Dr. Dongsheng Brian Ma
Associate professor of electrical engineering
Erik Jonsson Distinguished Chair
Ma left a promising career as the youngest design manager at semiconductor leader Analog Devices Inc. to pursue a teaching career.
"My PhD thesis advisor inspired me to become a teacher and make a meaningful and positive impact on the younger generation," he said.
He started his teaching career at Louisiana State University, then joined the University of Arizona to lead a unique university-industry program. He became the university's first assistant professor holding a chaired professor position. He was awarded the university's Outstanding Faculty Award, and was promoted to associate professor with early tenure. During his time in Arizona from 2004 to 2009, he received $2.8 million in research grants, 95 percent of which he served as the single principal investigator.
When he joined UT Dallas in 2010, he brought his Integrated System Design Laboratory from Arizona with him, along with six doctoral students and one postdoctoral scholar. With a focus on developing core technologies for high-performance power-efficient circuits and systems, his scholarly achievements include a book, two book chapters, four patents, more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and more than 60 international speaking engagements.
He is the recipient of more than 20 society honors, professorships and fellowships, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2009; TxACE Chair Professorship from 2010 to 2012; Best Student Paper Award in the 52nd IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS) in 2009; and Best Paper Poster Award in 7th WOFE (Wholly Owned by Foreign Enterprise) in 2011.
When not at work, Ma enjoys hiking, jogging, classical music and visiting national parks.
Ma was appointed to fill the chair in September 2011, soon after it was created anonymously to support the research and scholarly activities of a faculty member benefiting the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Ma is an expert in integrated power electronics, energy harvesting and energy management in the nation's largest analog center – the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) at UT Dallas. He is also founding director of the Integrated System Design Laboratory, which has grown into one of the most successful integrated power electronics research labs, collaborating with nearly every premier semiconductor company in America.
"Integrated circuit design is the core of electrical engineering, which requires expertise in device physics and fabrication, circuit architecture, power management, signal processing, and system control. However, the beauty of IC design is not restricted within the domain of engineering. It indeed goes far beyond it, providing abundant freedom and space for unique and artistic personal touches in a nanometer scale wonderland."