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Dr. Cory Merkel

Dr. Cory Merkel

I am a computer engineer with expertise in the area of brain-inspired computing and neuromorphic systems.  I received my BS/MS (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) degrees in computer engineering and microsystems engineering from RIT.  My dissertation research focused on designing mixed-signal circuits using memristive devices for energy-efficient neuromorphic computing.  From 2016-2018, I was a reserach electronics engineer at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in Rome, NY.  My primary reseach focus at AFRL was novel hardware for size, weight, and power (SWaP)-efficient computing and on-sensor intelligence.  I have been an assistant professor in the department of computer engineering at RIT since 2018.  My current research interests include energy-efficient artificial intelligence hardware, emerging nanodevices for computing, and adversarial machine learning.


  • RIT Computer Engineering (Faculty)
  • RIT Center on Human Aware AI (Affiliated Faculty)
  • RIT Mathematical Modeling Ph.D. Program (Extended Faculty)