The 58th Design Automation Conference Opens Call for Nominations for the Prestigious Marie R. Pistilli Award

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

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – March 3, 2021 – The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized globally as the annual place to be for electronic design and systems professionals.  Over the past 58 years, DAC has encouraged and fostered diversity among the electronic design community as well as the event 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 honoring those individuals who have helped advance the profile of women in the electronics industry and made significant overall contributions.  Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Marie R. Pistilli Electronic Design Award.

The Marie R. Pistilli Award honors a person in the semiconductor-related industry or academia his or her support and advancement of women in the related industries. 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 58th DAC General/Opening Session, being held at Moscone West Center in San Francisco, CA from December 5-9, 2021.  DAC will co-locate with SEMICON West 2021, which is being held at the Moscone Center, North and South Halls, December 7-9, 2021.

“The DAC organization is proud to continue the Marie Pistilli legacy in an effort to make our industry a place where diversity and innovation thrives,” said Harry Foster, 58th DAC General Chair and Verification Scientist at Siemens EDA.  “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.”

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) and IEEE’s Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).

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