Nominations Being Accepted for the Annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award

Nominating period open through March 1, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 22, 2019 — The  Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier conference devoted to the design and automation of electronic circuits and systems, is now accepting  nominations for the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award. The 56th DAC will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV June 2–6, 2019. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 PM MST on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Worldwide Women in Electronic Design (WWED) highlights the achievements women have contributed to in the electronics industry. Each year the committee works closely with the DAC Executive Committee to seek out and sponsor an exceptional speaker to present at DAC. They also seek nominations and select the recipient of the annual Marie R. Pistilli Award.

This annual award, named for the late Marie R. Pistilli, the former co-organizer of DAC, recognizes individuals who have visibly helped to advance the profile of women in the electronics industry. This year’s honoree (to be announced prior to DAC) will be presented with the award at the 56th DAC General/Opening Session on Monday, June 3, 2019.

The Marie R. Pistilli Award honors a woman or man in semiconductor-related industry or academia. Nominees may hail from technical or non-technical backgrounds and are individuals who have made notable contributions to advance the profile of women in the electronic design industry. Past recipients have played key roles in creating, launching, or managing products that involved contributions from women or created opportunities for women in the industry. Some have been leaders within a company or organization helping to raise the awareness of women, while others have been mentors or role models for successful women in technology.

“WWED is proud to carry on Marie Pistilli’s legacy,” said Raewadee Parnmukh, 56th DAC, WWED Chair. “For over 18 years, the Marie Pistilli award has acknowledged the pivotal role diversity plays in sparking the innovations that have continued advancements in electronic design. At the 56th DAC in Las Vegas, we will honor another individual who best captures the spirit of the award to inspire the next generation of women in our industry.”

Past recipients of the award include:
55th DAC – Anne Cirkel, Senior Director for Technology Marketing at Mentor, a Siemens Business
54th DAC – Janet Olson, Vice President of Engineering for RTL Synthesis R&D, Synopsys
53rd DAC – Soha Hassoun, Professor/Chair of the Department of Computer Science, Tufts University
52nd DAC – Margaret Martonosi, Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University
51st DAC – Diana Marculescu, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
50th DAC – Nanette Collins, Nanette Collins Marketing & Public Relations
49th DAC – Dr. Belle Wei, San Jose State University
48th DAC – Limor Fix, Intel Corporation
47th DAC – Mar Hershenson, Magma Design Automation
46th DAC – Telle Whitney, Anita Borg Institute
45th DAC – Louise Trevillyan, IBM Research
44th DAC – Jan Willis, Calibra Consulting
43rd DAC – Ellen Yoffa, IBM Research
42nd DAC – Kathryn Kranen, Jasper Design Automation, Inc.
41st DAC – Mary Jane Irwin, Penn State University

For more information and to submit your nomination, visit the  Worldwide Women in Electronic Design webpage.

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) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to 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), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA).

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