Integrated Circuits and Systems Group
... where MEMS meet Transistors


Ren Li

PhD Students
Graduate Research Assistant​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Ren Li is a PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Hossein Fariborzi in Electrical Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, department of Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE). Prior to coming to KAUST, he received his Master degree in Power Engineering, in August 2015 from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore with the award of Professional Engineers Board Gold Medal in Academic year 2014-2015. He also received his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and its Automation from North China Electric Power University (NCEPU) in Beijing, China.

Research Interests

​​Ultra-low power integrated circuits and systems; MEMS IC design and fabrication; Novel devices and schemes for the next-generation computing.  

Selected Publications

  • M. A. A. Hafiz, R. Li, M. I. Younis, H. Fariborzi, “A parity checker circuit based on microelectromechanical resonator logic elements”, Phys. Lett. A, 2017, vol. 381, no. 9, pp. 843-848. DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2017.01.017
  • R. Li, H. Fariborzi, “Ultra-Low Power Data Converters with BEOL NEM Relays” in IEEE 61st International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), 2018. pp. 627-630. DOI: 10.1109/MWSCAS.2018.8623997
  • R. Li, R. Naous, H. Fariborzi, K. N. Salama, "Approximate Computing with Stochastic Transistors’ Voltage Over-scaling," IEEE Access, vol. 7, pp. 6373-6385, 2019. DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2889747
  • S. Ahmed, R. Li, X. Zou, M. A. A. Hafiz, and H. Fariborzi, "Modeling and Simulation of A MEMS Resonator Based Reprogrammable Logic Gate Using Partial Electrodes,” in Symposium on Design, Test, Integration and Packaging of MEMS/MOEMS (DTIP2019), 2019.
  • R. LiR. Alhadrami and H. Fariborzi,  "BEOL NEM Relay Based Sequential Logic Circuits” in 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), 2019.


  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, M.SC. in Power Engineering​
  • North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China, B.SC. in Electrical Engineering and Its Automation (Advanced Class)

Scientific and Professional Memberships

​​IEEE Graduate Student Membership (S'17)


2018: Create the Future Design Contest Honorable Mention (Electronics/Sensors/IoT Category) & Top 100 Entries​
​2018: Enrichment in the Spring ePoster Competition "Academic and Research" Winner
2018: Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) "Present Around The World" Competition, KAUST winner, Saudi Arabia
2018: 1st International MEMS design contest Runner-up
2017: Middle East Electricity Exhibition "Future Generation" Postgraduate Student Competition Official Judge’s Choice Award Winner, People’s Choice Award Runner-up
2016: Falling Walls Lab KAUST Winner
2015: Professional Engineers Board Gold Medal, Singapore
2012: Outstanding Scholarship for Literature and Art Activities, North China Electric Power University