Ruby B. Lee
Forrest G. Hamrick Professor in Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Affiliated faculty, Computer Science
Princeton University


Department of Electrical Engineering
B-218, Engineering Quadrangle
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544
609-258-1426 (phone), 609-258-6892 (fax)
email: rblee AT

Stacey Weber, 609-258-0928, sweber AT
Sarah Braude, 609-258-8090, sbraude AT
both at B215 E-quad
609-258-3745 (fax)


Princeton Architecture Lab for Multimedia and Security (PALMS), Director
Computer Architecture, Processor Architecture
Security Architecture, Cyber Security,
Multimedia Architecture, New Media


ELE 572 Processor Architectures for New Paradigms
ELE 386 Cyber Security
PSY 214 Human Identity in the age of Neuroscience and Information Technology
ELE 475 Computer Architecture

Princeton Publications

Biography: (Lee_shortbio , Lee_NSFbio)

Ruby B. Lee is the Forrest G. Hamrick Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, with an affiliated appointment in the Computer Science department. She is the director of the Princeton Architecture Laboratory for Multimedia and Security (PALMS). Her current research is in designing security and new media support into core computer architecture, embedded systems and global networked systems, and in architectures resistant to Distributed Denial of Service attacks and Internet-scale epidemics. She teaches courses in Cyber Security and Processor Architectures for New Paradigms. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). She is Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Micro and Editorial Board member of IEEE Security and Privacy.

Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 1998, Dr. Lee served as chief architect at Hewlett-Packard, responsible at different times for processor architecture, multimedia architecture and security architecture for e-commerce and extended enterprises. She was a key architect in the definition and evolution of the PA-RISC architecture used in HP servers and workstations, and also led the first CMOS PA-RISC single-chip microprocessor design. As chief architect for HPs multimedia architecture team, Dr. Lee led an inter-disciplinary team focused on architecture to facilitate pervasive multimedia information processing using general-purpose computers. This resulted in the first desktop computer family with integrated, software-based, high fidelity, real-time multimedia. Dr. Lee also co-led a multimedia architecture team for IA-64. Concurrent with full-time employment at HP, Dr. Lee also served as Consulting Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Science, both from Stanford University, and an A.B. with distinction from Cornell University, where she was a College Scholar. She is an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Lambda Delta. She has been granted 115 United States and international patents, with several patents pending.

Selected Publications (by area): - to be updated
Multimedia Instruction-Set Architecture and Algorithms
Media Processors and Microarchitecture
Secure Information Processing
Processor Architecture (ISA and Microarchitecture)

Misc Press:
    "Ruby Lee Defines New Computer Paradigms", Princeton In the News, Spring 2001
    "A Conversation with Ruby Lee", ACM Ubiquity interview March 2002
    "Starting from Scratch", Princeton Weekly Bulletin April 2002.