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Four Achievement Awards to be Presented During DAC Next Week

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Please join us at DAC next week as we recognize outstanding contributions to EDA with the presentation of four achievement awards. They will be given during the opening session of DAC next Tuesday –– June 7 –– at the San Diego Convention Center.

It gives me great pleasure to announce the award recipients because they are all well-known and well-respected leaders of our industry, and highly deserving. Each one sets a high standard and example for the rest of us.

The first award is the Donald Pederson Award that recognizes the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design. Recipients are Professor Rob A. Rutenbar, Abel Bliss professor and department head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Amith Singhee, member of the research staff at IBM. They wrote “Statistical Blockade: Very Fast Statistical Simulation and Modeling of Rare Circuit Events and Its Application to Memory Design” that appeared in the August 2009 issue.

Up next is the A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award, awarded jointly by CEDA and the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SigDA), will be given to Professor Jason Cong of UCLA and Dr. Yuzheng (Eugene) Ding, senior staff software engineer at Xilinx. The award honors contributors whose impact is recognized over a significant period of time. Professor Cong and Dr. Ding will be recognized for their pioneering work on technology mapping for field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

The IEEE CEDA Outstanding Service Contribution Award will be presented to Professor Sachin Sapatnekar from the University of Minnesota for significant service as the general chair of the 47th DAC.

During the session, Pasquale (Pat) O. Pistilli, chairman of MP Associates of Louisville, Colo., will receive the Phil Kaufman Award, presented by CEDA and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium.

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