PITTSBURGH—Rob A. Rutenbar has been named the
University of Pittsburgh’s senior vice chancellor for research. In this
newly established position, he will lead the University’s strategic
vision for research and innovation, enhancing existing technological
“I am delighted to welcome Rob to the University of Pittsburgh as our
inaugural senior vice chancellor for research,” said Chancellor Patrick
Gallagher. “His experience as a researcher, innovator, collaborator and
entrepreneur — both inside and outside of the university — make Rob
uniquely qualified to support our faculty’s research and innovation
efforts and to champion Pitt research on a local, national and global
Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson said Rutenbar is exceptionally well-suited for the role.
“His administrative, entrepreneurial and research experiences align
well with our vision for a leader who drives excellence and will serve
as a champion for the University of Pittsburgh,” she said.
“Rob’s experiences and expertise in both the academic world and the
private sector make him the perfect individual to fully integrate and
expand upon Pitt’s University-level research and medical school
endeavors,” said Arthur S. Levine, senior vice chancellor for the health
sciences and the John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the School of
Medicine. “In the coming years, we hope to be an internationally
recognized model for how the various divisions of an educational
institution can communicate and work together. Rob Rutenbar is precisely
the type of professional needed to accomplish that goal.”
Working with other senior University officials, the senior vice
chancellor for research is responsible for establishing and implementing
a long-term plan for research infrastructure. The position manages the
University’s Center for Research Computing, Economic Partnerships, the
Innovation Institute, the Office of Export Controls, the Office of
Research, the Research Conduct and Compliance Office and the Radiation
Additionally, Rutenbar will have an active role with the University's Swanson School of Engineering.
“Dr. Rutenbar is an internationally=acclaimed scholar in
computer engineering, and we are most excited that he is joining the faculty of our
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering here in the Swanson School of
Engineering," saidAlan George, chair of the Swanson School's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "We are looking forward to his contributions to and collaboration with our ECE research
Rutenbar brings nearly 40 years of experience in innovation and
technology to Pitt. His research focuses on three broad categories:
tools for a wide variety of integrated circuit design issues, methods
for managing the statistics of nanoscale chip design and custom computer
architectures for perceptual and data analytics problems.
Rutenbar currently serves as the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering
and heads the Department of Computer Science at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this role, he oversees a department
composed of 70 faculty members and more than 2,400 students that is
currently ranked as the No. 5 computer science program in the nation by
U.S. News and World Report. Prior to assuming that position in 2010,
Rutenbar was a faculty member within Carnegie Mellon University’s
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for 25 years.
As an entrepreneur, Rutenbar founded the tech firms Neolinear Inc.
and Voci Technologies, Inc. in 1998 and 2006, respectively. He was the
founding director for the Center for Circuit and System Solutions, a
multi-university consortium that focused on next-generation chip design
challenges. The recipient of 14 U.S. patent grants, his endeavors have
been funded by such notable entities as AT&T, Google, IBM, the
National Science Foundation and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure
Technology Alliance. Rutenbar is the author of eight books and 175
published research articles.
In recognition of his career accomplishments, Rutenbar was elected a
fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. He has twice won the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ coveted Donald O.
Pedersen Best Paper Award. He was recognized with distinguished alumnus
awards from both the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.
In 2002, Rutenbar was named Carnegie Mellon’s Stephen J. Jatras Chair in
Electrical and Computer Engineering, an endowed professorship position
he held until leaving that university in 2010.
Rutenbar earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at
Wayne State University in 1978. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees
in computer, information and control engineering at the University of
Michigan in 1979 and 1984, respectively.
Rutenbar will join Pitt’s senior leadership team in July.
Anthony Moore, University Communications, 4/10/2017
Contact: Paul Kovach