Associate Director, IEE
Distinguished Affiliate, UCSB Computer Science

Mark Abel


Mark Abel is the Associate Director and an Executive Advisor to the Institute for Energy Efficiency at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he is also a Distinguished Computer Science Affiliate. Mark guided the development of IEE 2.0, the strategy for IEE's future built around three research themes: Energy Efficient Computing and Communications, Smart Societal Infrastructure and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. He is now working with IEE's faculty and key stakeholders inside and outside UCSB to help the Institute realize the promise of IEE 2.0.

Mr. Abel joined UCSB and IEE as he retired from Intel in 2018 where he was a longtime senior director of research. His last Intel role was leading Intel’s worldwide network of academic research centers. During his Intel career, his research labs and tech transfer teams won or shared Intel’s highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, seven times for the creation of new technologies and new businesses for Intel including the invention and delivery of technologies that shipped in over a billion Personal Computers. Mr. Abel has served on numerous industry and academic boards including his current role serving as a member of the Steering Committee for the University Energy Institute Collaborative and upon his industry retirement, completing his longtime role as Chair of the University of Michigan Computer Science and Engineering National Advisory Board. Mark is also an Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Intel, Mr. Abel held research and leadership positions with Bell Labs, Xerox PARC, U S WEST Advanced Technologies and Siemens. 



- Distinguished Alumni in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan (2011)
- Led seven teams that won Intel's Highest Honor, the Intel Achievement Award (given to fewer than 0.5% of employees per year)
- Led two Intel teams that won Argentina's highest technical award, the Sadosky Award (2007 and 2008)
- Inaugural Distinguished Computer Science Affiliate, UCSB (2021)


MS Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
BSE Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan