Mary Lanzerotti


Dr. Mary Yvonne Lanzerotti is a Research Staff Member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.  She received an A.B. degree (summa cum laude) from Harvard University in 1989, a M.Phil. degree from University of Cambridge in 1991, an M.S. degree from Cornell University in 1994, and a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1997, all in physics.  She joined IBM in 1996.  Dr. Lanzerotti was the Integrator of the Instruction Fetch Unit on IBM's dual-core Power4 microprocessor and with colleagues prepared the IBM Power6 chip-level timing analysis presented at 2007 International Solid-State Circuits Conference.  The goals of her research are to develop analytical and statistical techniques to (a) identify performance-limiting circuitry and (b) design efficient on-chip interconnections that satisfy IBM Server Group requirements for high-performance microprocessors through the cooperative interactions of manual intervention and computer-aided design tools.  Dr. Lanzerotti has authored or co-authored 29 papers in refereed journals and conference publications.  She has been granted two patents, with two patents pending.  Her website is:

Dr. Lanzerotti is recipient of the IEEE/LEOS Distinguished Service Award (2007), Engineer of the Year Award from the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) NY Section (2006), and IBM Research Division Outstanding Contribution Award (1998).  In 2008, she will be awarded the IEEE Region 1 2007 Technical Innovation Award (Industry or Government).  She is Co-Editor of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) News and was Executive Editor of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) Newsletter from 2001-2006 .  She was an elected member of the IEEE/LEOS Board of Governors from 2003-2005.  She is a member of the IEEE/SSCS, IEEE/LEOS, IEEE/WIE, APS, and Phi Beta Kappa.  She is a Senior Member of the IEEE.


I am a physics-trained professional currently working at IBM Research in electrical engineering in VLSI Design Department.  My research is in the area of high-speed circuit design, and I am also a member of product design teams that help develop IBM products, such as the IBM Power4 microprocessor, that have been or are currently sold in IBM's pSeries and zSeries eServers.  I have been a member of APS for 16 years and am currently serving on the APS Committee for Careers and Professional Development (CCPD).  With CCPD, I have led the preparation of the First Annual APS Professional Development Resource Guide that is posted on the APS website. 

I am interested in serving the APS community as a member-at-large of FIAP in order to support the objective of the APS Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP), which is to "enhance the Society's ability to meet the needs of the industrial and applied physics community, and help the Society take advantage of the evolving opportunities in the practice and application of physics" (  If elected as a member-at-large of FIAP, I will seek to support this objective by:
  1. working with the other members of FIAP to understand the needs of the industrial and applied physics community;
  2. continuing to develop materials such as the APS Professional Development Resource Guide for physics students and mid-career physics-trained professionals; and
  3. providing information to APS membership about the evolving opportunities in the practice and application of physics.