Shawn Blanton, Ph.D.
Shawn Blanton is the interim Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this interim role he focusses on diversifying the graduate student and faculty populations across the university, along with enhancing and initiating win-win relationships with the Pittsburgh region. Dr. Blanton is also the Trustee Professor in the Electrical and Computer
Engineering department where he serves as the Associate Head of Research responsible for developing and executing research strategies. His personal research interests include various aspects of integrated system testing and diagnosis, and the development of design
methodologies and tools for securing hardware systems. He has consulted for various companies, and is the founder of TestWorks, a Carnegie Mellon University spinout focused on information extraction from IC test data
ACTL Ph.D. student Qicheng was awarded the A.G. Jordan Award for a student who has combined outstanding Ph. D. thesis work with exceptional service to the ECE or CMU communities
ACTL Ph.D. student Ruben was awarded the David H. Barakat and LaVerne Owen-Barakat College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship
The Advanced Chip Test Laboratory (ACTL) at Carnegie Mellon University develops and implements data-mining techniques for improving the operation, design, manufacturing and testing of integrated systems. Our research involves data-mining algorithm development, data analysis, chip design and fabrication in collaboration with various industrial partners that currently include IBM, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, CISCO Systems, Intel, GlobalFoundries, and ARM. The founder and head of ACTL is Prof. Shawn Blanton.