Professor Farid Najm joined The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) in 1999. From 2004 to 2007 he served as Vice-Chair of ECE, and has served as department Chair since July 2009. In this role, Professor Najm continues to work to build the profile of ECE in research and educational communities across Canada and around the world.
During his time as Chair, ECE has responded to the growing demand for top-tier education in electrical and computer engineering. The department has grown into a flourishing community of more than 600 graduate students pursuing both research and professional degrees, and 1,400 undergraduates across both electrical and computer engineering programs. Off campus, Professor Najm continues to strengthen ties with the alumni community, and formed the ECE Alumni Advisory Board in 2013 to advise the department on its strategic direction and advancement opportunities. In 2014, in concert with the Associate Chair, Research, he established an Industry Advisory Board to provide the department with objective advice about its role in contributing to technological and economic development, as well as engineering practise.
Professor Najm received the B.E. degree (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1983, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1986 and 1989, respectively. His research interests are in the general area of computer-aided design for integrated circuits, with an emphasis on circuit level issues related to power distribution, timing, and reliability.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). He has served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design and for the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems. In addition to both an NSF Research Initiation award and an NSF CAREER Award, he has received an IEEE Transactions on CAD Best Paper Award, an Outstanding Teaching award and the Design Automation Conference (DAC) Prolific Author Award in 2013. Professor Najm holds two patents and two SRC Inventor Recognition Awards, has authored three books, including in 2010 the textbook Circuit Simulation (John Wiley and Sons, New York), as well as over 40 journal publications and 100 conference articles.