Robert Brayton 2010
Robert K. Brayton
BS '56, Electrical Engineering
Almost every microchip designed in the past 20 years has Robert K. Brayton’s stamp on it. As one of the world’s leading experts in computer-aided design (CAD), and Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Brayton’s methods have been adopted throughout the microchip industry. His research at the University of California–Berkeley has made him one of the most visible and respected members of the international EDA community.
After earning his doctorate in mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brayton joined the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where he developed algorithms for numerical analysis, which were used in IBM’s proprietary circuit simulator, the Advanced Statistical Analysis Program (ASTAP). His work in logic synthesis, used in the Berkeley tools ESPRESSO and MIS, revolutionized automated logic design, and has been the basis for many software tools offered by leading CAD vendors. He took early retirement from IBM in 1987 and joined the faculty at Berkeley, where he held the Buckner Chair in EECS and retired as the Cadence Distinguished Professor of Engineering.
The author of 10 books and more than 450 papers, Brayton is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE. His many awards include the European EDAA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Anson Marston Medal from Iowa State’s College of Engineering, the EDAC Phil Kaufman Award, the ACM Paris Kanallakis Award, the IEEE Emanuel Piore Award, and the ACM/IEEE A. R. Newton Technical Impact Award.
Brayton and his wife, Ruth, live in Berkeley, Calif., and Burlington, Vt., and he is a lifetime member of the ISU Alumni Association.