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Abshire, Pamela

Pam Abshire
Professor
ECE, ISR
A.V. Williams 2211
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(301)405-6629

Research Interests 

Biotechnology, Channel capacity and efficiency of blowfly photoreceptors, Channel capacity and efficiency of silicon photoreceptors, Fundamental limits on switching energy of the CMOS inverter, Silicon-On-Sapphire (SOS) Photodetectors

Background 

Pamela Abshire is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her areas of specialty are in the fields of VLSI circuit design and bioengineering.  Dr. Abshire's research focuses on better understanding the tradeoffs between performance and resources in natural and engineered systems.

Prior to her arrival at the University of Maryland in November, 2001, she was a graduate student in the Sensory Communications and Microsystems Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University.  Her advisor was Andreas G. Andreou, and her dissertation topic was Sensory Information Processing Under Physical Constraints.  Her research interests include information theory for physical systems, noise theory for electronic, photonic, and biological systems, analysis and design of sensory information processing systems, and algorithm, VLSI circuit, and microsystem design, especially for low power applications. Dr. Abshire was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and grew up in the Roanoke Valley in southwestern Virginia.  She graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1988 from Salem High School in Salem, VA. From 1985 to 1988 she also attended the Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology in Roanoke, VA.  She received her B.S. degree in Physics with Honor in 1992 from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.  Between 1992 and 1995 she worked as a Research Engineer in the Bradycardia Research Department of Medtronic, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN.  In 1995 she began her graduate education in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University.  She received her M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1997 and completed her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in October 2001.

Honors and Awards 

  • Clark School of Engineering E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2011)
  • ISR Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, University of Maryland (2006)
  • University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award, Physical Sciences category, “Cell Sensor Based Pathogen Detection” (2005)
  • George Corcoran Award, ECE Department, University of Maryland (2004)
  • Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Washington Section (2004)
  • IEEE Women in Engineering Washington Area Affinity Group, Vice Chair (2004)
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2003)
  • Co-Chair for Annual WIE Symposium (2003 and 2004)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II
  • Member of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Technical Committees on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Nanoelectronics and Gigascale Systems, Neural Systems and Applications, Sensory Systems

Related News 

Pamela Abshire elected IEEE Fellow
Abshire was selected for her contribution to CMOS biosensors. November 21, 2017

ECE Professors Abshire, Goldsman, and Newcomb Participate in ISCAS 2017
This year's event focused on the connection from Dreams to Innovation, with the aim of cultivating creative research-driven Ideas in Circuits and Systems as they transition to Innovations and fuel economic development. June 7, 2017

BBI FY17 Seed Grant Winners Announced
Nine projects selected for funding. May 12, 2017

ECE Names 2016-2017 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2016-17. May 4, 2017

Four ECE Professors Promoted to Full Professor with Tenure
Six ECE professors in total have received promotions: four to Full Professor and two to Associate Professor.  April 6, 2017

Dr. Pamela Abshire took part in a live segment of "Science Goes to the Movies" in 2016
Dr. Abshire took part in a live segment of "Science Goes to the Movies" in 2016. February 28, 2017

Alireza Khaligh wins Clark School's junior faculty teaching award
Khaligh was recognized for his dedication to excellence in power engineering education, teaching, mentorship, service, and leadership.  December 5, 2016

Abshire on “Science Goes to the Movies” Live at World Science Festival
Clark School Professor to discuss engineered systems used in drones. June 2, 2016

Naviasky, an ECE Student, Spoke at the 2014 Winter Commencement
Electrical and Computer Engineering student Emily Naviasky was selected as the student speaker for the 2014 A. James Clark School of Engineering Winter Commencement. December 17, 2014

Six graduate students participating in UMD-Trento research exchange
The program is part of a broad partnership between Maryland and Trento, Italy. January 20, 2014