Early Career Award

Early Career Award Committee


This EDS Early Career Award was established to promote, recognize, and support early career technical development within the Electron Devices Society's field of interest.  It is presented annually to honor an IEEE EDS member who has received his/her first professional degree (Bachelors) within the tenth year defined by the August 15th nomination deadline, making contributions in the field of interest of the IEEE Electron Devices Society. 

Please note:  The EDS Early Career Award cannot be given to a candidate for the same work for which an IEEE Technical Field Award, IEEE Medal, or other society level award was previously received.

The recipient is awarded a plaque and check for US$1,000, presented at the EDS Awards Dinner, which is held in conjunction with the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM).  The nominator of the EDS Early Career Award candidate must be an IEEE EDS member.  The endorsers do not need to be IEEE EDS members.

Please complete and submit your online nomination form by 15 August to the EDS Executive Office. All endorsement letters should be sent directly to l.riello@ieee.org and received by the deadline date.



Congratulations to Avirup Dasgupta and Jiaju Ma, 2021 IEEE EDS Early Career Award Winners!


 Avirup Dasgupta 1

Avirup Dasgupta, an IEEE Senior Member, is an assistant professor in the department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR). He is a founding member of the Circuits and Devices Research Group (CiDeR Group) at IIT Roorkee and is the director of the Device Research Lab (DiRac Lab) at the department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, IIT Roorkee. He is a compact model developer with the Compact Model Coalition, the BSIM group and the Berkeley Device Modeling Center, UC Berkeley.

He completed his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK). Following this, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley). He worked as the lead developer and the manager of the BSIM group and the Berkeley Device Modeling Center (BDMC), UC Berkeley.

Dr. Dasgupta’s work primarily involves the analysis, modeling and design of semiconductor devices. One of the key areas of his work is to develop compact models for SPICE simulations. He is the developer of the IITK-RPTM model and a co-developer of the industry standard BSIM-BULK, BSIM-IMG, BSIM-CMG, BSIM-SOI and ASM-HEMT models. His research interests include semiconductor device physics, modeling and design for various applications including logic, memory, RF, power, quantum computing, space applications, neuromorphic computing as well as genome sequencing and computational psychopathology. Apart from working on the development and design of the latest and upcoming semiconductor devices with various industry sponsors and academic collaborators, his research group is also working on pushing the boundary of mathematical modeling for computer-aided-design using artificial intelligence.

Avirup spent his early years in the city of Durgapur, West Bengal, India. In 2008, he was recognized by the National Council of Educational Research and Training, Government of India as a National Talent Scholar. He has continued to be recognized for his performance and contributions ever since. Apart from multiple journal and conference publications, Dr. Dasgupta also serves as a reviewer for various journals and conferences. He enjoys teaching students at various level and has been rewarded for his teaching excellence.

Apart from the research and academic work, Avirup is passionate about automobiles. He shares this passion with his wife and the couple can often be found on weekend drives or motorcycle rides. Avirup also plays multiple musical instruments, creates digital artworks, and loves playing soccer.


Ma photo

Jiaju Ma is a pioneering inventor and entrepreneur in the field of CMOS image sensor and Quanta Image Sensor. Ma is the co-inventor and designer of the first CMOS image sensor pixel devices with deep sub-electron read noise that enables photon counting and photon-number resolution without using electron multiplication, generally referred to as a Quanta Image Sensor (QIS). This innovative device can clearly distinguish individual photoelectrons and has a small pitch size that enables mega-pixel resolution and which is compatible with standard CMOS image sensor manufacturing processes for mass production. The low-noise photon-counting pixel device that Ma co-invented and developed is being commercialized at Gigajot Technology (Pasadena, CA), a startup co-founded by Ma. Because of its superior low-light imaging capability, high resolution and high dynamic range performance, this technology is considered an enabling technology for advanced scientific, space, and defense applications. This technology is also receiving a broader interest from consumer-level applications such as security, automotive, and mobile imaging, as an improvement over current CMOS image sensors.

Ma received his B.S. in Applied Physics from Nankai University, China, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA. His Ph.D. thesis work was focused on the development of the ultra-low-noise pixel devices, referred to as “jot”, to enable photon-counting sensitivity within a small pitch size. After graduating from Dartmouth in 2017, Ma decided to continue devoting his work on the development of QIS and commercialize this technology. He co-founded Gigajot with Dr. Eric Fossum and Dr. Saleh Masoodian and moved the startup to Pasadena, CA. At Gigajot, he serves as CTO and leads the engineering work to further advance the performance and readiness of this technology for mass production in both high-performance and consumer applications. Under his leadership, Gigajot announced the world’s first commercially available QIS products in 2021, marking the dawn of a new era in solid-state imaging.

Ma has over 50 technical publications and holds over 20 US patents and patent applications. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and IEEE Electron Device Society (EDS). He was a member of the technical committee of the International Image Sensor Workshop (IISW) in 2019.  


Early Career Award Winners


Avirup Dasgupta

Jiaju Ma

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Gigajot Technology


Harshit Agarwal

Max Shulaker

Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, India

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA


Luisa Petti
Qianqian Huang
Pragya Kushwaha

Free University of Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
Peking University, Beijing, China
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
2018 Lukas Czornomaz
Manan Suri
IBM, Zurich, Switzerland
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
2017 Dongil Moon
Shimeng Yu
NASA Ames Research Center, CA, USA
Arizona State University, AZ, USA
2016 Nagarajan Raghavan SUTD Singapore University of Technology & Design, Singapore
2015 Mayank Shrivastava Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
2014 Can Bayram University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013 Runsheng Wang Peking University, Beijing, China
2012 Jin-Woo Han NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA

Mina Rais-Zadeh

Ravi Todi

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, USA

Western Digital Technologies, Foundry Technology Development, Milpitas, CA, USA

2010 Chen Yang University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
2009 Chi On Chui University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA