Nick Kolias, Ph.D.
Integrated Defense Systems
Dr. Kolias is a principal engineering fellow for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business. In his current role as Technical Director for the Corporate Microelectronics Independent Research and Development (IRAD) Program he is responsible for directing and coordinating Raytheon’s microelectronics research. “Our research program is focused on providing Raytheon with emerging microelectronics technology discriminators. I am fortunate that I get to work with a great team on envisioning the future of microwave microelectronics technology and the best path to get there.”
Dr. Kolias joined Raytheon in 1996 as a senior scientist in the Microwave Circuits Research Laboratory. “I went into electrical engineering in college with a strong desire to learn more about computer architecture and the digital circuit design that was changing the world,” Dr. Kolias relates. “But while on that path I discovered microwave circuits, which were first described to me as the fastest circuits in the world and the most difficult to design and understand. I became intrigued. I very much enjoy being in this field as it bridges a number of disciplines and allows me to work from the physics level, at an atomic scale, all the way to systems level.”
Beginning in 2000, Dr. Kolias led the company’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) development efforts. He was co-recipient of the Raytheon Excellence in Technology Award in 2004 for his work designing and developing Raytheon’s first GaN MMICs. “Being able to work with this technology from initial laboratory demonstration to application in today’s systems has been a very exciting and rewarding experience,” he remarked.
When not designing microelectronic circuitry, Dr. Kolias enjoys playing basketball and running, and is coach to youth basketball and soccer teams. “I find coaching to be refreshing,” he relates, “and a good reminder of the importance of working together, having confidence in your abilities, persevering, and most importantly, having fun and celebrating successes.”
Dr. Kolias received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where his Ph.D. research focused on microwave and millimeter-wave quasi-optical amplifier arrays. He is very involved with the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and served as President of the society in 2012.