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ACM SIGDA names Pitt’s Dr. Yiran Chen as Outstanding New Faculty Award winner for 2014

PITTSBURGH (March 27, 2014) … Yiran Chen, PhD , assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, was named the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding New Faculty Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) . The award will be presented at the annual Design Automation Conference on June 3 in San Francisco.

The SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award recognizes a junior faculty member early in her or his academic career who demonstrates outstanding potential as an educator and/or researcher in the field of electronic design automation. While prior research and/or teaching accomplishments are important, the selection committee considers the impact that the candidate has had on her or his department and on the EDA field during the initial years of their academic appointment.

Dr. Chen's research interests include nano-electronic devices (silicon and non-silicon), low-power circuit design and computer architecture, emerging memory technologies, nano-scale reconfigurable computing system and sensor system, energy harvesting for alternative renewable energy.

About ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation
SIGDA is committed to advancing the skills and knowledge of electronic design automation professionals and students throughout the world. We do so in a variety of ways: sponsoring and organizing international workshops, symposia and conferences; leading the way in capturing archival electronic design automation publications on CD-ROM; providing travel grants to sponsored workshops, symposia and conferences; pioneering the maintenance and distribution of electronic design automation benchmarks; hosting university and government researchers for software demonstrations at the University Booth at DAC and ICCAD; publishing the SIGDA Newsletter; maintaining a World Wide Web access site on Internet; and by initiating the new ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems.