Slim Boumaiza

Slim Boumaiza

Dr. Slim Boumaiza received his Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in electrical engineering from the École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia, in 1997, and Master of Science (M.S.) and PhD degrees from the École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada, in 1999 and 2004.

He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, in 2007, where he is leading the Emerging Radio Systems Group. He served as Assistant Professor with the University of Calgary, Alberta, from 2005 to 2007, then as Adjunct Professor from 2007 to 2010.

His work is focused on the development of high performance (energy-efficient, linear, multi-standard, and multi-band) wireless transmitters. By studying semiconductor devices, high-performance circuits and innovative systems, his research group is working to reduce the carbon footprint of wireless infrastructure, improve the battery life and mobility of mobile devices, and support lighter and smaller solid state power amplifiers (PAs). His approach has been to target key areas of interest based on current and future wireless industry requirements.

Dr. Boumaiza has authored or co-authored over 35 journal articles, more than 90 conference papers, been invited to present over 30 workshops and talks in both academia and industry, and has one patent granted with another six in progress. In the last six years, he has been the recipient of 14 research grants, two equipment/infrastructure grants, and eight industry research contracts, those for which he was principal investigator totaling over $5 million dollars.

Undergraduate courses taught:

ECE 473 - Radio Frequency and Microwave Circuits, ECE 474 - Radio and Wireless Systems, ECE 476 - Antennas and Wireless Systems, ECE 493 - Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering, GENE 123 - Electrical Engineering, ME 123 - Electrical Engineering for Mechanical Engineers

Graduate courses taught:

ECE 671 - Microwave and RF Engineering, ECE 770 - Special Topics in Antenna and Microwave Theory (Nonlinear Microwave Radio Frequency Devices and Circuits)


  • University of Waterloo, Faculty of Engineering: Engineering Research Excellence Award, 2013
  • University of Waterloo, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Eng.: Research Excellence Award, 2012
  • University of Waterloo, Faculty of Engineering: Outstanding Performance Award, 2011
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC): Discovery Grant Accelerator Supplement, 2011 - 2014
  • Waterloo Region: Top 40 under 40, 2010
  • Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation: Early Research Award, 2010
  • Fond Québécois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies, Qc: Postdoc. Fellowship, 2004

Memberships and professional activities

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member, 2007 - present
  • IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Technical Committee 5 Member
  • Invited Panelist at the Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium, 2013
  • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems
  • External examiner/reviewer for:
    • Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FQRNT) Programme Projet de recherche en équipe 2009-present
    • NSERC Strategic Grant 2007 - present
    • NSERC Discovery Grant 2008 - present
    • Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico (FONDECYT) Grant Program, Chile, Grant Reviewer 2008
  • Co-editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Systems Conference proceedings, 2006, and Guest Editor of the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing Systems for Signal, Image, and Video Technology SIPS2006 Special Issue

Event organization

  • Technical Program Review Sub-Committee 20 Chair, IEEE International Microwave Symp., 2014
  • Co-organizer of the Canadian GaN workshops with CMC Microsystems 2012, 2013
  • Technical Program Review Committee member for IEEE Topical Conference on Power Amplifiers for Wireless and Radio Applications (PAWR) 2010 - 2013, IEEE ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference 2007 - 2011, IEEE International Microwave Symposium 2012 - 2013, IEEE Power Amplifier Symposium 2008 - 2012, IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems 2007, IEEE Radio and Wireless Week 2007 - 2010, Asia Pacific Microwave Conference 2006
  • General Chair of IEEE Power Amplifier Symposium, San Diego, 2012
  • IEEE International Microwave Symposium 2012: Chair of Student Design Competition Committee, Vice Chair of Workshop Committee, member of the Steering Committee, member of Technical Program Review Committee
  • Technical Program Chair of the International Conference on Signals, Circuits and Systems (SCS) 2009
  • Co-chair of the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Workshop entitled "Power Amplifier Linearization: From Advanced Analog and Digital Techniques to Practical Real-Time Implementations", 2009
  • Co-chair of the IEEE Radio Wireless Week Workshop WS-3 entitled "Transmitter Design for High Power Efficiency: The path from device to advanced system architectures", 2008
  • Technical Program Chair of the IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS) 2006