Jonathan Rose

Professor, Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department
of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

President's Teaching Award 2016


Jonathan Rose is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research field was in the area of Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) for over 27 years, focusing on their architecture and related CAD algorithms; he has recently changed his focus (somewhat radically!) to supporting the Automation of Medicine.

Professor Rose received B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science in 1980, an M.A.Sc in 1984, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1986 from the University of Toronto. From 1986 to 1989, he was a Post-Doctoral Scholar and then Research Associate in the Computer Systems Laboratory at Stanford University. In 1989, he joined the faculty of the University of Toronto. He spent the 1995-1996 year as a Senior Research Scientist at Xilinx, in San Jose, CA, and contributed to the development of the Virtex I FPGA architecture.

In 1998, Professor Rose co-founded Right Track CAD Corporation, which delivered architecture and software for FPGAs, and was President and CEO of Right Track until May, 2000, when Right Track was acquired by Altera where he served as as Senior Director of Altera Toronto until 2003. His group shared responsibility for the development of Altera’s FPGAs and software, including the first generations of the Stratix and Cyclone families.

Jonathan served as Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2004 to 2009, and currently serves as Director of the Engineering Business Minor, and the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Hatchery.

He has won a number of departmental teaching awards, and is the recipient of two Engineering Faculty Teaching awards, and the University of Toronto Faculty Award for excellence in teaching and research.

Jonathan was a visiting Professor at Imperial College, in London, in the Fall of 2009, and at the University of California, Berkeley in February, 2010. In May of 2011 he was a visiting Professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

Jonathan is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Canada and is a Foreign Member of the American National Academy of Engineering and a Senior Fellow of Massey College. He serves on the Board of Directors of Academics without Borders, and on the Technical Advisory Boards of Achronix, Sidense and Tactual Labs. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian NGO Academics without Borders since 2012.