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Dec. 8: Carnegie Mellon's Shawn Blanton Named IEEE Fellow For Contributions to Electrical and Computer Engineering


Chriss Swaney                       

Carnegie Mellon's Shawn Blanton Named IEEE Fellow
For Contributions to Electrical and Computer Engineering

Shawn BlantonPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Ronald D. (Shawn) Blanton has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to the testing of micromechanical systems and integrated circuits.
"It is both an honor and a privilege to be named to such a prestigious group of peers," said Blanton, a professor in the university's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and director of the Center For Silicon Systems Implementation (CSSI).
Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering, said the honor is bestowed upon a limited number of IEEE members who have made important contributions to electrical and information technologies and sciences, and for the benefit of humanity and the profession.
Since 1995, Blanton has worked to create pioneering models to make tiny microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) operate more economically and efficiently in a wide variety of industry sectors.  
"Blanton has forged successful collaborations with industrial partners such as Freescale and Analog Devices where MEMS represent significant growth areas for these companies," said Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Rob Rutenbar, who nominated Blanton for IEEE fellow status.
Ed Schlesinger, head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, praised Blanton for his innovative leadership of the university's internationally recognized silicon systems center.
In February 2008, Blanton took the reins of a center that focuses its attention on all aspects of chip design, from system-level architecture to the physics and modeling of the complexities found in semiconductor manufacturing. Much of the CSSI's current research funding comes from the Semiconductor Research Corp., the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation.
In addition to his world-class research, Blanton is an active advocate for bolstering science and engineering education.
Blanton earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Calvin College in 1987 and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1989. He was awarded a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering in 1995 from the University of Michigan.