Dr. Nakhla received the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1973 and 1975, respectively.
From 1976-88, Dr. Nakhla was with NORTEL Networks, Ottawa, Canada, as a Senior Manager of CAE group.
In 1988, he joined Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada as a professor and the holder of the Computer-Aided Engineering Senior Industrial Chair established by NORTEL Networks and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
He is the founder of the high-speed CAD research group at Carleton University and is a frequent invited speaker on the topic of high-speed interconnects.
Dr. Nakhla serves as technical consultant for several industrial organizations and is the principal investigator for several major sponsored research projects. He also serves as editor/reviewer for several leading international journals. He also serves in the organizing/technical committees of several international conferences and workshops.
Dr. Nakhla is one of the leading researchers in the world, in the area of high-speed interconnect analysis. He has published extensively (more than 300 articles) in prominent international journals. Also he has authored/edited three books, all in the area of high-speed interconnects. He was recognized as a fellow of IEEE for his contributions to the area of high-speed interconnects.
Dr. Nakhla's research interests include CAD of VLSI and microwave circuits, modeling and simulation of high-speed interconnects, nonlinear circuits, multidisciplinary optimization, thermal and EMI analysis, MEMS and neural networks.
Dr. Achar received the B. Eng. degree in electronics engineering from Bangalore University, India in 1990, M. Eng. degree in micro-electronics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 1992 and the Ph. D. degree from Carleton University in 1998.
He spent the summer of 1995 working on high-speed interconnect analysis at T. J. Watson Research Center, IBM, New York. He was a graduate trainee at Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, India during 1992.
He was also previously employed at Larsen and Toubro Engineers Ltd., Mysore, India and at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India as an R&D engineer. During 1998-2000, he served as a research engineer in the CAE group at Carleton University.
Dr. Achar received several prestigious awards for his work on high-speed interconnect analysis, including:
Natural Science & Eng. Research Council (NSERC) doctoral award,
University Medal for his doctoral work,
Strategic Microelectronics Corporation (SMC) Award,
Canadian Microelectronics Corporation (CMC) Award,
The best student paper award in the Micronet annual workshop.
His research interests include modelling and simulation of high-speed interconnects, numerical algorithms, and development of computer-aided design tools for high-frequency circuit analysis.