Donhee Ham

함돈희 (Korean); 咸燉憙 (Hanja)

Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and EE, Harvard University
Fellow, Samsung Electronics

2009.7 Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and EE, Harvard University
2007.7 John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences, Harvard University
2006.7 Associate Professor of EE, Harvard University
2002.9 Assistant Professor of EE, Harvard University
2002.6 PhD. EE. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
1999.6 MS. Physics. Caltech
1997.8 Army duty completed (18 months). Republic of Korea
1996.2 BS. Physics. Seoul National University

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Donhee Ham is Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Harvard University where he has been since 2002.

Ham, from Busan, Korea, earned a B.S. degree in physics from Seoul National University in 1996, where he graduated summa cum laude with the Presidential Prize, ranked top 1st across the College of Natural Sciences, and also with the Physics Gold Medal. Following a 1.5-year military service in the Korea Army, he went to Caltech for graduate training in physics. There he worked on general relativity and gravitational astrophysics under Professor Barry Barish while in physics, and later obtained a Ph.D. in EE in 2002 winning the Charles Wilts Prize awarded for the best thesis in EE. His doctoral work examined the statistical physics of electrical circuits. He was the recipient of the IBM Doctoral Fellowship, Li Ming Scholarship, IBM Faculty Partnership Award, IBM Research Design Challenge Award, and the fellow of the Korea Foundation of Advanced Studies. He shared Harvard's Hoopes prize with William F. Andress. He was recognized by MIT Technology Review as among the world's top 35 young innovators in 2008 (TR35). Ham was selected as a Harvard Yearbook Favorite Professor 4 years in a row (2011-2014), and was one of 8 Harvard Thinks Big speakers in 2012 (8 Harvard faculty chosen by college-wide votes). He served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Solid-State Circuits Society (2012-2013).

Ham's work experiences include Caltech-MIT LIGO, IBM T. J. Watson Research, Consulting Visiting Professorship at POSTECH, Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Seoul National University, IEEE conference technical program committees including the IEEE ISSCC and the IEEE ASSCC, advisory board for the IEEE ISCAS, and various US, Korea, and Japan industry, government, & academic technical advisory positions. He served as a guest editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and was a co-editor of CMOS Biotechnology with Springer (2007). He is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.


1. Solid-state physics (APH 195, PH 195) [ Syllabus ]
2. Electromagnetic interactions with matter (APH 216) [ Syllabus ]
3. Electronic devices and circuits (analog integrated circuits) (ES 154)
4. RF integrated circuits (ES 272)
5. Applied electromagnetism (ES 151)
6. Applied quantum mechanics (SNU)