Jay Brockman is Associate Dean of Engineering for Educational Programs and Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering and department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, He received his Sc.B. degree from Brown University in 1982 and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992.  Dr. Brockman is a developer of Notre Dame’s college-wide first-year engineering program and the author of the textbook, Introduction to Engineering: Modeling and Problem Solving (John Wiley & Sons, 2009), which has been gaining steady adoption at universities worldwide.  He was an organizer of the “Workshop on Reforming the First Year Engineering Experience” held jointly at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Melbourne (Australia) in August 2009 and has developed the web site as a portal to support the community of instructors of introductory engineering courses.

From 1982-86, Dr. Brockman worked for Intel Corporation, including a year at the manufacturing and test facility in Manila, Philippines. From 2003-06, he was a visiting faculty member at Caltech in Pasadena, CA, working on the development of high-performance computing systems in collaboration with NASA Jet Propulsion Labs.  Dr. Brockman's research interests are generally in the areas of computer architecture, VLSI systems, and multidisciplinary design optimization, and he has had grants from government and corporate sponsors, including NSF, DoD, DOE, NASA, Cray, and Motorola.  He is a founding partner of Emu Solutions, LLC, a startup company that is commercializing technology developed by his research group at Notre Dame and Caltech.

In addition to being a developer of the first-year engineering program, Dr. Brockman has also worked on a variety NSF-sponsored curriculum development projects at Notre Dame, typically involving multidisciplinary programs between engineering departments. He has served as the chair of his department's curriculum development committee and also served on university committees for undergraduate research and math, science, and engineering education for non-technical majors. He has also been recognized for his teaching, including an ASEE Outstanding New Faculty award and a Notre Dame College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher of the Year award.

Dr. Brockman has also led the community and educational outreach efforts for the College of Engineering at Notre Dame, and has developed a novel partnership between the University, the City of South Bend Department of Public Works, and the Project Lead the Way engineering magnet program at Riley High School in South Bend.  Through this collaboration, students and faculty from both Notre Dame and Riley HS are working with the city to provide educational opportunities for the students and a test bed for Notre Dame research, while solving practical engineering problems for the city.  The project is an outgrowth of a City Task Force that includes the mayor, other city officials, and leaders from the local business and education community, of which Dr. Brockman was a founding member.


Ph.D.  Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1992
Dissertation:  “A Schema-Based Approach to CAD Task Management”
Advisor:  Dr. Stephen W. Director

M.S.E.E. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1988
Thesis:  “Predictive Subset Testing for Integrated Circuit Performance”
Advisor:  Dr. Stephen W. Director

Sc.B. magna cum laude, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1982

Research Interests: design of digital systems and integrated circuits; computer architecture; high-performance computing; multidisciplinary design optimization; engineering education, especially the bridge between high school and college

Professional Positions Held

2008-present      Associate Dean of Engineering, Educational Programs, University of Notre Dame

1999-present      Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame

1999-present      Concurrent Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

2003-2006          Visiting Faculty Associate, Center for Advanced Computing Research, California Institute of Technology

1992-1999          Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame

1986–1992         Research Assistant, Center for Computer-Aided Design, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. Conducted research in the areas of statistical design of integrated circuits, IC testing, and CAD frameworks.

1982–1986           Senior Product Engineer, Intel Corporation, Folsom, CA. Supervised group responsible for developing production testing of several EPROM products, analyzing yield limiting mechanisms, and driving yield