Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
PhD EE 2005
I am fortunate to receive my Ph.D. training at Purdue ECE which prepared me well for my academic career: I greatly benefited from the comprehensive curriculum and had the precious opportunity to work with world-class faculty members and students on cutting-edge research problems. As an international student 7000 miles away from family, I also received many ECE staff members' helps and supports. I am proud to be a Boilermaker!"
Dr. Yiran Chen earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Purdue in 2005. He is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. Previously, Chen was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and also worked in industry.
At Duke University, Chen serves as the director of the NSF AI Institute for Edge Computing Leveraging the Next-generation Networks (Athena) and the NSF Industry–University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) for Alternative Sustainable and Intelligent Computing (ASIC), and the co-director of Duke Center for Computational Evolutionary Intelligence (CEI). His group focuses on the research of new memory and storage systems, machine learning and neuromorphic computing, and mobile computing systems.
Chen has published one book and roughly 500 technical publications and has been granted 96 US patents. He is now serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine. He is the distinguished lecturer of IEEE CEDA and is listed in the HPCA Hall of Fame. Chen is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM, now serving as the chair of ACM SIGDA.
Chen also earned a B.S. in Electronics Engineering in 1998 and an M.S. in Electronics in 2001, both from Tsinghua University.