Brian M. Frank, P. Eng.

Biography

Dr. Brian Frank

Dr. B. Frank (M'2002) received the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1997, 1999 and 2002 respectively. He has worked as a consultant for FOpera Consulting and Siemens-Milltronics, and has been an instructor at the Royal Military College of Canada. He has worked on the measurement of integrated antennas, for which he received a student paper award, and the design of MESFET, HBT, and CMOS circuits. His recent research is directed toward the complete integration of wireless transceivers using standard CMOS process (the way most CPUs, memory, and DSP chips are produced). In 2002 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Queen's University. Currently he is working in the area of high speed analog CMOS for wireless circuits.

Research Interests

Microwave circuits fabricated in silicon CMOS processes are generally much cheaper to fabricate than those fabricated in the traditional processes (including GaAs MESFET and HBT, and InP processes). Additionally, if high speed analog circuits are fabricated in CMOS, they can be integrated on the same wafer as the lower frequency digital circuits used for modern communications.

Dr. Frank has been working on the design of microwave circuits in CMOS, including traveling wave amplifiers (TWAs), low noise amplifiers (LNAs), and voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs). His research group is developing high frequency on-chip PLL's, electronics for passive optical networks (PONs), and developing models for AMOS varactors and novel passive inductive elements.

Dr. Frank is also interested in engineering education, particularly project based learning and assessment. From 2003-2005 he was an educational development faculty associate with the Instructional Development Centre, now the Centre for Teaching and Learning. He is the course coordinator of APSC-100, Practical Engineering Modules, a core first year course that helps students develop the ability to work in teams, communicate, design, find information, and measure and analyze data. He is also course instructor of ELEC-483, Microwave and RF Circuits and Systems. This course uses a guided project format, using in-class discussion, group work, and computer simulation to develop the ability to design microwave and RF circuits. More information about his education interests is on his Engineering Education Activities page.

Funding and Awards

  • Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations
  • NSERC Discovery Grant
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) New Opportunities Award
  • Ontario Innovation Trust grant
  • Agilent
  • Anritsu
  • Advisory Research Council Principal's Development Fund
  • Queen's Travel Award
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship
  • AMTA Student Paper Award

Contact

Telephone: (613) 533-3063/2925 Fax: (613) 533-6615

E-mail: brian.frank [at] queensu.ca

Very High Speed Silicon Circuits Group

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