Leandra Vicci

Lecturer Emeritus
Retired Director of the Applied Engineering Laboratory

B.S. Physics, 1964, Antioch College. Computers, electronics, and optics as tools for the sciences.


Leandra Vicci is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics at Antioch College in 1964 and has since been a practicing engineer in both industry and academia. She joined the UNC-Chapel Hill computer science faculty in 1981 to found and direct the Microelectronic Systems Laboratory, recently renamed the Applied Engineering Laboratory to reflect its present mission.

Her research interests are exploring solutions of technological problems in the design of experimental systems for her collaborators in the Physical and Biological sciences, focusing in particular on innovations enabling previously inaccessible experimental methods.  She is also interested in developing theoretical biophysical models grounded on physical first principles. She is the inventor of Salphasic Clock distribution, a method for circumventing the limitations of the speed of light on the distribution of clock signals to globally synchronous systems. In 1996, Ms. Vicci received both the UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor’s Award, and the North Carolina Governor’s Award for innovation. She is a member of ACM and IEEE.