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He, Lei

Lei HeLei He, Professor

IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Award, 2011
IBM Faculty Fellow, 2003

Research Groups: Design Automation Laboratory , UCLA Clean Energy Research Center

Office: 6731D Boelter Hall, Phone: 310.206.2037, Email



Lei He is professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from UCLA in 1999.  Prior to joining the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department faculty in 2002, he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He is currently also a professor with UCLA  and Peking University Joint Research Institute (JRI) and a guest chair professor with Fudan University, China.

Professor He is the founding director of the UCLA Clean Energy Research Center (CERC-LA), a trans-disciplinary research center, focusing on technologies and policies related to clean energy and climate change.  He leads a clean energy and climate change consortium with academic and industrial members from several countries.  CERC-LA is an active US-China EcoPartner, selected by the U.S. Department of State.

Professor He has been a member of technical advisory board or a co-founder for Apache Design Solutions (acquired by Ansoft in 2011), Rio Design Automation (acquired by Magma Design Automation in 2006), and two clean energy startup companies on power battery and battery swap for electric vehicles respectively.

Research Interests

Professor He's research and teaching interests focus on modeling and simulation, programmable logic and reconfigurable computing, and embedded and cyber-physical systems for applications such as health care, electric vehicle and smart grid.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2011  IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Award
  • 2010 Best Paper Award from the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES)
  • 2008 Best Contribution Award from ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis
  • 2006 Best Paper Award at the ACM/IEEE Int. Symp. on Physical Design
  • 2005 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2003 IBM Faculty Award
  • 2003 UCLA Chancellor's Faculty Development Award
  • 2003 Best Student Paper Award, IEEE Int. Conf. Application-Specific ICs
  • 2000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
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