He is now Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He previously held research staff positions in the Advanced Technology Group of Synopsys, Mountain View, CA, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA, and a visiting professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He has published over 275 articles along with one book and several book chapters in his field of research, which includes low-power circuit design and design automation techniques, design-for-manufacturability, and interconnect modeling. He also serves as a consultant and technical advisory board member for several electronic design automation and semiconductor firms in these areas. He is co-founder of Ambiq Micro, a fabless semiconductor company developing ultra-low power mixed-signal solutions for compact wireless devices
Dr. Sylvester received an NSF CAREER award, the Beatrice Winner Award at ISSCC, an IBM Faculty Award, an SRC Inventor Recognition Award, and several best paper awards and nominations. He is the recipient of the ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award and the University of Michigan Henry Russel Award for distinguished scholarship. He has served on the technical program committee of numerous design automation and circuit design conferences, the steering committee of the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Physical Design, and was general chair for the 2005 ACM/IEEE Workshop on Timing Issues in the Synthesis and Specification of Digital Systems (TAU). He is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on CAD and previously served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of ACM and Eta Kappa Nu.