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Alyssa B. Apsel

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phillips Hall, Room 412


Alyssa Apsel received the B.S. from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, in 1995 and the Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in 2002. She joined Cornell University in 2002, where she is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is also a Visiting Professor at Imperial College in London working on RF interfaces for implantable electronics. Apsel will become the next Director of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell in July 2018.

She has authored or coauthored over 100 refereed publications in related fields of RF mixed signal circuit design, ultra-low power radio, photonic integration with VLSI, and circuit design techniques in the presence of variation resulting in five patents and several pending patent applications.

Research Interests

The focus of Apsel's research is on power-aware mixed signal circuits and design for highly scaled CMOS and modern electronic systems.  Her current focus is on low power radio for IoT and reconfigurable multi-standard radio to extend the reach of wireless communications.

Her research group investigates new approaches to cost-effective designs that leverage today's technology but achieve improved performance per unit power. She looks at how problems resulting from device scaling such as process variation, noise and reduced analog performance can be addressed with skillful analog and mixed signal design.

Teaching Interests

Integrated Circuits

Selected Publications

  • Yang, D., H. Yuksel, C. Newman, C. Lee, Z. Boynton, N. Paya, M. Pedrone, Alyssa B. Apsel, A. Molnar. 2016."A Fully Integrated Software-Defined FDD Transceiver Tunable from 0.3-to-1.6 GHz."Paper presented at IEEE RFIC Symposium. Nominated for best paper award, June.
  • Mukhopadhyay, I., M Y. Mukadam, R. Narayanan, F. O'Mahony, A B Apsel. 2016."Dual-Calibration Technique for Improving Static Linearity of Thermometer DACs for I/O."IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems24(3): 1050-1058.
  • Dorta-Quinones, C I., X Y. Wang, R K. Dokania, A. Gailey, M. Lindau, A B Apsel. 2016."A Wireless FSCV Monitoring IC With Analog Background Subtraction and UWB Telemetry.."IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems10(2): 289-299.
  • Yuksel, H., D. Yang, Z. Boynton, E. Enroth, T. Tapen, A. Molnar, Alyssa B. Apsel. 2016.""Broadly Tunable Frequency Division Duplex Transceiver: Theory and Operation"."Paper presented at IEEE ICECS, Monte Carlo, December,
  • Enkhbayasgalan, Gantsog, Liu Deyu, B. Alyssa, Alyssa B. Apsel. 2016.""0.89 mW On-Chip Jitter-Measurement Circuit for High Speed Clock with Sub-Picosecond Resolution"."Paper presented at IEEE ESSDERC/ESSCIRC, Lucerne, Switzerland, September.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, 2018-2019
  • ISLPED Design Contest, second place 2010
  • Best Student Paper (IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems) 2000
  • Abel Wolman Fellowship (Johns Hopkins University) 1997
  • Caltech Institute Fellowship (California Institute of Technology) 1995
  • Best Student Paper (Philadelphia Section IEEE Student Paper Contest) 1995


  • BS(Electrical Engineering),Swarthmore College,1995
  • MS(Electrical Engineering),California Institute of Technology,1996
  • Ph D(Electrical Engineering),Johns Hopkins University,2002