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Dr. Irwin has been on the faculty at Penn State since 1977 where she currently holds the title of Emeritus Evan Pugh University Professor in Computer Science and Engineering. Prior to retirement in July 2017, she also was the A. Robert Noll Chair in Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Her research and teaching interests include computer architecture, multicore systems design, power and reliability aware design, embedded systems, and emerging technologies in computing systems. Dr. Irwin received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and an Honorary Doctorate from Chalmers University, Sweden.  She was named a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in 1995, a Fellow of The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 1996, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2003, and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) in 2009.  Awards she has received include the 2003 IEEE/CAS VLSI Transactions Best Paper of the Year Award, the 2004 DAC Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Award, the 2005 ACM Distinguished Service Award, the 2006 Computing Research Association (CRA) Distinguished Service Award, the 2007 Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award, the 2010 ACM Athena Lecturer Award, and the 2012 Ten-Year Retrospective Most Influential ASP-DAC Paper Award.

Dr. Irwin is currently serving as Chair of NAE's Membership Policy Committee. In the past she has served as a founding co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM's Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems and as Editor-in-Chief of ACM's Transactions on the Design Automation of Electronic Systems, on NAE's Committee on Membership (Chair for the Class of 2012), on ACM's Fellows Selection Committee (Chair for the Class of 2012), and as an elected member of the CRA's Board of Directors, of the IEEE Computer Society's Board of Governors, of ACM's Council, and Vice President of ACM.

Dr. Irwin's complete curriculum vitae is available online via  vitae.pdf. More details on her research (including publications) are available through the link below or at the Microsystems Design Lab ( ) group's webpage.

She and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 2016 and have one son (also a computer scientist), a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.

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