Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Graduate Faculty of School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Honors Faculty, Arizona State University


Ph.D., Princeton University, 2012
M.A., Princeton University, 2008
B.S., Cornell University, 2006

Research Interests

  • High-performance and energy-efficient heterogeneous architecture
  • Energy harvesting for emerging computing devices
  • Energy management for portable electronics
  • Temperature-aware computing
  • Advanced processor and system cooling designs and management
  • Performance characterization, analysis and prediction
  • High-performance and power-efficient memory designs


Carole-Jean Wu is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering in Arizona State University (ASU). She is the director of the Energy Efficient Computer Architecture Laboratory and the associate site director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Embedded Systems (CES). She holds an affiliated faculty appointment in EECE at ASU. Before joining ASU, Prof. Wu held a number of industrial internship positions with Intel, IBM, and Google. She is an IEEE senior member.

Prof. Wu works in the area of Computer and System Architectures. In particular, her research interests include high-performance and energy-efficient computer architectures through hardware heterogeneity, energy harvesting techniques for emerging computing devices, temperature and energy management for portable electronics, performance characterization, analysis and prediction, and memory subsystem designs. She is the recipient of the 2017 NSF CAREER Award, the 2017 IEEE Young Engineer of the Year Award, the 2014 IEEEE Best of Computer Architecture Letter Award, the 2013 Science Foundation of Arizona Bisgrove Early Career Award, and the 2011-12 Intel Ph.D. Fellowship Award. Her research has been supported by both industry sources and the National Science Foundation to a level over $1.8 million.

Prof. Wu serves on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture from 2017-19 and is the Program Chair for the IEEE International Symposium on Workload Characterization, 2018. Prof. Wu completed her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2008 and 2012, respectively. She received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.


Curriculum Vitae

Wu Full CV (Updated on May 14, 2017)

My Students

  • Benjamin Gaudette (PhD candidate; 2012 — present; co-advised with Prof. Sarma Vrudhula)
  • Akhil Arunkumar (PhD candidate; 2013 — present)
  • Jhe-Yu Liou (PhD candidate; 2015 — present)
  • Srinath Dasari (PhD candidate; 2016 — present)
  • Viraj Wadhwa (High school intern from BASIS Chandler Primary; 2017 — present)
  • TJ Smith (Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) from Princeton EE; 2017)
  • Katherine Hann (High school intern from Xavier College Preparatory High School; 2017)[Designing A Paired Robotic Car Indoor Navigation and Tracking System]
  • Kody Stribrny (BS 2017; co-advised with Prof. Sarma Vrudhula) [First employment: Amazon] [Honors Thesis: Mobile Waterway Monitor]
  • Ryan Brazens (BS 2014) [First employment: Intel]

Received the ASU Outstanding Computer Engineering MS Graduate Student Award

Post-doctoral Researcher

  • Ying-Ju Yu (2016-17) [First employment: Intel]

Note to New Students

    If you are a prospective student, please read this note before contacting me about graduate school. I am a faculty member in Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering of Arizona State University. The department offers graduate degrees in Computer Science as well as Computer Engineering. Therefore, if you are interested in ASU, I encourage you to apply to the degree major that best suits your background and interests.

If you are a student at ASU and are interested in my research work, I encourage you to take my courses (Computer Architecture and/or Advanced Computer Architecture) and perform well in class. In general, I am happy to talk to students who show a sincere interest in understanding my research before expressing a generic interest in working with me.

If you are considering to apply for PhD programs, here is the document “Applying to Ph.D. Programs in Computer Science” written by Mor Harchol-Balter. Reading her document would be very instructive. I am also happy to discuss about graduate school opportunities with students who consider this path.