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Mark Hempstead

Junior Colehower Chair and Assistant Professor

Mark Hempstead
Office: Bossone 413b
Phone: 215-571-3688
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B.S., Tufts University
M.S., Harvard University
Ph.D., Harvard University (2009)

Research Interests

Computer engineering; power-aware computing; computer architecture; low power VLSI design; wireless sensor networks


Dr. Mark Hempstead is currently an assistant professor at Drexel University, where he leads research efforts to reduce the power consumed by computing devices. Previously, he studied under Professors David Brooks and Gu-Yeon Wei at Harvard University, where he received an MS and Ph.D in Engineering. As part of his dissertation work, he developed an ultra low power processor for wireless sensor networks which was awarded first prize in the industry sponsored 2006 SRC student design contest. He taped out a prototype chip of this architecture in 130nm CMOS.

Besides designing microprocessors, Dr. Hempstead has developed modeling tools to estimate the power consumed by microprocessors and sensor networks. His work has been published in competitive conferences in the computer architecture and sensor network communities including ISCA, CASES, SenSys and SECON. This work has been featured in invited talks given to the architecture and circuits communities. He has worked in the research divisions of ARM Ltd. and Intel, where he developed power modeling infrastructures of modern microprocessors and SoCs.