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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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.


Pileggi on Tesla’s legacy

ECE Head Larry Pileggi commented on Nikola Tesla inventions that should have made the inventor famous, including the Tesla coils.

CMU Engineering

Energy Week 2019: What’s next in energy innovation

From March 25 – 28, 2019, the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University will hold CMU Energy Week 2019.

Carnegie Mellon – CMKL | Thailand

Carnegie Mellon – CMKL | Thailand partners visited CMU Pittsburgh campus to foster collaboration

Carnegie Mellon – CMKL | Thailand hosted three of Thailand’s corporate leaders at CMU’s Pittsburgh campus on March 11-13, 2019. The visit was designed to foster collaboration between CMU and its new partners in Thailand.

CMU Engineering

Pileggi named ECE department head

Larry Pileggi has been named head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University effective March 1.

Choose Energy

Pileggi comments on vulnerability of US power grid

According to ECE’s Larry Pileggi in an article for Choose Energy, hackers can most certainly use vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Spectre to attack the country's power grid.

Choose Energy

Pileggi comments on benefits of microgrids in ChooseEnergy

In an article for ChooseEnergy, ECE’s Larry Pileggi talks about the benefits and importance of microgrids.

CMU Engineering

Protecting the power grid

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Larry Pileggi and his graduate students have developed a simulation approach that could potentially help experts model and simulate the power grid more reliably, thereby protecting it from possible cybersecurity threats in the future.