David Nairn, PhD, PEng

David Nairn, PhD, PEng
Associate Professor
Location: E5 4007,E2 1778C
Phone: 519-888-4567 x37294,519-888-4567 x43754


David Nairn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

His research is mainly in the field of electronic circuits, including analog and mixed signal circuit design, with an emphasis on analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), and digital-to-analog converters (DACs).

Research Interests

  • Analog and Mixed Signal Circuit Design, Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), Circuit Design & VLSI


  • ECE 444 - Integrated Analog Electronics
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • ECE 740 - Special Topics in Electronic Circuits
    • Taught in 2019
  • GENE 123 - Electrical Circuits and Instrumentation
    • Taught in 2023

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Nairn, David G, Cascode loads and amplifier settling behavior, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, 44, 2012
  • Hai, N and Nairn, DG, A capacitor scaling and capacitor sharing technique for reducing power dissipation in algorithmic ADCs, Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing, 333, 2012
  • Nairn, David G, Time-interleaved analog-to-digital converters, 2008 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, 2008 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, , 2008