Alyssa Apsel named next Director for Cornell ECE

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University is pleased to announce the five-year appointment of Professor Alyssa Apsel as the School’s next director, effective July 1, 2018. 

Apsel, who previously served as director of graduate studies, has proposed many ideas to propel forward the already outstanding school. In particular, she is excited to continue the aggressive faculty hiring that has been underway for the past several years. She also views Cornell Tech as a great opportunity for the school, which now offers an ECE M.Eng. degree and has a number of new entrepreneurial programs available to faculty and students looking to commercialize their products.

Apsel will complete her sabbatical leave this spring semester in London. Clif Pollock, the Ilda and Charles Lee Professor of Engineering will continue serving as director through the spring term.

“I’m delighted to pass the reins onto Alyssa,” said Pollock. “Her energetic leadership and vision will positively shape the future of ECE at both Cornell Tech and here in Ithaca. She has always been a steadfast contributor to our recruitment and programs, and she will be a great spark for our students. I look forward to a very positive and active next five years for the school.”

The ECE Director Search Committee was chaired by Dave Albonesi and committee members included Vikram Krishnamurthy, David Shmoys, Ed Suh and Huili (Grace) Xing.  

Apsel is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and joined the faculty at Cornell University in 2002. She has won numerous research and teaching awards. Her research is focused on power-aware mixed signal circuits and solving the problems that arise in highly scaled CMOS and modern electronic systems. Find more about Prof. Apsel at

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