Stephen W. Director

Provost Emeritus,  Electrical and Computer Engineering



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Stephen W. Director is Senior Advisor to the President, having previously served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University from 2008 to 2015. He received his B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Northeastern he has held a number of academic positions including Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Drexel University (2005 – 2008), Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan (1996-2005). From 1977 until 1996 he was at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where he was the U. A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and served as Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and then Dean of the College of Engineering. In 1982, he founded the SRC-CMU Research Center for Computer-Aided Design and served as its Director from 1982 to 1989. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was named an Honorary Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University by the Chinese Ministry of Education in 2002.

Director is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He is a pioneer in the field of electronic design automation and has long record of commitment to, and innovation in, engineering education. He has received numerous awards for his research and educational contributions including the ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Millennium Medal, the IEEE Education Medal and the Aristotle Award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).

Honors & Awards

  • National Academy of Engineering, member

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Engineering Education, Fellow
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Fellow


Apr 03, 2017

ISEC Grand Opening Marks a New Era of Discovery

The grand opening ceremony for the new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex took place on April 3, 2017.


Dec 19, 2016

Director Selected as National Academy of Inven­tors Fellow

Provost Emer­itus Stephen W. Director, a pio­neer in the field of elec­tronic design automa­tion and who has a long record of com­mit­ment to and inno­va­tion in engi­neering edu­ca­tion, has been named a National Academy of Inven­tors Fellow.

May 11, 2015

Provost Director gives ASEE Plenary Lecture

Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs, gave the plenary lecture on how to prepare our engineering graduates for the future at the Northeast Section ASEE Conference.

Dec 19, 2014

CEE Industry Leadership Night 2014

Dr. Beverly A. Scott, General Manager and CEO of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, was this year’s Keynote speaker at the fourth annual CEE Industry Leadership Night, providing inspirational comments about the importance of public transportation infrastructure.

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