Wolf named director for engineering and technology initiatives


Tiffany Lee, August 18, 2023

Wolf named director for engineering and technology initiatives

Marilyn Wolf, Elmer E. Koch Professor of engineering, has been named director for engineering and technology initiatives in the Office of Research and Economic Development. She started in the role Aug. 14.

Wolf, who joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2019, is an expert in embedded computing who led the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from 2019 to 2021, then became founding director of the School of Computing in 2021.

In her new role, Wolf will collaborate with faculty and other partners to identify and pursue federal funding opportunities in engineering and technology; support team and proposal development for large-scale, federally funded engineering and technology research programs; lead the university’s efforts targeting U.S. CHIPS and Science Act funding; and identify regional opportunities for research and outreach in engineering and technology.

She will also convene UNL-centered workshops and discussions focused on areas of national interest in engineering and technology.

“Marilyn’s extensive understanding of the national research landscape in engineering and technology, paired with her track record of success, make her a valuable asset to ORED as we advance our research enterprise,” said Bob Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic development.

Wolf’s research interests are embedded computing, cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, embedded computer vision and VLSI systems. Prior to joining UNL, she was Farmer Distinguished Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before Georgia Tech, she was a member of Princeton University’s faculty and worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Wolf holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Her contributions to the field have received numerous accolades, including the 2022 Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for her work to create a community of researchers and practitioners in embedded computing. She also received the IEEE Computer Society Goode Memorial Award and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Education Award, as well as the Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. She is a fellow of IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Wolf has been a leader in developing the next generation of researchers in embedded computing. She was a chief contributor to many of the field’s most influential textbooks, high-impact conferences, and technical meetings and publications, including Embedded Systems Week and the journal Design Automation for Embedded Systems.

Wolf will continue her work as a faculty member in the School of Computing.

Computing Engineering Office of Research and Economic Development