Ruby B. Lee, Ph.D.
Forrest G. Hamrick Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. (NCO)
Ruby B. Lee is the Forrest G. Hamrick professor of engineering and professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University, with an affiliated appointment in computer science. She is the director of the Princeton Architecture Laboratory for Multimedia and Security (PALMS). Her current research is in designing computer architecture for security and resilience, protecting critical data, securing cloud computing and smartphones, designing trustworthy hardware and secure multicore chips, and security verification. Her PALMS research group has designed secure processor architectures, secure cache architectures, secure cloud servers, architectures for realizing self-protecting data, and novel instructions for accelerating ciphers and bit permutations.
She has been inducted as a fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE professional organizations, and served as associate editor-in-chief of IEEE Micro. She was on the National Academies committee to help improve cyber security research in the United States, and was a co-chair for the National Cyber Leap Year summit in 2009 and participated in its kickoff in 2010. This resulted in calls for security research funding from several agencies. She has been granted more than 120 United States and international patents, and has authored numerous conference papers with several awards.
Prior to joining Princeton, Lee served as chief architect at Hewlett-Packard, responsible at different times for processor architecture, multimedia architecture and security architecture. She was a founding architect of HP’s PA-RISC architecture and instrumental in the initial design of several generations of PA-RISC processors for HP’s business and technical computer product lines. She also helped the widespread adoption of multimedia in commodity products by pioneering multimedia support in microprocessors. She was co-leader of the 64-bit Intel-HP multimedia architecture team. She created the first security roadmap for enterprise and e-commerce security for HP before going to Princeton. Simultaneous with her full-time HP tenure, she was also consulting professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University. She has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in computer science, both from Stanford University, and an A.B. with distinction from Cornell University.