Larry Pileggi is the Tanoto Professor and Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has previously held positions at Westinghouse Research and Development and the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1989. He has consulted for various semiconductor and EDA companies, and was co-founder of Fabbrix Inc. (acquired by PDF Solutions) and Extreme DA (acquired by Synopsys).

His research interests include various aspects of digital and analog integrated circuit design, and design methodologies. He has received various awards, including Westinghouse corporation’s highest engineering achievement award; a Presidential Young Investigator award from the National Science Foundation; Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Technical Excellence Awards in 1991 and 1999; the FCRP inaugural Richard A. Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award; the SRC Aristotle award in 2008; the 2010 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Mac Van Valkenburg Award; the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation in 2011; the Carnegie Institute of Technology B.R. Teare Teaching Award for 2013; and the 2015 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award.

He is a co-author of Electronic Circuit and System Simulation Methods (McGraw-Hill, 1995), and IC Interconnect Analysis (Kluwer, 2002). He has published more than 300 conference and journal and holds 39 U.S. patents. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

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1989 Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

1984 MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

1983 BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

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Carnegie Mellon University Africa

A passion for power systems

Electrical and computer engineering master’s student Marshal Ruzvidzo is in Pittsburgh this semester as part of CMU-Africa’s global exchange program.

Electronic Engineering Journal

Pileggi honored with 2023 Phil Kaufman Award

ECE Head Larry Pileggi will be honored with the 2023 Phil Kaufman Award for his pioneering contributions to circuit simulation and optimization that have enabled the industry to address the challenge of interconnect delay dominated designs, and for his innovations in electrical and computer engineering education.


Afretec planning grants announced

The African Engineering and Technology Network, led by CMU-Africa, awarded six planning grants to research collaborations that will lead to socio-economic impact and focus on driving inclusive digital growth on the continent.

CMU Engineering

Gift to advance Electrical and Computer Engineering

A lifetime of innovation and leadership in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has inspired a Carnegie Mellon alumnus to make a generous gift to support electrical and computer engineering at the institution.

National Academy of Inventors

Pileggi named to the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors has elected Larry Pileggi from Carnegie Mellon University to its 2021 cohort of fellows.

CMU Engineering

Optimizing power grid simulation

Electrical and Computer Engineering researchers are working on ways to prevent power grid failures with fast, highly-accurate simulations and optimizations.

CMU Engineering

Team builds tools, innovations to support federal investment

With major investments in infrastructure and innovation pending, a multi-disciplinary initiative lead by EPP’s Erica Fuchs is building the tools and innovations to inform government decisions.

The Academic Minute

CMU Engineering week on The Academic Minute

August 16 begins Carnegie Mellon Engineering week on National Public Radio’s (NPR) The Academic Minute. Each day, a different professor will discuss interesting facets of their research. The faculty lineup includes: Daniel Armanios, Amir Barati Farimani, Bin He, Destenie Nock, and Larry Pillegi.

CMU Engineering

Preparing the chip workforce of the future

With decreasing interest in the field of integrated circuit design, CMU has found a way to attract students to the career opportunities.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Phishing, fairness, and more: CyLab’s 2021 seed funding awardees

Over $350K in seed funding has been awarded to 14 different faculty and staff in seven different departments across three colleges at CMU.

Greet Tech Media

Pileggi’s Pearl Street Technologies featured in Green Tech Media

ECE Head Larry Pileggi’s Pittsburgh-based startup Pearl Street Technologies has raised pre-seed investment for its integrated-circuit modeling technology SUGAR.

Scott Institute

Kar, Nock, and Pileggi named Energy Fellows

ECE’s Soummya Kar and CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock were named Energy Fellows at the Scott Institute. ECE Head Larry Pileggi was named a Senior Energy Fellow.