Nanette Collins Selected to Receive Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award

Noted Public Relations Consultant Honored for Her Contributions to EDA

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 24, 2013 — Nanette Collins, a public relations consultant from Boston, was selected as the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Achievement Award recipient for 2013.

The award, named for DAC’s former organizer Marie Pistilli, is presented annually to an individual who has helped advance women in the EDA industry. It will be presented to Collins during the 50th Design Automation Conference (DAC) Monday, June 3, at 2:30 p.m. in the DAC Pavilion (Booth #509) in Austin, Texas. Immediately following, Ann Steffora Mutschler, senior editor at System-Level Design, will interview Collins. DAC will be held June 2-6 at the Austin Convention Center.

Collins’ career includes the public relations management of more than 30 companies, many of whom have made a significant impact on the EDA industry. In addition, her years of service as the publicity chair of the Executive Committee of DAC, as well as with other conferences and industry organizations, have had a positive impact on the EDA industry as a whole.

Collins has been a supporter and previous committee member of the Workshop for Women in Electronic Design (WWED) since its formation in 2000. The mission of the group is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas for successful careers in the electronics, to address the particular needs of professional women, and to provide an opportunity for peer networking. As DAC publicity chair, she promoted and supported the establishment of the Marie R. Pistilli award. Collins is an example of both entrepreneurship and volunteering in EDA, especially to women.

“It’s a privilege to have my name linked with Marie Pistilli’s, someone I’ve long admired for her kindness, high standards and professionalism,” says Collins. “As someone who’s not part of EDA’s technical community, I’m grateful for the recognition that women of varying skills can contribute in meaningful ways to the success of EDA.”

About Nanette Collins

Collins became a member of the EDA community once she joined Viewlogic as marketing communications manager. Viewlogic was a startup and EDA in its infancy, and she’s been witness to many of the most memorable EDA milestones ever since. She moved to Cadence Design Systems and Exemplar Logic before founding Nanette V. Collins Marketing & PR in 1994. Collins was a member of the Design Automation Conference’s Executive Committee, serving as its publicity chair, a position she held from 2001-2009. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Relations from Boston University College of Communications and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from Suffolk University in Boston.

About the Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award

Women have made important contributions and strides in the EDA industry for over 20 years. In an effort to recognize those who have dedicated time toward these achievements, the DAC Executive Committee presents an annual award to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to help women advance in the field of EDA technology. For a list of previous recipients of the Award, please click here.

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.

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