Nominations Being Accepted for 11th Annual Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award

Nominating Period Open Through March 5, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 3, 2010 — The 47th Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier conference devoted to electronic design and design automation (EDA), today announced that nominations for the Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award are now being accepted. Nominations must be received no later than 5 PM, MST, Friday, March 5, 2010.

This annual award, named for Marie R. Pistilli, the former organizer of DAC, recognizes individuals who have helped to advance the profile of women in the EDA industry. This year’s honoree (to be announced prior to event) will be presented with the award during the Workshop for Women in Electronic Design (WWED) at DAC on Monday, June 14. The 47th DAC will take place from June 13-18, 2010, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA. Registration for DAC and WWED will open in April.

“For 10 years the considerable contributions of women to the EDA industry have been recognized and honored through the Marie R. Pistilli Award,” said Pamela Parrish, chair of this year’s WWED committee. “We expect that this year’s nominees will continue to reflect the best and brightest EDA professionals, and we encourage people to nominate someone they know who has helped to advance the cause of women in EDA.”

The Marie R. Pistilli award is open to men and women in industry or academia with technical or non-technical backgrounds. Nominees are individuals who have made notable contributions through work that has helped to advance the profile of women in the EDA industry. Past awardees have played key roles in launching or managing successful products that involved contributions from women, or created opportunities for women in the EDA industry. Others have been leaders within a company or organization who have helped raise the awareness of women, or mentors or role models for successful women in the EDA industry. Recent recipients of the award include:

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 Univ.
40th DAC - Karen Bartleson, Synopsys, Inc.
39th DAC - Ann Rincon, AMI Semiconductor
38th DAC - Deidre Hanford, Synopsys, Inc.
37th DAC - Penny Herscher, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

For additional information on the award, including the nomination form, visit the DAC Web site at

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, IP and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery/Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM/SIGDA), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).

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