Biography in IEEE format

Calvin Plett (S'85, M'91, SM'05, LM'21) received the B.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1982, and the M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 1986 and 1991, respectively.

Prior to 1982, he worked for a number of companies including nearly four years with Atomic Energy of Canada, and shorter periods with Xerox, Valcom, Central Dynamics and Philips. From 1982 to 1984 he worked with Bell-Northern Research doing analog circuit design. In 1989 he joined the Department of Electronics, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, where he is now a Professor Emeritus having retired in 2020. For some years, he did consulting work for Nortel Networks in RFIC design. For many years, he was involved in collaborative research which involved numerous graduate and undergraduate students and various companies including Nortel Networks, Sige Semiconductor, Philsar, Conexant, Skyworks, IBM, Gennum, and Ciena. Such collaborative research has continued with Ciena after his retirement. He has authored or co-authored more than 125 technical papers which have appeared in international journals and conferences. He is a co-author of the books Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design (Artech House 2003) Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design 2nd Ed. (Artech House 2010), Integrated Circuit Design for High-Speed Frequency Synthesis (Artech House 2006), and Radio Frequency System Architecture and Design (Artech House 2013). His research interests include the design of analog and radio-frequency integrated circuits, including filter design, and communications applications.

Dr. Plett was the faculty advisor to the student branch of the IEEE at Carleton University for about 29 years. Over the years he has won a number of awards both for his teaching and for his service to the IEEE.

Research Interests

RF and Analog Bipolar, SiGe, CMOS and BiCMOS integrated circuit design for telecommunications; component design for monolithic portable radio, including filters, VCOs, mixers, and phase-locked loops; the use of monolithic inductors in filter and VCO design; continuous-time filters design, including improvements to filter components, tuning strategy, and simulation techniques.