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Ken Shepard received a B.S.E. degree in 1987 from Princeton University, where he was valedictorian of his graduating class and received the Phi Beta Kappa prize for the highest academic standing. He went on to receive the M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering with a minor in physics from Stanford University in 1988 and 1992, respectively, on a fellowship from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. His Ph.D. research, also funded by a special Creativity in Engineering grant from the National Science Foundation, focussed on the physics of nanoscale devices. He was awarded the Hertz Foundation doctoral thesis prize in 1992, given each year to the best Ph.D. thesis from among Hertz fellows.
In 1992, he became a research staff member in the VLSI Design Department at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, and was promoted to manager in 1996. At IBM, he was responsible for the design methodology for IBM's first high-performance microprocessors for the S/390 mainframe (Alliance project). This design methodology became the basis for subsequent microprocessor designs at IBM. He received IBM research division awards in 1995 and 1997 for his contributions to the Alliance project team.
In 1997, he joined Columbia University, where he is now associate professor. At the same time, he cofounded CadMOS Design Technology, an EDA start-up which pioneered PacifIC and CeltIC, the first tools for large-scale signal integrity analysis of digital integrated circuits. The success of these tools led Cadence to acquire CadMOS in 2001.
Current research interests include design tools for advanced CMOS technology, including the CAD work in SOI circuits and extraction approaches for inductance that are being commercialized by Cadence. Professor Shepard and his students are also working on on-chip test and measurement circuitry including on-chip sampling oscilloscopes, low-power design techniques for digital signal processing, circuits for low-power intrachip communications, and CMOS gene chips. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 1998, the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award from the Columbia Engineering School in 1999, a best paper award at the 2001 International Conference on Computer Design, best paper runner-up at the 2003 International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits, and a winning entry in the 2003 ISLPED Low-Power Design Contest.
Professor Shepard is program chair for the 2002 International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD) and general chair of the 2003 ICCD. He was program chair of ISQED 2002 and conference cochair of ISQED 2003 and has served on the program committees of DAC, ICCD, ICCAD, GLS-VLSI, ISQED, and Tau. He was associate editor of IEEE transactions on VLSI from 1998–2001. He is a senior member of the IEEE.
Professor Shepard participates in the MARCO Focus Center on Circuits and Software Solutions.
For a complete listing of publications, visit http://www.bioee.ee.columbia.edu/publications/