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ShiDr. Weiping Shi, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to modeling and design of very large scale integration (VLSI) interconnects.

IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. The grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person for achieving an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting membership.

“Dr. Weiping Shi is well-known for solving long-standing unsolved problems. His research has a profound impact on both academic theory and state-of-the-art of industrial products,” said Dr. Jiang Hu, professor in the electrical and computer engineering department and group leader for the Computer Engineering and Systems Group. “IEEE Fellow is a big honor that he genuinely deserves.”

Shi’s research interests include electronic design automation (EDA), VLSI and design and analysis of algorithms. His current projects include modeling, layout synthesis and testing. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Semiconductor Research Corporation, ARP/ATP, Texas Instruments, Intel and IBM.

Shi received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Jiaotong University in China.

Shi began working at Texas A&M in 2000. He is a world-renowned expert on integrated circuits and EDA. In 2012, he created a new course, Computer Engineering Entrepreneurship, which teaches students how to start a software company, run it and successfully exit.

Shi’s previous honors include an IBM Faculty Award, best paper awards from the Design Automation Conference, and Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference and a Research Initiation Award from the NSF.