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We are a team of four people from two university locations.

Dr. Sarma Vrudhula

Director – Center for Embedded Systems

Arizona State University

Research Interests: VLSI design automation and CAD with a focus on improving the power consumption and energy efficiency of digital systems. Research covers new circuit architectures for low power, including emerging nanoscale hardware approaches at the device, circuit and micro-architecture levels, and post-CMOS device technologies; logic synthesis and optimization, system level dynamic power and thermal management of multicore processors, energy optimization of battery powered computing systems and wireless sensor networks, models and methods for the analysis and optimization of power and performance in the presence of process variations.

Honors and Awards: Best researcher, senior faculty (CIDSE) 2009, 2011; Best Paper Award: International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED) 2008; Outstanding Paper Award: Mixed Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems Conference 2001; Directorship, Center for Low Power Electronics, University of Arizona; Formerly Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on VLSI and ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES);

Key Activities: Director, NSF I/UCRC Center for Embedded Systems; Associate Editor for the IEEE Transaction on CAD

Dr. Spyros Tragoudas

Site Director (SIU)– Center for Embedded Systems

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Research Interests: VLSI Design and Test Automation and embedded systems

Honors and Awards: three outstanding paper awards

Key Activities: founding director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) on Embedded Systems at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) site; published more than 70 journal papers and 130 articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings; program and general chair of the DFTS’09 and DFTS’10, respectively; serves on the editorial board of several journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Computers; senior member of the IEEE

Lisa Christian

Center Project Manager

Arizona State University

Lisa brings 20 years of experience in public relations consulting to ASU’s Center for Embedded Systems, which she joined in January 2011. Working for small-to mid-sized PR agencies, Lisa managed clients – primarily business-to-business technology companies in the semiconductor equipment and embedded systems segments – leading communications programs including marketing research and strategy, media relations, crisis communications, business integration plans, and writing / editing everything from organization mission and positioning statements to executive speaking points and speeches, Website text, annual reports, employee communications, market segment white papers, branding campaigns, and press materials.

Nancy Beasley

Site Project Manager (SIU)– Center for Embedded Systems

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Nancy’s engineering and organizational background, stemming from both academia and industry, bring a strong technical expertise to her role as project manager for the Center for Embedded Systems’ SIUC site. She also oversees the department’s computing resources; assisting students and faculty on computer hardware and software tools; and developing database applications for budget tracking and project monitoring. Prior to joining SIUC in 2006, Nancy was an electrical engineer at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, managing both software development life cycle projects and assisting in development of microcontroller boards. Her early love of technical problem solving developed in roles as an embedded systems programmer for a leading board manufacturer and as an electronics technician for the United States Navy.