51st Design Automation Conference Announces the 2014 A. Richard Newton Young Student Fellow Program

An opportunity for students to engage and attend the premier event focused on electronic design and embedded systems

LOUISVILLE, Colo. – March 11, 2014 -- In honor of the memory of Dr. A. Richard Newton, the Design Automation Conference (DAC) is sponsoring an expanded Young Student Fellow Program. The Newton Young Student Fellow Program actively supports the next generation by enabling young students at the beginning of a career to enter the dynamic world of design and automation of electronic systems. Each Young Student Fellow will actively engage in DAC through a number of events, including meetings with design automation luminaries, attendance at technical sessions and exhibits, participation in student-related events at DAC, and a poster session designed to introduce each Young Student Fellow to the DAC community.

Each selected Fellow will receive a free DAC full conference registration. In addition, DAC will issue partial travel grants to cover travel expenses, subject to some matching funds from the student’s advisor or university.

The awardee will participate in the following activities during the conference:

  • Kickoff meeting at the speaker's breakfast on Tuesday.
  • Attendance at selected conference sessions, including sessions with Best Paper Award nominations.
  • Poster presentation introducing each Fellow (either current research or relevant coursework/projects) during the DAC student event.
  • Attendance at the Awards Session.
  • Closing session during Thursday evening reception.

The awardees are required to actively participate in all the events in this program and submit a one-page report describing their experiences at DAC.

Following a 50-year tradition, DAC strives to foster a vibrant worldwide community of electronic design and embedded systems professionals along with improving the diversity among attendees. This program is open to young students worldwide and is designed specifically to give them an experience in the EDA ecosystem. Preference is given to junior or senior undergraduates working towards a Master Thesis in Engineering and to under-represented demographics: woman and minorities, students pursuing a Master degree and pre-candidacy PhD students. In the past year DAC sponsored 56 students as part of this program.

 “DAC is the most relevant technical conference for electronic design, IP and embedded systems,” said Yervant Zorian, the 50th DAC Past Chair. “It is important that young students in computer science and electrical engineering have an opportunity to attend the conference and are not restricted by financial constraints. The Newton Young Student Fellow Program sponsors various activities during DAC that make for a richer experience and greater interaction with the electronic design ecosystem.”

To apply for a Newton Young Student Fellowship, applicants must supply a two-page PDF document describing their planned work and estimating their expenses. The submission deadline is March 20, 2014 or until funds are fully disbursed.  Full details and a link to submit an application can be found at www.dac.com.

About DAC
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems and for electronic design automation (EDA). Members of a diverse worldwide community from more than 1,000 organizations attend each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives, and researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area with approximately 200 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM's Special Interest Group on Design.


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