Thomas M. (Tom) Conte is a well-known researcher in the field of computer architecture. He received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware in 1986; and, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (also in Electrical Engineering) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988 and 1992, respectively. From 1995 to 2008, he was on the faculty of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Center for Embedded Systems Research at North Carolina State University. He is currently a Professor joint appointed in the Schools of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
While on leave from NC State in 2000–2001, Conte served as the Chief Microarchitect and Manager of Back End Compiler Development for DSP startup BOPS, Inc. Conte is a past chair of the IEEE CS Technical Committee on Microprogramming and Microarchitecture (TC-uARCH). He also served as the chair of the IEEE Computer Society Awards Committee, as a member of the Computer Society’s Board of Governors, and as First Vice President and Vice President for Publications of the IEEE Computer Society. He is the 2015 President of the IEEE Computer Society.
Conte currently directs a group of Ph.D. students topics spanning computer architecture and compiler optimization, including many core architectures, microprocessor architectures, back-end compiler code generation, and architectural performance evaluation. Conte is a fellow of the IEEE.