Professor Mary Jane Irwin's Athena Lecture took place June 22, 2010, at the 37th International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA 2010) in Saint-Malo, France.
For wide-ranging service to the computing community, especially in areas related to professional society leadership and governance. Mary Jane Irwin epitomizes distinguished service, not just within ACM, but on a very broad front. Dr. Irwin has compiled an extraordinary record, serving her country, her profession, and her university while attaining international stature as a researcher. She is currently co-chair of ACM's Publications Board, the co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM's Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems, and a member of the CRA-W Steering Committee. Dr. Irwin chaired the NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE), and was a member of the Technical Advisory Board of the Army Research Lab (chairing the Digitization and Communication Systems Panel) and an elected member of the CRA's Board of Directors. She was also elected to SIGARCH's Board of Directors, and appointed to SIGDA's Board of Directors. Dr. Irwin was Editor-in-Chief of ACM's Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems, and served as an elected member of the IEEE Computer Society's Board of Governors, and as Vice President of ACM. A committed advocate for student and junior members of the computing community, Dr. Irwin was co-founder of the annual workshop for women in design automation. She tirelessly wrote funding proposals, nominated many women for awards, and organized a program for mentoring mid-career women faculty as a member of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research. Dr. Irwin has been active in the Penn State University community, serving on the Commission for Women, the Women in Engineering Program Advisory Board, the Information Sciences and Technology School Implementation Committee, and as head of the Computer Science Department. Dr. Irwin is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
For contributions to computer arithmetic, digital signal processing architectures, and electronic CAD and outstanding service to ACM/SIG activities.
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Dr. Irwin has been on the faculty at Penn State since 1977 where she currently holds the title of Evan Pugh Professor and A. Robert Noll Chair in Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Her research and teaching interests include computer architecture, multicore systems design, power and reliability aware design, embedded systems, and emerging technologies in computing systems. Dr. Irwin received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and an Honorary Doctorate from Chalmers University, Sweden. She was named a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in 1995, a Fellow of The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 1996, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2003, and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) in 2009. Awards she has received include the 2003 IEEE/CAS VLSI Transactions Best Paper of the Year Award, the 2004 DAC Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Award, the 2005 ACM Distinguished Service Award, the 2006 Computing Research Association (CRA) Distinguished Service Award, the 2007 Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award, the 2010 ACM Athena Lecturer Award, and the 2012 Ten-Year Retrospective Most Influential ASP-DAC Paper Award. Dr. Irwin is currently serving as Chair of NAE's Membership Policy Committee. In the past she has served as a founding co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM's Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems and as Editor-in-Chief of ACM's Transactions on the Design Automation of Electronic Systems, on NAE's Committee on Membership (Chair for the Class of 2012), on ACM's Fellows Selection Committee (Chair for the Class of 2012), and as an elected member of the CRA's Board of Directors, of the IEEE Computer Society's Board of Governors, of ACM's Council, and Vice President of ACM. Dr. Irwin's complete curriculum vitae is available online via vitae.pdf. More details on her research (including publications) are available through the link below or at the Microsystems Design Lab (http://www.cse.psu.edu/research/mdl ) group's webpage. She and her husband celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in July 2014 and have two grandchildren, Kai and Milo.