The Annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award Opens Call for Nominations

Nominees are individuals who help advance the profile of women in the electronic design industry

SAN FRANCISCO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 14, 2020 — For the past 56 years, the Design Automation Conference (DAC) has developed a vibrant worldwide community of electronic design and systems professionals as well as improved the diversity among attendees. For more than two decades, the Marie R. Pistilli Award, named for the former organizer of DAC who passed away in 2015, has been recognizing those individuals who have supported to advance the profile of women in the electronics industry. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award.

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 must be individuals who have made notable contributions to advancing the profile of women in EDA. 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.

This year’s honoree (to be announced prior to DAC) will be presented with the award at the 57th DAC General/Opening Session on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The 57th DAC will be held at Moscone West Center in San Francisco, CA from July 19-23, 2020. DAC will co-locate with SemiCon West 2020, which is being held at the Moscone Center, North and South Halls, July 21-23, 2020.

“As we enter this new decade with the focus on women and women’s advancements in STEM, the DAC organization is proud to continue the Marie Pistilli legacy,” said Michelle Clancy, 57th DAC Publicity and Marketing Chair. “Marie had the foresight to honor those who have made tremendous contributions to the electronic industry and we continue to honor those who share in her passion for the electronics industry in an effort to make our industry a place where diversity can thrive.”

Past recipients of the award include:

56th DAC – Iris Bahar, Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Brown University
55th DAC – Anne Cirkel, Senior Director, 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 Univ.
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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