Ma was appointed to fill the chair in September 2011, soon after it was created anonymously to support the research and scholarly activities of a faculty member benefiting the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Ma is an expert in integrated power electronics, energy harvesting and energy management in the nation’s largest analog center – the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) at UT Dallas. He is also founding director of the Integrated System Design Laboratory, which has grown into one of the most successful integrated power electronics research labs, collaborating with nearly every premier semiconductor company in America.
Integrated circuit design is the core of electrical engineering, which requires expertise in device physics and fabrication, circuit architecture, power management, signal processing, and system control. However, the beauty of IC design is not restricted within the domain of engineering. It indeed goes far beyond it, providing abundant freedom and space for unique and artistic personal touches in a nanometer scale wonderland.
Dr. Dongsheng Brian Ma joined UT Dallas in 2010, bringing his Integrated System Design Laboratory with him. His research focuses on integrated power electronics, with primary interests on silicon, GaN and SiC based power IC solutions for big data, IoTs, automobile electronics and consumer electronics.
He was appointed to fill the Erik Jonsson Distinguished Chair in September 2011, soon after it was created. He is an expert in integrated power electronics, energy harvesting and energy management in the Texas Analog Center of Excellence. He is also founding director of the Integrated System Design Laboratory, which has grown into one of the most successful integrated power electronics research labs.
Prior to joining UT Dallas, he was a faculty member with University of Arizona from 2004 to 2010 and with Louisana State University from 2003 to 2004. Along his path of employment, he was awarded Analog Devices Professorship (2004-2008), TxACE Chair Professorship (2010-2012), Erik Jonsson Distinguished Chair in Engineering (2012-2017) and Distinguished Chair in Microelectronics (2017-present). He also received University of Arizona AAFSAA Outstanding Faculty Award in 2006, and was a finalist for University of Arizona Accolades Outstanding Faculty Award in 2009.
Dr. Ma is the recipient of more than 20 society honors, professorships and fellowships, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2009 and the TxACE Chair Professorship from 2010 to 2012. From 2004 to 2016, he received $5.8 million in research grants, 90 percent of which he served as the single principal investigator.