R. Iris Bahar received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before entering the Ph.D program at CU-Boulder, she worked for Digital Equipment Corporation on their VAX microprocessor designs. She has been on the faculty at Brown University since 1996 and now holds a dual appointment as Professor of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science.
Her teaching covers topics such as digital logic, computer architecture, and robot design. Her research interests focus on energy-efficient and reliable computing, from the system level to device level. Most recently, this includes applications for near-data processing and design of robust robot manipulations techniques in hardware and software. Her research has been continuously funded since 1997 through various industrial and government sources, including the NSF, DARPA, DoD, the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Intel, IBM, Facebook, and NASA. She is the 2019 recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award and the Brown University School of Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching in Engineering. She is a senior member of the IEEE and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.