Rincón-Mora Appointed as Motorola Solutions Foundation Professor
May 05, 2022 — Atlanta, GA
Gabriel Alfonso Rincón-Mora has been appointed as the Motorola Solutions Foundation Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) for his contributions to analog, power, and energy integrated-circuit (IC) design, effective March 1, 2022. Arijit Raychowdhury held the professorship until he was appointed the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair in December 2021.
Rincón-Mora's history with ECE dates back thirty years, when he was a student. He earned his M.S. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996, was inducted into Georgia Tech's Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni in 2000, and was adjunct professor in 1999–2001, director of the Georgia Tech Analog Consortium in 2001–2004, director of the Georgia Tech TI Analog Fellowship Program in 2001–2015, Student-Faculty Committee Chair in 2008-2011, and EDA TIG Chair in 2013-2016. He has now been assistant/associate/full professor here for over twenty years and teaching for Georgia Tech in China almost every fall since 2008.
Rincón-Mora is Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors since 2017, Fellow of the IEEE since 2011, and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology since 2009. He received the National Hispanic in Technology Award, the Charles E. Perry Visionary Award, a State of California Commendation Certificate from Lieutenant Governor Cruz M. Bustamante, the Orgullo Hispano Award, and the Hispanic Heritage Award. His body of work includes 11 books, 8 handbooks, 4 book chapters, 42 patents issued and 1 pending, over 190 articles, 25 educational videos, over 26 commercial power-chip products released to production, and over 150 keynotes, speeches, and seminars.
Hispanic Business magazine named him one of "The 100 Most Influential Hispanics" and featured him on their cover for the power-supply microchips he designed and released to production with Texas Instruments, for whom he worked as design team leader in 1994–2003. This recognition was sparked by the number of companies (like Motorola, Ericsson, Samsung, Intel, and others) that incorporated his microchips into their cell phones and laptop products. The impact and revenue his technology generated earned him a Three-Year Patent Award from Texas Instruments.
IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons published his first textbook in 2001 titled Voltage References, which was later translated into Chinese. McGraw-Hill published his first edition of Analog IC Design with Low-Dropout Regulators later in 2009 and his second edition in 2014, the first of which was the second best seller at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference in 2009 and the second was third best seller at the same conference in 2014 (both editions were translated into Chinese). Springer Nature is now publishing his latest textbook on Switched Inductor Power IC Design with a release date for later this year. Other book titles include Power Management ICs, Analog IC Design: An Intuitive Approach, Power IC Design, and Analog Electronics: Filters, Amps, & Oscillators. These and his other publications have thus far garnered 11.6k Google citations.
His impact on integrated power and energy circuits has also drawn media attention. He has been on the covers of the Official Magazine of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, La Fuente in Dallas, and three times on Nuevo Impacto in Atlanta. Electronic Engineering Times, Planet Analog, Intown in Atlanta, Summa Cum Laude by Florida International University Honors College, EEWeb, and Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks News & Newsletter also featured stories on his work and impact. He is also on the "List of Notable Venezuelan Americans" in science. The Circuits and Systems Society of IEEE selected him IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2009–2010, in 2018–2019, and again in 2022–2023. He was also visiting professor at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan in 2011–2019.
Companies like Adtran, Analog Devices, Honeywell, Integrated Device Technology, Intersil, Linear Technology, National Semiconductor, ON Semiconductor, Raytheon, RF Micro-Devices, Schlumberger, and Texas Instruments have all sponsored his research and hired his students. The Army, Department of Energy, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Southeastern Center for Electrical Engineering Education have similarly supported his work. The Army Research Lab, Intelligence Community, Space and Naval Warfare System Command, Cypress Semiconductor, Dialog Semiconductor, Intel Corp., Samsung, Silicon Works Co., Spyro Technology, and Toko Inc. have also invited him to deliver research seminars and professional short courses on multiple occasions to share his research and developments on power-supply and energy-harvesting technologies.