OAPT Ontario Association of Physics Teachers


Ali Sheikholeslami

Dr Ali Sheikholeslami


Ali Sheikholeslami (S'98-M'99-SM'02) received the B.Sc. degree from Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran, in 1990 and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 1994 and 1999, respectively, all in electrical and computer engineering. In 1999, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2004 and to the rank of full professor in 2010.


His research interests are in the areas of analog and digital integrated circuits, high-speed signaling, and VLSI memory design (including FeRAM, SRAM, CAM, and MRAM). He currently supervises two active research groups in the areas of high-speed signaling and VLSI memories. He has collaborated with industry on various VLSI design research in the past few years, including work with Nortel and Mosaid, Canada, and with Fujitsu Labs of Japan and America. He spent his 2005-2006 research sabbatical year with Fujitsu Labs of Japan and Fujitsu Labs of America. He served on the Memory Subcommittee of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 2001 to 2004, and on the Technology Directions Subcommittee of the same conference from 2002 to 2005. Since 2007, he has served on the Wireline Subcommittee of ISSCC. He presented a tutorial on ferroelectric memory design at ISSCC 2002 and a tutorial on high-speed signaling at ISSCC 2008. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems -Part I. He was the program chair for the 34th IEEE International Symposium on Multiple-Valued Logic (ISMVL 2004) held in Toronto, Canada. He is senior member of the IEEE, and a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada.


Dr. Sheikholeslami has received the Best Professor of the Year Award four times (in 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2007) by the popular vote of the undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto. He received the 2005-2006 Early Career Teaching Award and the 2010 Faculty Teaching Award, both from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto, in "Recognition of Superb Accomplishment in Teaching".