Yehia Massoud is the Director of the Complex and Smart Systems Laboratory and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He was the ECE department Head from July 2012 to July 2017. He strongly advocated for dynamic curricula that combine foundational competencies and knowledge breadth, along with a vibrant innovation mindset. During his five-year term as the department head, the department saw an unprecedented growth in research expenditures, research output, industrial partnerships, undergraduate and graduate student enrolments, unrestricted funds and gifts, and the visibility and recognition of the department, along with a 25-position improvement in the department rankings by U.S News & World Report (from 91 to 65).
He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999. He was a Group Leader in the Advanced Technology Group at Synopsys Inc. in Mountain View, CA from 1999 to 2003, where he was awarded the Synopsys Special Recognition Engineering Award. He joined Rice University in July 2003 and became one of the fastest Rice faculty to be granted tenure in the department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science in July 2007. He was selected as one of the ten MIT Alumni featured by the EECS department at MIT in 2012. He was a recipient of the Rising Star of Texas Medal in 2007, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2005, and the DAC fellowship in 2005. He has been selected to the IEEE CAS Awards Nomination Committee, the IEEE Mac Valkenburg Award Selection Committee, the IEEE Nanotechnology Council, the IEEE Rebooting Computing Steering Committee, the IEEE ISCAS Steering Committee, and the IEEE/ACM GLSVLSI Steering Committee, as well as an official nominee for the Japan Prize.
Yehia Massoud is a Fellow of the IEEE and was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for 2014-2015. He is the Editor of the Mixed-Signal Letters - the Americas. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (TVLSI) and the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I (TCAS-I) as well as a Guest Editor of a special issue of the IEEE TCAS-I. He also served as the 2016 IEEE MWCAS Technical Program Co-Chair as well as the 2009 General Program Co-Chair and the 2007 Technical Program Co-Chair of the ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI. He received several Best Paper Award Nominations and two Best Paper Awards at the 2007 IEEE International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design and the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology. He has been a PI or a Co-PI on more than $21 Million of funded research from the NSF, DOD, SRC, and the industry.