Faculty Profiles

Prasad S. Gudem

Assoc Adjt Prof, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Other, Calit2




Radio-frequency integrated circuits, 2G/3G/4G/5G cellular, wireless communication.

Gudem’s research interests span a wide range of topics – radio-frequency integrated circuit design, cellular wireless communication, device physics, aerodynamics of boomerangs and history of STEM. 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave) is planned to roll out in 2020 and expected to meet the demands of the increasingly diverse markets over the next decade. With 20 years of experience in the cellular industry, Gudem is working on addressing the needs of the 5G emerging markets (cellular, automotive, positioning, IOT, etc.). Gudem is also a boomerang sports enthusiast and recently initiated research activity into the aerodynamics of boomerangs.

Capsule Bio:

Prasad Gudem received the B. Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, in 1988, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 1996. During his tenure at Qualcomm from 2002-2018, he led the development of several generations of transceivers including the first integrated diversity receiver chip, the first integrated SAW-less receiver for CDMA2000, the first 28-nm integrated carrier aggregation multi-mode multi-band transceiver and the first 14nm highly integrated receiver and transmitter carrier aggregation transceiver chip. The world class transceiver products (RFR6500, QSC1100, WTR3925 and SDR855) he led at Qualcomm exceeded 1 billion in volume shipment.

He has been the Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm from 2014-2018 and an Adjunct faculty since 2014 with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego, La Jolla. He has 50+ patents and 40+ IEEE publications. He taught several graduate-level classes and co-advised twelve Ph.D. students in the area of RF integrated circuit (IC) design. Gudem was the recipient of the Graduate Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding teaching of the ECE265 course sequence, “Communication Circuit Design: I, II, and III”. He is an avid follower of the history of STEM and a boomerang sports enthusiast.

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