Early Career Award


Sponsor:  IEEE Electron Devices Society


Scope:  To promote, recognize, and support early career technical development within the Electron Devices Society's field of interest


Eligibility:  Nominees are required to be IEEE EDS members.  Nominees must have received their first professional degree within the tenth year defined by the August 15 nomination deadline.  Nominators are required to be IEEE EDS members. Previous recipients of this award are ineligible. Self-nominations are not accepted or considered. Members of the EDS Awards Committee and voting members of the Early Career Award Committee are not permitted to submit or endorse nominations.


Prize: The award consists of a plaque and $1,000


Basis for judging:  The basis for judging includes such factors as; the demonstration of field leadership in a specific area; specific technical contribution(s); impact on the profession or economy; originality; breadth; inventive value; publications; honors; and other appropriate achievements.  


Early Career Award Committee: Committee


Nomination deadline: 15 August


Nomination form:  https://ieeeforms.wufoo.com/forms/k3ttt6a19lkyis/


Carry Over Nominations:  Candidates will not be automatically considered the next year


Presentation:  Presented at the EDS Awards Dinner, which is held in conjunction with the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM).


Past Award Winners:  Winners




Congratulations tGirish Pahwa, 2022 IEEE EDS Early Career Award Winner!

Early Career Award presentation 2022 photo 

Girish Pahwa is an assistant professional researcher in the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences (EECS) at the University of California (UC) Berkeley. He is also the executive director of the Berkeley Device Modeling Center (BDMC) at UC Berkeley. Before this, he worked as the manager of the BDMC and BSIM (Berkely Short Channel IGFET model) group and as a postdoctoral scholar at the department of EECS, UC Berkeley.

He received his Ph.D. and M.Tech. Degrees in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 2020, and his B.Tech. Degree in electronics and communication engineering from Delhi Technological University in 2014.

Girish’s research primarily focuses on the device modeling, simulation, and benchmarking of emerging nanoscale technologies. As the chief researcher at the BDMC, he has advanced the BSIM suite of compact models, as the loyalty-free industry standard models, for the simulation and design of ICs for upcoming and emerging applications. He has developed the first industry-standard cryogenic FinFET and FDSOI models for the design of peripheral ICs that need to be in close proximity to the qubits in emerging quantum computing applications. These models can also play a vital role in the design-technology co-development of cryogenic-CMOS ICs to significantly improve the performance and power efficiency of high-performance computing (HPC) systems. He has also developed ferroelectric device models and contributed extensively to the physics and device-circuit co-design strategies of these emerging devices that can potentially reduce CMOS power consumption many folds or enable computing in memory for artificial intelligence or other applications. He has further contributed to developing industry-standard compact models for high-voltage transistors for power IC applications.

Girish is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the electron devices society (EDS) and serves as a reviewer of several journals. He has over 45 technical publications in prominent journals and conferences. He received the outstanding Ph.D. thesis award from IIT Kanpur in 2020 for his contributions to the field of novel ferroelectric field effect transistors. He also received the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Electronics (ICEE), Mumbai, India, in 2016.

Apart from research, Girish has a keen interest in volunteering for science education for underprivileged kids. He enjoys painting and reading about the history of science. He is a fitness enthusiast and loves playing table tennis and cricket