Emily Ruppel

PhD Student


Carnegie Mellon University
          CIC 410
          4720 Forbes Ave
          Pittsburgh, PA 15213


I am a PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at CMUs and a member of the ABSTRACT research group led by Professor Brandon Lucia. My research interests include computer architecture and hardware/software codesign. Specifically I research systems of intermittently powered, energy harvesting devices and programmer interfaces to power system controls for these highly energy constrained devices.


Carnegie Mellon University
2016 - Present

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Maryland, College Park
2012 - 2016

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Minor in Computer Engineering
Magna Cum Laude, with Gemstone Honors Citation

Professional Experience

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems: Power Conversion Technology
May 2016 - Aug 2016

Contributed to the design of a point-of-load power supply for a radar antenna control board by using LTSPICE simulations to select power regulators and by drawing the resulting schematics using CAD tools. Tested and corrected errors in the initialization sequence of radar antenna control boards by applying knowledge of the LTPowerPlay software and an understanding of the onboard linear regulator clocking protocols.

IBM, Memory Development Department
Mar 2012 - Dec 2014

Assessed the compliance of a memory initialization sequence for the DDR4 LRDIMM with JEDEC specifications using digital logic analyzer traces of the system operation and corrected errors in the procedure. Conducted failure analysis of memory cards used in the Z Systems mainframe and presented these findings to assist a team seeking to identify the cause of a hardware malfunction.


I like to consider myself a runner and a fledgling Pittsburgher. In the course of realizing both of those titles, I've ended up snapping some mediocre pictures of a wonderful city while exploring Pittsburgh on foot!