Group
- David Garrett, Ph.D., Associate Technical Director, Office of the CTO
- Ariel Hendel, Senior Technical Director, Infrastructure & Networking Group
- Andy Hulbert, Technical Director, Broadband Communication Group
- Kimmer (Hea Joung) Kim, Ph.D., Director, Mobile & Wireless Group
- Avi Kliger, Senior Technical Director, Broadband Communication Group
- George Kondylis, Ph.D., Associate Technical Director, Mobile & Wireless Group
- Kishore Kota, Ph.D, Technical Director, Infrastructure & Networking Group
- Hui Luo, Ph.D., Associate Technical Director, Mobile & Wireless Group
- Michael Pan, Associate Technical Director, Mobile & Wireless Group
- Hemal Shah, Ph.D., Technical Director, Infrastructure & Networking Group
- Ling Su, Senior Manager, Mobile & Wireless Group