Rob A. Rutenbar

Rob A. Rutenbar
Stephen J. Jatras (E'47) Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tel: 412 268 3334
Fax: 412 268 5087

Short Biography

Rob A. Rutenbar received the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1984, and then joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. He currently holds the Stephen Jatras Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has worked on tools for custom circuit synthesis and optimization for over 20 years, and on custom silicon architectures for speech recognition for the last half dozen years.

In 1998 he co-founded Neolinear Inc. to commercialize the first practical synthesis tools for analog designs. He served as Neolinear's Chief Scientist until its acquisition by Cadence in 2004. He is the founding Director of the US national Focus Research Center for Circuits and System Solutions -- called "C2S2". C2S2 is a CMU-led consortium of 19 US universities and over 50 faculty funded by the US semiconductor industry and US government to address future circuit challenges.

He has won many awards over his career, including the 2001 Semiconductor Research Corporation Aristotle Award for excellence in education, and most recently, the 2007 IEEE Circuits & Systems Industrial Pioneer Award. His work has been featured in venues ranging from "EE Times" to "The Economist" magazine. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.


The University of Michigan, PhD, 1984.
The University of Michigan, MS, 1979.
Wayne State University, BSECE, 1978.

  • Several Best Paper Awards: DAC1987, DAC2002, DATE2007, VLSIConf2008, among others.
  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Industrial Pioneer Award, 2007.
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation Technical Excellence Award, with CMU Prof. Rick Carley, 2004.
  • University of Michigan Alumni Merit Award for Electrical Engineering, 2002.
  • Eta Kappa Nu Excellence in Teaching Award, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2002.
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation Aristotle Award, 2001.
  • Stephen J. Jatras (E'47) Endowed Chair, 2001.
  • Fellow of the IEEE, 1998.
  • Benjamin Richard Teare Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon, 1991.
  • Eta Kappa Nu Excellence in Teaching Award, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon, 1989.
  • George Tallman Ladd Award for Excellence in Research, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon, 1987.
  • Presidential Young Investigator, National Science Foundation, 1987
  • University of Michigan College of Engineering Outstanding Student Award, CICE Division, 1983-1984.

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