Peter Beerel, Associate Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, will receive the 2008 Outstanding Engineer Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 6 Southern Area. Prof. Beerel's research field is in asynchronous circuits and design tools. Asynchronous circuits have many benefits in high performance network and interconnection applications. They offer lower delay and consume less energy than functionally equivalent synchronous circuits because they do not clock unless useful data is actually being processed. Peter is one of the leading research pioneers in this subject; thus his award citation reads: "For innovative design and computer-aided design (CAD) tools that significantly advance the application of asynchronous circuits in modern VLSI chips."
He received his B.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, in 1989, his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1991 and 1994, respectively, and joined USC in 1994. In addition to his electrical engineering appointment, he is the Faculty Director of Innovation Studies at the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, and served as Education Director of Stevens in the past. He has received many awards and honors for his research and teaching, including a National Science Foundation Career Award, a USC Zumberge Fellowship, and several best research paper awards.
Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, systems chair of the Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering faculty said, "Our department joins me in congratulating Peter for this IEEE award that recognizes his achievements in asynchronous circuit technology."