Published: June 30, 2020

The Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering is pleased to welcome Chris Myers as Palmer Leadership Chair in Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.

Chris Myers headshotMyers comes to CU Boulder from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he was a professor and associate chair.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at CU Boulder,” he said. “While we face many challenges, there are tremendous opportunities for growth. In addition to working with my excellent colleagues within the department, I’m also looking forward to working with my peers within the college to foster new collaborations between our departments.”  

Myers received his BS degree in electrical engineering and Chinese history in 1991 from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, and his master’s and PhD degrees from Stanford University in 1993 and 1995, respectively.

He is the author of over 180 technical papers and the textbooks Asynchronous Circuit Design and Engineering Genetic Circuits. He is also a co-inventor on four patents. His research interests include asynchronous circuit design, formal verification of analog/mixed signal circuits and cyber-physical systems, and modeling, analysis and design of genetic circuits.

Myers received an NSF Fellowship in 1991, an NSF CAREER award in 1996, and best paper awards at the 1999 and 2007 Symposiums on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of the editorial boards for ACS Synthetic Biology, Engineering Biology and Synthetic Biology, and has served on the editorial boards for the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, IEEE Design & Test Magazine, IEEE Life Sciences Letters and Formal Methods in System Design.

He served as the director for the State of Utah Center of Excellence in Asynchronous Circuit Design. He is also a leader in the development of standards for systems and synthetic biology. In particular, he has served as an editor for the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) standard, is the chair of the steering committee for the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) standard and is the chair of the coordination board for the Computational Modeling and Biology Network (COMBINE).

Myers takes the reins July 1 from Professor Robert Erickson, who has been serving as interim department chair since 2018.