Yu-Chi Lin

Engineer running on the track.



Yu-Chi Lin was born in Taiwan in 1999 and is the first one in her family to study engineering. She graduated with the highest distinction, Dr. I-Chi Mei Memorial Medal (7 out of 2000 in class 2021) and received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (NTHUEE) (ranked 1/102) from the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Hsinchu, Taiwan, in June 2021. Currently, she is pursuing Ph.D. degree in Professor Ali Niknejad’s group at Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department (EECS), at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of Taiwan-UC Berkeley Fellowships (top 5 UC Berkeley Ph.D. students from Taiwan). Her research focuses on applying IC design and millimeter waves to human healthcare and brainstorming engineering approaches to benefit people worldwide.


August 2021 – present

University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)
  • Advisor: Prof. Ali M. Niknejad
  • Area of Specification: mm-Wave IC, mixed-signal IC, biomedical sensor
September 2017 – June 2021

National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

B.S., Electrical Engineering (EE)
  • GPA: 4.23/4.3 (rank 1/102)


August 2021 – December 2021

38-mm Smartwatch Liquid-Crystal Display Driver

  • Drove 272×340 pixels, with 1.4V light-to-dark full swing transition, sequentially at 60Hz refresh rate
  • Built 2-stage op-amp with GDPK 0.045 um CMOS process, with telescopic-cascode, class AB amplifier, Miller compensation, and single biasing current source
August 2021 – December 2021

RISC-V CPU Processor

  • Implemented RISC-V ISA with 3-stage pipelined CPU, cache memory, and control status register (CSR)
  • Designed configurable direct-mapped and 2-way set associative cache with write-back and -through policies
  • Front-end Verilog design and simulation, and back-end synthesis and PAR with ASAP7 7nm process
February 2020 – June 2021

Terahertz (THz) None-line-of-sight (NLOS) Imaging

Prof. Shang-Hua Yang, Yang Research Group, EE, NTHU

  • Submitted proposal to Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan
  • Asynchronous optical sampling (ASOPS) Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system
September 2020 – January 2021

IC Lab QR Code Decoder

  • Decoded rotated 25×25 QR code within 64×64 random-background bitmap images into URL web address
  • Ranked A and won second-place in synthesis contest (over half of classmates are graduate students) (performance index (PI) is defined as the product of total area, timing constrain, and total simulation cycles)
February 2020 – June 2020

ASCII and utf-8 Files Encoding

  • Achieved 70% fewer storage space for utf-8 text files with Huffman encoding scheme
February 2020 – June 2020

MOS Fabrication

  • Fabricated MOS from silicon wafer in Tsing Hua Lab (Class 1000, The Federal Standard 209E), highest-class cleanroom in Taiwan’s academia
  • Characterized MOS with carrier mobility and threshold voltage through two-probe measurement
June 2019 – January 2020

Terahertz Curvature Sensing System

  • Undergraduate Project Oral and Poster Presentation Competition (rank 1/53), EE, NTHU
  • Characterized surface roughness based on THz continuous wave scattering
September 2019 – January 2020

Full-Custom Eight Frequency Mode Clock Generator

  • Built full-custom eight frequency mode clock divider with 0.18um CMOS process, with three-bit half-adders, double-edged-triggered flip-flops, and True Single Phase Clock (TSPC)
  • Gate-level, transistor-level and layout specifications, pre-layout and post-layout simulation
  • Won the performance competition with the smallest layout area consumption


Cleanroom Fabrication

MOS silicon wafer fabrication

  • Introduction to Solid-State Electronics Device (A+)
  • Solid-state Electronics Laboratory-Semiconductor Processing (A+)

Analog Circuit Design

Cadence, Hspice, Laker, Composer

  • Analog Integrated Circuits (EE 240A) (A)
  • Introduction to Integrated Circuit Design (A+)

Digital Circuit Design

Verilog hardware description language (HDL), logic synthesis, logic equivalence checking, layout place and route, FPGA and ASIC design and implementation

  • Introduction to Digital Design and Integrated Circuits (EECS 251A) (A+)
  • Introduction to Digital Design and Integrated Circuits Lab (EECS 251LA) (A)
  • Logic Design Lab (A+)
  • IC Design Lab (A+)

Optical System

Terahertz (THz) photonics and applications, Frequency-domain and time-domain THz spectroscopy, THz tomography

Software Programming

C (advanced), C++, Matlab, Python, Linux OS

  • Algorithms (A+)
  • Data Structures (A+)

Biomedical Engineering

Homunculus Man modelling, Ultrasound and MRI imaging simulation

  • Psychology and Modern Life (A+)
  • Life Science (A)
  • Introduction to Biomedical Imaging (A)


August 2021

Taiwan-UC Berkeley Fellowships

University of California, Berkeley

top 5 UC Berkeley PhD students from Taiwan

June 2021

Dr. I-Chi Mei Memorial Medal

National Tsing Hua University

graduated with the highest distinction (7 out of 2000 in the class of 2021)

June 2021

Scholarship of the Outstanding Student in Engineering

Chinese Institute of Engineers

only recipient from NTHU, highest prestigious award to top 10 senior undergraduates in Taiwan

November 2020

The Memorial Scholarship to Mr. Lin Hsiung Chen

The Memorial Scholarship Foundation to Mr. Lin Hsiung Chen

largest scale scholarship awarded to top 50 college students in Taiwan

June 2020

Shun-I Chu and Zyxel Scholarship

National Tsing Hua University

top 15 third-year students in NTHU

March 2018, October 2018, October 2019, March 2020, October 2021

Presidential Award

National Tsing Hua University

top 2% in class

November 2019

Broke Games Record in 800M race

National Tsing Hua University

NTHU Sports Day

July 2019

Overseas Exchange Scholarship

National Tsing Hua University

Summer Session at University of California, Berkeley


Fun Fact

Yu-Chi is an engieer runnig on the track!

Yu-Chi was a middle-distance, 800M, track-and-field school representative at National Tsing Hua University (October 2018 ~ June 2021). She was not a professional athlete, but she enjoys training and running!

Outside of work, Yu-Chi enjoys jogging, swimming, going to the gym, exploring nature, and making friends!