Jeffrey Derby


Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Jeff Derby received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Columbia University in 1975. He joined IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC, in 1982 after spending seven years with Bell Laboratories in Whippany, NJ. He is currently a Senior Technical Staff Member in the PowerPC Technology Development area in the IBM Microelectronics Division. His work is focused on analog and digital signal processing subsystems with application to telecommunications. He is listed as an inventor or co-inventor on 22 US patents. Dr. Derby has been an adjunct faculty member at Duke since 1984.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 219 Engineering Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 672-0962
  • Email Address:


  • Ph.D. Columbia University, 1975

Courses Taught

  • ECE 496: Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 559: Advanced Digital System Design
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering

Representative Publications

  • Moreno, JH; Zyuban, V; Shvadron, U; Neeser, FD; Derby, JH; Ware, MS; Kailas, K; Zaks, A; Geva, A; Ben-David, S; Asaad, SW; Fox, TW; Littrell, D; Biberstein, M; Naishlos, D; Hunter, H, An innovative low-power high-performance programmable signal processor for digital communications, Ibm Journal of Research and Development, vol 47 no. 2-3 (2003), pp. 299-326 [abs].
  • Derby, JH, Comments on "on the design of pole-zero approximations using a logarithmic error measure", Ieee Transactions on Signal Processing, vol 44 no. 7 (1996), pp. 1811-1813 [10.1109/78.510627] [abs].
  • Derby, JH; Galand, CR, Multirate subband coding applied to digital speech interpolation, Ieee Trans. Acoust. Speech Signal Process. (Usa), vol ASSP-35 no. 12 (1987), pp. 1684-1698 [abs].