Faculty Directory

Abshire, Pamela

Abshire, Pamela

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
A.V. Williams 2211

BACKGROUND

Pamela Abshire is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her areas of specialty are in the fields of VLSI circuit design and bioengineering.  Dr. Abshire's research focuses on better understanding the tradeoffs between performance and resources in natural and engineered systems.

Prior to her arrival at the University of Maryland in November, 2001, she was a graduate student in the Sensory Communications and Microsystems Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University.  Her advisor was Andreas G. Andreou, and her dissertation topic was Sensory Information Processing Under Physical Constraints.  Her research interests include information theory for physical systems, noise theory for electronic, photonic, and biological systems, analysis and design of sensory information processing systems, and algorithm, VLSI circuit, and microsystem design, especially for low power applications. Dr. Abshire was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and grew up in the Roanoke Valley in southwestern Virginia.  She graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1988 from Salem High School in Salem, VA. From 1985 to 1988 she also attended the Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology in Roanoke, VA.  She received her B.S. degree in Physics with Honor in 1992 from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.  Between 1992 and 1995 she worked as a Research Engineer in the Bradycardia Research Department of Medtronic, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN.  In 1995 she began her graduate education in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University.  She received her M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1997 and completed her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in October 2001.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Clark School of Engineering E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2011)
  • ISR Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, University of Maryland (2006)
  • University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award, Physical Sciences category, “Cell Sensor Based Pathogen Detection” (2005)
  • George Corcoran Award, ECE Department, University of Maryland (2004)
  • Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Washington Section (2004)
  • IEEE Women in Engineering Washington Area Affinity Group, Vice Chair (2004)
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2003)
  • Co-Chair for Annual WIE Symposium (2003 and 2004)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II
  • Member of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Technical Committees on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Nanoelectronics and Gigascale Systems, Neural Systems and Applications, Sensory Systems

Biotechnology, Channel capacity and efficiency of blowfly photoreceptors, Channel capacity and efficiency of silicon photoreceptors, Fundamental limits on switching energy of the CMOS inverter, Silicon-On-Sapphire (SOS) Photodetectors

Dr. Pamela Abshire took part in a live segment of "Science Goes to the Movies" in 2016

Dr. Abshire took part in a live segment of "Science Goes to the Movies" in 2016.

New AFOSR NIFTI Center features eight Clark School faculty

Center will create bio-inspired solutions for small, remotely operated aircraft.

Six graduate students participating in UMD-Trento research exchange

The program is part of a broad partnership between Maryland and Trento, Italy.

UMD Hosts NSF-Funded Cybersecurity Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate scholars gain research experience through summer program at the Maryland Cybersecurity Center.

Fair Showcases Summer Undergraduate Research

Twenty-two top students from across the country demonstrate faculty-advised research projects.

Clark School Faculty Team Wins a UMD Invention of the Year Award

Their novel "natural timestamp" improves security and editing of audio, visual recordings.

Trento Funds Collaborative International Projects

Partnership will support joint research in solar power, cell-based systems and ultra low-power systems.

Abshire, Lopresti Honored at Commencement

Win junior faculty teaching, staff service awards, respectively.

Showcase of Undergraduate Summer Research

Clark School student wins Best Overall Project with automatic volume leveler.

Systems Researchers Partner with Trento, Italy

Joint efforts to target bioengineering, renewable energy, nanomaterials, microsystems, education.

Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research

Students present their accomplishments after 11-week research program.

ECE Event Highlights Innovation, Entrepreneurship

Research Review Day showcases technology advancements in electrical and computer engineering.

Clark School Students Recognized

Three receive Achievement Rewards for College Scientists awards at U.S. Supreme Court.

$1.5M NSF Grant for Ant-like Microrobots

An interdisciplinary team of Clark School faculty wins multi-year grant.

Fair Showcases Undergrad Summer Research

Students present their summer research accomplishments at annual MERIT/TREND fair.

Commerce Dept. Taps Abshire for Committee

Body will advise Commerce on export controls for research and innovation.

Engineers Collaborate on New Cell-Based Sensors

New bio-sensors could speed up and improve the detection of pathogens, explosives.

Dandin Named 2008 Fischell Fellow

BioE grad student to develop fast, portable biosensor.

Intelligence Community Honors Undergrad Scholars

Two Clark School undergraduates recognized.

Undergraduate Research Shines at MERIT Fair

National program attracts top students for cross-disciplinary, team-based research.