Carnegie Mellon University

Shawn Blanton

Shawn Blanton

Trustee Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Shawn Blanton is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. In 1995 he received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests include various aspects of integrated system test, testable design, and test methodology development. He has consulted for various companies, and is the founder of TestWorks, a Carnegie Mellon University spinout focused on information extraction from IC test data.

He received a Career Award from the National Science Foundation in 1997, and IBM Faculty Partnership Awards in 2005 and 2006. He has given over one-hundred talks at many universities and companies that include Stanford, Yale, Texas A&M, Duke, Purdue, Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, IBM, Delphi, Hewlett Packard, CISCO, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, Freescale, Motorola and Nvidia. He has served on various technical program committees that include the IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference, IEEE VLSI Test Symposium, IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, the International Test Conference, and an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on CAD. He has published over 100 refereed conference and journal papers and has seven U.S. patents or patent applications filed. He is a fellow of the IEEE and senior member of the ACM and served as the Program Chair for the 2011 International Test Conference.

Dr. Blanton is also significantly involved in the recruitment of minority candidates for graduate school. Most of his activities center on direct recruitment at the annual convention of the National Society Black Engineers. In 2006, he spearheaded the university’s efforts (CMU@NSBE) for the 2006 NSBE convention held here in Pittsburgh. In 2006, Blanton was awarded an Emerald Award for outstanding leadership in recruiting and mentoring minorities for advanced degrees in science and technology.


Ph.D., 1995 
Computer Science and Engineering 
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

M.S., 1989 
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
University of Arizona

B.S., 1987 
Calvin College



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