March 5, 2001
ECE Professor Rob Rutenbar received the Stephen J. Jatras (E47) Professorship and the 2001 Aristotle Award. He is an internationally known researcher in CAD for analog circuit synthesis, parallel algorithms for CAD, automatic layout of mixed signals, and high-speed digital circuits.
Winning the Semiconductor Research Corporation's (SRC) Aristotle Award for outstanding teaching and advising, Rutenbar was nominated for his commitment to student education, advising, and research. Since joining the ECE department in 1984, he has graduated more than 20 M.S. students and 18 Ph.D. students. His contributions to the ECE curriculum have been modeled by many other universities; the sophomore Introduction to Computer Engineering course he developed is one of the 3 required core courses in the ECE curriculum. Rutenbar recently chaired a committee to revise the ECE Ph.D. qualifier system.
The Associate Director of the Center for Electronic Design Automation during 1991-1992, Rutenbar served as its Director from 1993-1997, and is now the Director of the new multi-university MARCO Center for Circuits, Software, and Systems (C2S2).
A paper he co-authored (with Professor of ECE Richard Carley and Ramesh Harjani) for the Design Systems, Languages, and Software area at the 24th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference was recognized as one of the most influential papers in the first 25 years of the conference. He was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., (IEEE) in 1998.
Rutenbar is also a consultant for many companies and is the co-founder, along with Rick Carley, of Neolinear, a Pittsburgh-based technology company specializing in high-speed analog signal processing circuits. Mark Kryder was the first recipient of the Jatras Chair.