Shawn Blanton is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University where he serves as director of the Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI, www.ece.cmu.edu/~cssi), an organization consisting of 18 faculty members and over 80 students focused on the design and manufacture of silicon-based systems. He received the Bachelor's degree in engineering from Calvin College in 1987, a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989 from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1995.
Professor Blanton’s research interests are housed in the Advanced Chip Testing Laboratory (ACTL, www.ece.cmu.edu/~actl) and include the verification, test and diagnosis of integrated, heterogeneous systems. He has published many papers in these areas and has several issued and pending patents in the area of IC test and diagnosis. Prof. Blanton has received the National Science Foundation Career Award for the development of a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) testing methodology and two IBM Faculty Partnership Awards. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and is the recipient of the 2006 Emerald Award for outstanding leadership in recruiting and mentoring minorities for advanced degrees in science and technology.