Rhett Davis

 442 Monteith Research Center (MRC)
 Campus Box 7911


Dr. Davis came to NC State in 2002 as an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor in 2008. He received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in 2007. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) in 2012 for his research in the development of standards for electronic design automation (EDA) and his development of the FreePDK open-source, predictive process design kit. He has been an IEEE member since 1993 and became a Senior Member in 2011. He has published over 50 scholarly journal and conference articles. He has worked briefly at Hewlett-Packard (now Agilent) in Boeblingen, Germany and consulted for Chameleon Systems, Qualcomm, and BEECube.

Dr. Davis' research is centered on developing methodologies, CAD tools, and circuits for systems-on-chip in emerging technologies. His interests include 3DIC design and low-power and high-performance circuit design for digital signal-processing and embedded systems.


  • Ph.D. 2002
    Electrical Engineering
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Master's 1997
    Electrical Engineering
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor's 1994
    Electrical Engineering
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh


  • Silicon Integration Initiative
    Technical and Education Advisor

Highlighted Awards

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 - Si2 Power of Partnerships Award
  • 2012 - Si2 Distinguished Service Award
  • 2007 - NSF Career Award

Recent News

New Design Kit Opens Door to Next Generation of Chips

Posted on August 30, 2021 | Filed Under: Research

The kit is being made freely available to encourage growth and innovation in the field.

Researchers Roll Out Free Software to Advance Computer Chip Design

Posted on September 18, 2014 | Filed Under: News

Engineering researchers have developed new software, called FreePDK15, to facilitate chip design – and are making it freely available in order to foster new research focused on pushing the frontiers of computer technology.

Davis Wins Si2 Distinguished Service Award

Posted on October 12, 2012 | Filed Under: News

[ubermenu config_id=”main” menu=”84″] NEWSROOM Davis Wins Si2 Distinguished Service AwardOct 12, 2012 The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) has awarded Dr. Rhett Davis, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, one of t …


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