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Sept. 15: Carnegie Mellon's Larry Pileggi Wins Aristotle Award for Outstanding Teaching


Chriss Swaney                    

Carnegie Mellon’s Larry Pileggi Wins
Aristotle Award for Outstanding Teaching

Larry PileggiPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University’s Larry Pileggi will receive the prestigious Aristotle Award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation when the 2008 TechCon Conference is rescheduled following cleanup from Hurricane Ike. This annual award was established in 1995 to recognize faculty who have had a deep commitment to the educational experience over a long period of time.
Pileggi, the Tanoto Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, is being recognized for his innovative teaching abilities as evidenced by the outstanding research accomplishments of his students.
“Professor Pileggi is a great teacher and research advisor,” said Peng Li, a 2003 graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and a professor at Texas A&M University. “It was an invaluable experience to be part of his research team, and to see how he injected his wisdom into projects to ensure that the research stayed on a strategically, well-planned course which led to a successful end,” said Li, who nominated Pileggi for the award.
Ed Schlesinger, head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, said the Aristotle Award was created by the Semiconductor Research Corporation to recognize teaching excellence in the broadest sense, emphasizing student advising and teaching during the process.
“Larry continues to raise the bar and set the standard when it comes to creating a highly successful environment that allows all of his students to collaborate and be innovative in a multidisciplinary environment,” Schlesinger said.
A visionary, Pileggi has been a pioneer in developing new methods and techniques for various digital and analog integrated circuit design for the competitive semiconductor industry.  
“I am both delighted and surprised to win this award,” said Pileggi, who began teaching at Carnegie Mellon in 1996.  
In addition to this latest accolade, the Semiconductor Research Corporation recently awarded the 2007 Richard A. Newton Industrial Impact Award to Pileggi for his work in the MARCO/DARPA Gigascale Research Center. He has consulted for various semiconductor companies and served as a founder for three companies, including Fabbrix Inc., which was recently acquired by PDF Solutions of San Jose, Calif. Along with his academic responsibilities, Pileggi currently serves as a chief technologist for PDF Solutions.
Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, Pileggi worked for Westinghouse Research and Development, where he was recognized with the corporation’s highest engineering achievement award in 1986. He was an accomplished faculty member at the University of Texas from 1989 through 1995.
Pileggi received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984, and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1989.