48th DAC | General & Society Awards

Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award


Limor Fix    Senior Principal Engineer, Director of Academic Programs and Research (ARP), Intel Corp., Hillsboro, OR

For her significant contributions in helping women advance in the field of EDA technology.

P.O. Pistilli Undergraduate Scholarships for Advancement in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering


2011 recipient: Mario Morales  

The objective of the P.O. Pistilli Scholarship program is to increase the pool of professionals in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science from under-represented groups (women, African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and physically challenged). In 1989, ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) began providing the program. Beginning in 1993, the Design Automation Conference provided the funds for the scholarship and a volunteer committee continues to administer the program for DAC. DAC normally funds a $4000 scholarship, renewable up to five years, to graduating high school seniors.

A. Richard Newton Graduate Scholarships


Student: Jie Meng     Boston Univ., Boston, MA
Prof. Ayse K, Coskun     Boston Univ., Boston, MA

Project: 3D Systems for Low-Power High-Performance Computing

Each year the Design Automation Conference sponsors the A. Richard Newton Graduate Scholarship to support graduate research and study in Design Automation (EDA). Each scholarship is awarded directly to a University for the Faculty Investigator to expend in direct support of the project and students named in the application. The criteria are: the quality and applicability of the proposed research; the impact of the award on the EDA program at the institution; the academic credentials of the student(s); and financial need.

2010 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to EDA

Sponsored by the EDA Consortium and IEEE Council on EDA

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P.O. (Pat) Pistilli     Chairman MP Associates, Inc.

Pat Pistilli is honored for his pioneering the electronic design automation (EDA) industry and building the Design Automation Conference (DAC) as its premiere showcase andnetworking platform.

IEEE CEDA Outstanding Service Contribution


Sachin Sapatnekar    Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

For significant services as DAC General Chair 2010

Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award for the IEEE Transaction on CAD



A. Singhee and R. A. Rutenbar      

For Paper Titled: “Statistical Blockade: Very Fast Statistical Simulation and Modeling of Rare Circuit Events and Its Application to Memory Design,” IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, Vol. 28, No. 8, pp. 1176-1189, August 2009.

ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation



Jason Cong     Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA
Yuzheng “Eugene” Ding      Xilinx Inc., Longmont, CO

For pionieering work on technology mapping for FPGA that has made significant impact to the FPGA research community and industry. “FlowMap: an optimal technology mapping algorithm for delay optimization in lookup-table based FPGA designs” IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, January 1994, Vol. 13, Issue 1. Pages 1-12.

ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) 2011 Best Paper Award



Meikang Qiu and Edwin H.-M. Sha      

For Paper Titled: “Cost minimization while satisfying hard/soft timing constraints for heterogeneous embedded systems” TODAES Vol 14, No 2, Article 25, April 2009.

The Award recognizes the best paper published in the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems in the time window from the April 2008 issue to the January 2011 issue.

SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award


Farinaz Koushanfar    Rice University

For her pioneering research in the areas of secure, robust, and sustainable computing.

SIGDA Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award


Nishant Patil     Stanford Univ., Palo Alto, CA

For the dissertation titled “Design and Fabrication of Imperfection-Immune Carbon Nanotube Digital VLSI Circuits,” advised by Prof. Subhasish Mitra.