Willy Sansen has provided the leadership necessary to establish analog integrated circuits as a crucial component of the microelectronics industry. Focusing on the design of analog integrated circuits, Dr. Sansen grew his research group (ESAT-MICAS) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, into one of Europe’s largest and best known. Designs originating from his group have been incorporated by companies worldwide for use in chips for wireless communications, consumer electronics, and sensors for cochlear implants and telemetry systems. Dr. Sansen was a pioneer of using computer tools for symbolic analysis of circuits, providing greater insight during the design process compared to purely numerical analysis methods. Known for excellence in teaching and the ability to inspire, his doctorate students have progressed to hold highly regarded positions in both industry and academia worldwide. His collaborative efforts with industry have also resulted in successful spin-off companies.
An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Sansen is Professor Emeritus at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.