Carnegie Mellon University

Larry Pileggi

Larry Pileggi

Tanoto Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Larry Pileggi is the Tanoto Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He previously held positions at Westinghouse Research and Development and the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. His research interests include various aspects of digital and analog design and design methodologies. He has consulted for various semiconductor and EDA companies, and was a co-founder of Fabbrix (acquired by PDF Solutions in 2007) and Extreme DA (acquired by Synopsys in 2011).

He has received various awards, including Westinghouse corporation’s highest engineering achievement award, a Presidential Young Investigator award from the National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Technical Excellence Awards in 1991 and 1999, the inaugural Richard A. Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award, the SRC Aristotle award in 2008, the 2010 EEE Circuits and Systems Society Mac Van Vlakenburg Award, the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation in 2011, the Carnegie Institute of Technology B.R. Teare Teaching Award for 2013, and the 2015 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award. He is a co-author of “Electronic Circuit and System Simulation Methods,” McGraw-Hill, 1995 and “IC Interconnect Analysis,” Springer, 2002. He has published over 300 refeereed conference and journal papers and holds 38 U.S. patents. He is a fellow of IEEE.


Ph.D., 1989 
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Carnegie Mellon University

M.S., 1984 
Electrical Engineering 
University of Pittsburgh

B.S., 1983 
Electrical Engineering 
University of Pittsburgh


Advanced Methods for Power Systems

As the electric power grid becomes "smarter" and more complex, ensuring its reliability and security becomes increasingly more challenging. While a grid that is comprised of transmission lines, load impedances and generators would seem to naturally fit an equivalent circuit representation, the evaluation of power flow has been traditionally performed in terms of real and reactive power abstractions. Dr. Pileggi's group has established a new paradigm for power systems based on an equivalent circuit representation that enables new methods for control, resilience, redundancy allocation and more that are correlated with the physics-based behavior of the electric grid and that benefit from the application of advanced Machine Learning (ML) techniques.

Integrated Circuits in Advanced and Emerging Technologies

As we approach the end of integrated circuit (IC) scaling, there is great interest in enabling design and cost trade-offs with end-of-roadmap CMOS, while also exploring integration with emerging post-CMOS technologies. Toward this goal it is important for research exploration to concurrently consider the circuit and device possibilities that will impact specific architectures and application opportunities. Dr. Pileggi's group is investigating new CMOS design methodologies and application of post-CMOS technologies for a myriad of applications that span from futuristic circuit architectures to nanoscale probes for brain interaction and mapping.


  • Design and design methodologies for electronic integrated systems
  • Secure integrated circuit hardware
  • Simulation and optimization of power systems

Related news

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Pileggi comments on vulnerability of US power grid

Cybersecurity researchers are concerned that the country’s power grid could be threatened by microprocessor vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Spectre, two chip flaws that let attackers capture sensitive information (like passwords) stored in the memory of other programs.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Pileggi comments on benefits of microgrids in ChooseEnergy

In an article for ChooseEnergy, Larry Pileggi talks about the benefits and importance of microgrids.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Protecting the power grid with circuit simulation methods

In December 2015, Russian hackers allegedly pummeled Ukraine’s power grid, disrupting the flow of electricity for nearly a quarter-million Ukrainians. Then, in December 2016, roughly a year after the first attack, the hackers struck again. But this time, they targeted an electric transmission station in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Each cyberattack lasted no more than six hours, but security experts were still alarmed: hackers had just demonstrated their ability to infiltrate the grid and drastically alter the flow of society.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pileggi and students receive Best Paper Award at IEEE PES

A team of ECE researchers recently received the Prize Paper Award in the Best Conference Papers Session on Power System Planning, Operation, and Electricity Markets at the 2017 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

ECE team places first in international CAD contest

The team, under the guidance of ECE professor Larry Pileggi, took first place in Problem C: Pattern Classification for Integrated Circuit Design Space Analysis, with a $5000 prize.