October 25, 2002
Rob Rutenbar, Jatras Professor of ECE and CS; Director, Center for Circuits, Software, and Systems (C2S2) was the recipient of the University of Michigan's Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award in Electrical Engineering. The Detroit native was recognized "for his outstanding professional achievements and contributions to society." Rutenbar was presented with the honor at the Colleges annual Alumni Society Awards Dinner during Homecoming weekend. He is an internationally recognized researcher in computer-aided design and synthesis for analog integrated circuits. A key innovator in engineering education and a dedicated teacher, Rutenbar joined CMU in 1984 after receiving his MSE and Ph.D. in computer, information and control engineering from the University of Michigan.
He is a former director of CMU's Center for Electronic Design Automation and co-founded Neolinear, a Pittsburgh-based startup specializing in analog circuit synthesis tools, with Richard Carley, ST Microelectronics Professor of ECE; Director of CHIPS. As the director of the MARCO Focus C2S2, he leads a consortium of 10 universities charged with developing the next generation of semiconductor systems, supported by the U.S. semiconductor industry and Department of Defense.
The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) honored Rutenbar with its Aristotle Award for outstanding achievement in teaching. CMU also recognized him with several awards for excellence in both teaching and research. A past NSF Presidential Young Investigator, he was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., (IEEE) in 1998 for his contributions to CAD tools for the synthesis and layout of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits.