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Alyssa Apsel promoted to Full Professor

Monday, October 12, 2015

ECE’s Alyssa Apsel has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor following approval from the Cornell Engineering Board of Trustees, effective November 1, 2015.

“This is well deserved!” said Clif Pollock, Ilda and Charles Lee Professor of Engineering and director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Alyssa was the vision and the driving force behind the growth of our now strong program in analog electronics. She has always been an exemplar in her commitment to her students, and an active and constructive voice in curricular and department issues. She is an important member of our faculty and I frequently seek her advice on the many issues we face in running a top school.  We are all happy to see her recognized with this promotion.”

Prof. Apsel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, P.A., in 1995. She earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, M.D., in 2002. Apsel joined Cornell University in 2002 as an Assistant Professor.

Her research focuses on power-aware mixed signal circuits and solving the problems that arise in highly scaled CMOS and modern electronic systems. Apsel has authored or coauthored over 75 refereed publications in related fields of RF mixed signal circuit design, interconnect design and planning, photonic integration with VLSI, and circuit design techniques in the presence of variation which have resulted in five patents and several pending patent applications.

Apsel’s teaching efforts focus on integrated circuits and her research group considers how the progression of CMOS digital electronics and devices optimized for digital performance has affected mixed signal circuit design.

As IC applications have multiplied over the past decade, pushing CMOS electronics beyond the PC and into everything from greeting cards to the human body, so have problems associated with nanoscale high performance CMOS. The quest for improved performance, previously masked by the progression of Moore's law, now calls for renewed creativity and the development of fundamentally new approaches to circuit and architecture design.

Her lab conducts research investigating new approaches to cost effective design that leverage today's technology but achieve improved performance per unit power. She looks at how problems resulting from device scaling such as process variation, noise, and reduced analog performance can be addressed with skillful analog and mixed signal design.

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