Mark McDermott is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence and Lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses in embedded system design and technical entrepreneurship. He received a BSEE from the University of New Mexico, a MSE and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mark is a registered professional engineer and a member of the IEEE, ACM and TSPE. He has 19 patents and a number of publications in the areas of IC design, engineering education and engineering management.

Mark has over 40 years of industry experience in product development of silicon systems. This includes: Senior Director at Apple, Inc., VP/GM at Intrinsity, Inc., VP of Engineering at Coherent Logix, CEO of DynaFlow Computing, Inc., VP Engineering at Somerset Embedded Technologies, Inc., VP Engineering at VisionFlow, Inc., General Manager and Director of the Texas Development Center for Intel Corporation, Director of the PowerPC Somerset Design Center and Director of the Austin Design Center for Cyrix, Inc. Mark co-founded DynaFlow Computing, The Learning Labs, Somerset Embedded Technologies, Inc., VisionFlow, Inc., Logical Silicon Solutions, Inc., Accelerated Solutions Corp., and MonoCom Systems, Inc.

In his free time Mark backpacks the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado.


A. Manickam, R. Singh, M. McDermott, et al., "A Fully Integrated CMOS Fluorescence Biochip for DNA and RNA Testing," in IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, vol. 52, no. 11, pp. 2857-2870, Nov. 2017.

A. Hassibi, R. Singh, A. Manickam, R. Sinha, B. Kuimelis, S. Bolouki, P. Naraghi-Arani, K. Johnson, M. McDermott, N. Wood, P. Savalia, N. Gamini, "Fully Integrated CMOS Fluorescence Biochip for Multiplex Polymerase Chain-Reaction (PCR) Processes", Solid-State Circuits Conference Digest of Technical Papers (ISSCC), 2017

M. McDermott, "Cognitive Sensor Platform", International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE), Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 520-531, 2014

M. McDermott, "Queued-Stack Dataflow Processing Element for a Cognitive Sensor Platform", International Journal of Reconfigurable and Embedded Systems (IJRES), Vol. 1, No 3, pp. 75-86, 2012

A. Manickam, A. Chevalier, M. McDermott, A.D. Ellington, A. Hassibi, "A CMOS electrochemical impedance spectroscopy biosensor array for label-free biomolecular detection", Solid-State Circuits Conference Digest of Technical Papers (ISSCC), 2010

A. Manickam, A. Chevalier, M. McDermott, A.D. Ellington, A. Hassibi, "A CMOS electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) biosensor array", Biomedical Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on, pp. 379-390, 2010

M. Ravel, M. Chang, M. McDermott, M. Morrow, N. Teslic, M. Katona, J. Bapat, "A cross-curriculum open design platform approach to electronic and computing systems education", Intl. Conf. on Microelectronic Systems Education (MSE 2009), pp. 69-72, 2009

M. McDermott, J. Abraham, and M. Ravel, "Balancing virtual and physical prototyping across a multi-course VLSI/Embedded-Systems/SOC design curriculum", In Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, 2009

S. Abdulla, H. Nam, M. McDermott, and J. Abraham, "A High Throughput FFT Processor with no Multipliers'', Proc. IEEE Int. Conference Computer Design (ICCD), Lake Tahoe, CA, USA, pp. 485-490, Oct. 2009

J. Friesenhahn, L. John, and M. McDermott, "Power Analysis of a Path-Based Perceptron Branch Predictor", Austin Conference on Integrated Systems and Circuits (ACISC), May 2008.

M. Ravel and M. McDermott, "An Electronic System Design Platform for SYSTEMatic Learning in ECE and ICT Curriculum", 2007 Intl. Conf. on Microelectronic Systems Education (MSE 2007), pp. 145-146, 2007

M. McDermott, "Engineering Management Practices", 2nd International Workshop on Engineering Management for Applied Technology (EMAT'01), 2001

R. Skruhak, M. McDermott, C. Wiseman, M. Taborn, J. Vaglica, E. Carter, "Modular design of a high performance 32-bit microcontroller", Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, Proceedings of the IEEE", 1989, pp. 23.8/1 - 23.8/4, May 1989

W. Harwood, M. McDermott, "Testability features of the MC68332 modular microcontroller", Proceedings of International Test Conference (1989) pp. 615-623, 1989


68 disclosures, 19 issued in the area of circuit design, microprocessor architecture, DFT, and hardware acceleration.

5,926,053 Selectable clock generation mode
5,860,105 NDIRTY cache line look-ahead
5,815,693 Processor having a frequency modulated core clock based on the criticality of program activity
5,815,692 Distributed clock generator
5,740,410 Static clock generator
5,734,881 Detecting short branches in a prefetch buffer using target location information in a branch target cache
5,734,844 Bidirectional single-line handshake with both devices driving the line in the same state for hand-off
5,592,107 Configurable NAND/NOR element
5,568,067 Configurable XNOR/XOR element
5,448,744 Integrated circuit microprocessor with programmable chip select logic
5,402,458 Mechanism to accelerate counter testing without loss of fault coverage
5,361,392 Digital computing system with low power mode and special bus cycle therefor
5,233,314 Integrated charge-pump phase-locked loop circuit
5,157,781 Data processor test architecture
5,138,709 Spurious interrupt monitor
5,029,272 Input/output circuit with programmable input sensing time
4,959,561 MOS output buffer with reduced supply line disturbance
4,931,748 Integrated circuit with clock generator
4,366,560 Power down detector