Jeanne Ferrante

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, UCSD

Jeanne Ferrante is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. She received her B.A. from New College at Hofstra University in 1969, and her Ph.D. from MIT in 1974. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 1994, she taught at Tufts University until 1978, and was subsequently a Research Staff Member at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center. 

Dr. Ferrante's work has included the development of intermediate representations for optimizing and parallelizing compilers, most notably the Program Dependence Graph and Static Single Assignment (SSA) form. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Her SSA work (with colleagues from IBM) was recognized in 2006 by the ACM Programming Language Achievement Award as a "significant and lasting contribution to the field."

Dr. Ferrante served as Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair from 1996-1999, as Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity from 2008-2013, and as Associate Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering from 2002-13. As Associate Dean, she co-founded UCSD Teams In Engineering Service (TIES), which partners multidisciplinary teams of undergraduates with non-profit organizations to provide long-term technical solutions. Dr. Ferrante also co-founded the UCSD Women’s Leadership Alliance, whose aim is to advance leadership development, networking, and recognition of women campus leaders at UC San Diego. She was honored as a UCSD Community Champion for Diversity in 2004, and received the 2007 Athena Educator Pinnacle Award for her diversity leadership efforts.