ECE welcomes Diana Marculescu as its new Associate Department Head for Academic Affairs


March 28, 2014

Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has named Professor Diana Marculescu its new Associate Department Head for Academic Affairs, effective June 1, 2014. In her new role, Marculescu will extend her work from the graduate affairs to the entire student body and will play a crucial role in integrating ECE’s diverse student body and programs and setting ECE’s longer-term educational strategy. She will succeed James Hoe who has finished his five-year term.

“I am extremely pleased that Diana will join the department leadership team as the new Associate Department Head for Academic Affairs.  Diana’s exceptional scholarly reputation, demonstrated commitment to preserving and enhancing the quality of our educational programs, the respect she shows to all and collegial nature make her an excellent choice for this position,” said Jelena Kovačević, Department Head of ECE.

Marculescu, Professor of ECE, has done research in energy- and reliability-aware computing, and more recently, in CAD for non-silicon applications, including computational biology and sustainability.

“Engineering education is currently undergoing a revolution in how academic institutions and their faculty deliver knowledge to their students and how they are engaging with each other on a global level. These are opportunities we should continue to explore while honoring our commitment to quality and distinction in education. I am excited to join ECE’s leadership team and work with our outstanding faculty on charting ECE’s next journey in educational leadership and holistic training of our students – from the classroom to the research lab and in the field.” said Marculescu, who joined CMU in 2000.

Marculescu received her Dipl. Ing. degree in Computer Science from "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Romania in 1991, her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from University of Southern California in 1998, and held visiting positions at Technical University Munich, University Joseph Fourier, and CEA-LETI.

She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Career Award (2000-2004), an ACM-SIGDA Technical Leadership Award (2003), the Carnegie Institute of Technology George Tallman Ladd Research Award (2004), an ACM-SIGDA Distinguished Service Award (2010), and Best Paper Awards from IEEE/ACM Asia South-Pacific Design Automation Conference (2005), IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (2008), IEEE International Symposium on Quality of Electronic Design (2009), and IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems (2011).

Marculescu was an IEEE-Circuits and Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer (2004-2005), the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (2005-2009), and is an ACM Distinguished Scientist. She was recently selected as an ELATE Fellow (2013-2014) and received an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2013-2017).

Since 2011, she has been chairing the ECE Graduate Studies Committee and was in charge with overseeing graduate education affairs in ECE. During this period, she has streamlined and improved several processes associated with graduate progress review and qualifying exam procedures. 

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