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Nominations Being Accepted for 14th Annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award

The Design Automation Conference (DAC), celebrating its 50th year as the premier conference devoted to electronic design, design automation, embedded systems and software, is now accepting nominations for the Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award. The 50th DAC will be held at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas from June 2-6, 2013. Nominations must be received no later than 5 PM, MST, Friday, March 1st, 2013.

This annual award, named for Marie R. Pistilli, the former organizer of DAC, recognizes individuals who have visibly helped to advance the profile of women in the EDA industry. This year’s honoree (to be announced prior to DAC) will be interviewed by Ann Steffora Mutschler, Senior Editor, System-Level Design, and presented with the award at the conference during the Pavilion Panel: A Conversation with the 2013 Marie R. Pistilli Award Winner on June 3rd, 2013.

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 creating, launching or managing 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.

“The Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award is a prestigious award for our industry,” said WWED Chairperson, Sashi Obilisetty of Synopsys. “This is an opportunity to both recognize and nominate individuals who have made a significant difference in the advancement of women in EDA. We look forward to receiving nominations from both the industry and academia.”

Past recipients of the award include:

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 Univ.

For additional information on the award, including the nomination form, visit the DAC website 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, 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 Automation (ACM SIGDA).

Design Automation Conference acknowledges trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.

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