Meet the Vice Chancellor

Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Terri Fiez joined CU Boulder on September 16, 2015. As Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Fiez has leadership responsibility for the campus research enterprise.

Before joining CU Boulder, Dr. Fiez spent more than fifteen years at Oregon State University (OSU) where she was the head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Research Agenda Strategy Consultant to the Vice President for Research and head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). In 2008-09 she took a leave of absence from OSU to co-found, launch and serve as CEO of a startup company and since then has helped support several other early stage startup companies.

After OSU’s departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering merged to become the School of EECS in 2003, her leadership resulted in rapid growth in research and the PhD program by promoting collaboration across disciplines and growing nationally recognized research groups. The research expenditures and PhD program tripled in size during this period.

A former National Science Foundation Young Investigator awardee with over 150 publications, Dr. Fiez’s scholarly interests focus on analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and approaches to innovative education. The industry relations program she created at OSU hosts more than 400 industry visitors per year and is highlighted by an engineering expo featuring engineering seniors demonstrating their capstone projects to more than 2,500 industry and community visitors.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), has been a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and the Solid-State Circuits Society.  She received the 2006 IEEE Educational Activities Board’s Innovative Education Award and the 2016 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award for the creation of the nation’s first online post baccalaureate computer science program.

Dr. Fiez earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho and a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from OSU. She and her husband, Tim, have two sons.

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