Portrait of Iris Bahar

Iris Bahar

R. Iris Bahar received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She recently joined the faculty at the Colorado School of Mines in January 2022 and serves at Department Head of Computer Science.  Before joining Mines, she was on the faculty at Brown University for 26 years and held dual appointments as Professor of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science.   Her research interests focus on energy-efficient and reliable computing, from the system level to device level.  Most recently this includes the design of robotics systems.  Dr. Bahar is passionate about addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in many aspects of her work as she believes it is very important to the health of our community. She has been a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, and NSF events on challenges and strategies for women and underrepresented minorities in electronic design automation and technology.  Her efforts in undergraduate curriculum development have aimed at broadening participation and inclusion in the classroom. Finally, Prof. Bahar can be found at various mentoring events advising students, aspiring academics, and junior faculty on their careers in engineering, computing, and technology.

Iris is the 2019 recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award and the Brown University School of Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching in Engineering, as well as the recipient of the 2022 University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2024 IEEE Field Medal in Undergraduate Teaching.  Iris is an IEEE fellow and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

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