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Three Exceptional Innovators Selected to Receive the Design Automation Conference Under-40 Innovators Award

Engineers from industry to academia recognized for contributions to EDA

Louisville, Colorado— July 8, 2020—  The future of innovation for the design and automation of electronic systems and circuits can be found each year at the annual Design Automation Conference (DAC).  This year is no different, as DAC and its sponsors – the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – are pleased to announce the three winners of the Under-40 Innovators Award.  The award recognizes the top young innovators who have made a significant impact in the field of design and automation of electronics.
The award winners will be recognized at the 57th DAC being held virtually July 20-24, 2020.  The honorees will participate at the award session being held virtually on Friday, July 24 at 5:00 P.M. during the DAC event.
The 2020 Under 40 Innovation honorees are:
Kris Breen, Director of Customer Enablement at Mentor, a Siemens Business

As Vice President of Solido Design Automation, Breen developed innovative approaches to emerging challenges in variability and library characterization. Since joining Mentor, he has continued to dedicate himself to improving and expanding the possibilities of Solido technology (Solido was acquired by Mentor, a Siemen’s Business in 2017). Breen holds a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alberta. He also holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Saskatchewan, where he was awarded the Governor General of Canada’s Silver Medal in 2002. Breen is a long-time member of the IEEE, having held various leadership positions in his local section. He is also co-author of the book: “Variation-Aware Design of Custom Integrated Circuits: A Hands-on Field Guide,” and is co-inventor on 7 US patents. In 2012, Breen was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame for being a member of the University of Saskatchewan’s volleyball team, which won the Canadian collegiate championship in 1999.
Shimeng YuGeorgia Institute of Technology
Shimeng Yu is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received the B.S. degree in microelectronics from Peking University in 2009, and the M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2011 and 2013, respectively. From 2013 to 2018, he was an assistant professor at Arizona State University.
Prof. Yu’s research expertise is on the emerging non-volatile memories for applications such as deep learning accelerator, neuromorphic computing, monolithic 3D integration, and hardware security. His group has pioneered in the open-source DNN+NeuroSim framework development for compute-in-memory hardware benchmarking. His publications are well recognized in the community with >11,000 citations and H-index 52 (by Google Scholar). 
Among Prof. Yu’s honors, he was a recipient of the NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award in 2016, the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) Early Career Award in 2017, the ACM Special Interests Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) Outstanding New Faculty Award in 2018, the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Young Faculty Award in 2019, etc. Prof. Yu is active in the professional services such as serving technical program committee for ACM/IEEE DAC, ICCAD, DATE and IEEE IEDM, VLSI Symposia, etc. He is a senior member of the IEEE.
Jianyi Meng, Vice President of T-Head Semiconductor, and the Research Scientist of Alibaba Group.
Dr. Jianyi Meng received his Ph.D. degree from Zhejiang University, and his research topic areas include high performance microprocessor design and agile SoC design. Meng was the Research Scientist of Microelectronics Institute at Fudan University and the Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of Application Specific Integrated Circuits and Systems. He was the Executive Vice President of C-SKY Microsystems Corp.
DAC offers outstanding training, education, exhibits and networking opportunities for hardware and software designers, researchers, software developers, IT engineers and software tool vendors who attend.  Registration for DAC is now open.  There are three ways to attend DAC virtually – complimentary I LOVE DAC pass, Designer/IP/Embedded Track Special $49.00 or Full Conference pass starting at $199.00.
The complimentary I Love DAC pass is available for the five days of the virtual event sponsored by ClioSoft, and Empyrean.  Registration for I LOVE DAC is open and the pass will include:

  • Four keynote sessions & 3 SKYtalks
  • Tech talks & analyst presentations
  • RISC-V presentations
  • Design-on-Cloud presentations
  • Access to the virtual exhibition with over 60 exhibitors
  • DAC trivia – play to win prizes
  • Daily virtual networking happy hour – Monday - Friday

For more information on the Virtual DAC program and registration please visit:
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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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 14:00