Mary Y. Lanzerotti

Assistant Professor

Science Hall 17A
CB 135

Mary Lanzerotti’s research focuses on developing methods for verifying and optimizing the design of complex integrated circuits and systems for aerospace applications.  Her recent research focuses on theoretical phase measurement approaches for N simultaneous signals and assessment of undergraduate research experiences at the Air Force Institute of Technology through applying Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) principles of the Council of Undergraduate Research.

She received her A.B. degree summa cum laude from Harvard University, an M.Phil. degree from University of Cambridge (UK), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, all in physics. To pursue her studies in the UK, she was awarded a scholarship from the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States.

Mary was born and raised in Morris County, New Jersey. As a high school senior, she played second violin with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of New York in three concerts at Carnegie Hall.  As an undergraduate student, she was fortunate to pursue research during four summers at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, with inspiring mentors.  Her Ph.D. research was supported by the Graduate Research Program for Women (GRPW) at AT&T Bell Laboratories, National Science Foundation (NSF), and John M. Olin Foundation.

She is an elected member of IEEE Press Editorial Board and is a program evaluator for ABET, Inc.  She has held positions as Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, and Research Staff Member at IBM at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.  At IBM, she was Integrator of the Instruction Fetch Unit of the world’s first multi-core microprocessor, the POWER4 chip, and she served as Technical Assistant to the Systems Vice President. In 1998, she received an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award.  She has also held positions as Engineering Editor, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, New York, NY; Visiting Faculty Fellow at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA; and Instructor of Mathematics and Physical Science at Linden Hall, Lititz, PA.

In 2006, she was named Engineer of the Year by the IEEE Women in Engineering, New York Section.  In 2007, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Photonics Society, and the Technical Innovation Award from IEEE Region 1. She is author or coauthor of 22 refereed technical journal publications.

At Augsburg College, she teaches introductory courses and laboratories in general physics as well as intermediate and upper division courses and laboratories in areas of her expertise: Electronics, Electronics Laboratory, Special Functions, and Special Functions Laboratory.  She is excited to join the faculty at Augsburg in the heart of the Twin Cities metro.

Mary is a member of the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and American Physical Society (APS).  She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a college junior.  She is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  She holds four U.S. patents.


  • A.B. Harvard University
  • M.Phil. University of Cambridge (UK)
  • M.S. Cornell University
  • Ph.D. Cornell University

Current Research Interests

  • Verifying and optimizing the design of complex integrated circuits and systems for aerospace applications
  • Theoretical phase measurement approaches for N simultaneous signals
  • Assessment of undergraduate research experiences