Supported by nearly five decades of professional experience in engineering, Dr. Michael Lee Bushnell has served as the co-founder and chief technology officer at Spectral Design & Test, Inc., since 2008. Specializing in ultra-large integrated circuits at the analog and digital levels and the testing and synthesizing of such circuits, Dr. Bushnell holds eight U.S. patents and two European patents. Additionally, he is a past professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, which named him professor emeritus in 2013.
Dr. Bushnell commenced his tenure at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 1986, having accumulated 27 years at the university before receiving emeritus status. During this time, he also served the university’s CAIP Research Center, the Wireless Information Networks Laboratory and the Rutgers Center for Operations Research. Prior to joining the university, he was a member of the technical staff in the advanced system development department at Applicon, Inc., from 1979 to 1981 and a senior systems programmer at Instron Corporation from 1976 to 1979. He commenced his career in 1974, having served as an associate engineer in the automation department at Honeywell Information Systems for two years.
Before embarking on his career, Dr. Bushnell attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in computer science in 1975. He went on to receive a Master of Science in computer engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983 and 1986, respectively. Thereafter, Dr. Bushnell was recognized as a Henry Rutgers Research Fellow and completed a Trustee’s Research Fellowship for Distinguished Young Scholars in 1992.
To date, Dr. Bushnell has contributed 29 journal articles in scientific publications, 78 conference papers in proceedings, 29 technical reports, and 56 invited presentations at universities, conferences and corporations. He also authored “Design Automation” in 1988, among many other works. As a testament to his success, he received the 2008 Fellow Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the 1990 Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He was recognized among the Leading Academics and Industrial Researchers by Top 100 Magazine in 2019. Dr. Bushnell is a lifetime fellow of the IEEE.
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