EDA and IP startups have always been a key source of technology innovation -- even today's larger EDA and IP companies were startups at one point. Over the last two decades, Dr. Lanza has helped guide numerous startups as they developed the innovative technologies needed to keep the industry moving forward. Lucio's continuing strong support of the industry has included valuable business and technical mentoring based on his years of experience in the EDA and semiconductor industries, as well as financial backing in many cases.
Joe Costello, founding CEO of Cadence Design Systems, said "These days, when I talk to a young EDA or IP startup I hear about Lucio. He is keeping our industry fed with a steady stream of innovation, new ideas and energy. So in a very practical sense, it is Lucio's vision and drive that powers today's EDA industry and plots its future. And for this, we are all very fortunate."
As an investor, Lucio and the entrepreneurs he works with often have common interests. However, he often provides advice and direction to companies where he has no financial stake. Sanjay Srivastava, Founder & CEO of Denali, commented, "Denali was privately funded and we never accepted venture investment. In spite of that, Lucio was very generous with his time and advice during all my days running Denali. I consider him to be one of my most influential mentors."
Lucio received his Doctorate degree in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico of Milano in 1967. He spent over 20 years in industry, including Olivetti, Intel and Daisy Systems before joining the ranks of venture capitalists in 1990 at US Venture partners. He founded Lanza techVentures, an early stage venture capital and investment firm, in 2001.
In addition to his industry and financial experience, Dr. Lanza has served as a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2006. He is also a regular contributor to major industry conferences including the Design Automation Conference (DAC) and the International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD).
John Kibarian, President and CEO of PDF Solutions, Inc. and co-chair of the EDA Consortium, added, "Lucio has been on the PDF Solutions board since 1995. In that time, his long term commitment combined with his technical and business expertise has helped PDF focus on building a strong future as the industry has changed. He has shared this experience and vision with countless EDA and IP companies, enhancing the entire industry in the process."
IEEE CEDA President Sani Nassif said, "CEDA is pleased to join with EDAC in the presentation of the 2014 Phil Kaufman Award to Lucio Lanza. Lucio has been a key force in the academic community as well as in business, connecting faculty and students to new ventures, and helping to move their research into the marketplace."
"ICCAD is excited to once again be the location for the Kaufman Award presentation," said Yao-Wen Chang, General Chair of the 2014 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design. "This annual venue for the presentation of the best research results from academia and industry is the appropriate site to honor Lucio Lanza, who has been a leader in putting many of these innovations into practice."
Mark Templeton, President and CEO of Motius, Inc., said, "Lucio spends his hours, days and years helping technologists and entrepreneurs develop their ideas, polish their technical and business skills and bring innovation to the semiconductor design community. Lucio doesn't usually found companies, but without Lucio's mentoring, emotional and financial support, many, if not most, of the industry's brightest ideas would never make it to market."
In recognition of his advancement of the EDA and IP industry through his though his generous business and technical mentoring, and financial support of numerous innovative companies, the EDA Consortium and IEEE Council on EDA are pleased to present the 2014 Phil Kaufman Award to Dr. Lucio Lanza.
About the Phil Kaufman Award
The Phil Kaufman Award honors individuals who have had demonstrable impact on the field of EDA through technology innovations, education/mentoring, business or industry leaderships. The award was established as a tribute to Phil Kaufman, the late industry pioneer who turned innovative technologies into commercial businesses that have benefited electronic designers. Last year's recipient, Dr. Chenming Hu, TSMC Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley, was honored for his contributions to transistor modeling enabling the generation of FinFET based design.
Details and registration for the 2014 Phil Kaufman Award Dinner honoring Dr. Lucio Lanza are available on the EDAC web site.
About the EDA Consortium
The EDA Consortium is the international association of companies that provide design tools and services that enable engineers to create the world's electronic products used for communications, computer, space technology, medical, automotive, industrial equipment, and consumer electronics markets among others. For more information about the EDA Consortium, visit www.edac.org.
About the IEEE Council on EDA
The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) provides a focal point for EDA activities spread across six IEEE societies (Antennas and Propagation; Circuits and Systems; Computer; Electron Devices; Microwave Theory and Techniques; and Solid State Circuits). It sponsors more than 12 conferences, including the Design Automation Conference (DAC), International Conference in CAD (ICCAD), and Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE). CEDA publishes IEEE Transactions on CAD, IEEE Design and Test, and the IEEE Embedded Systems Letters. CEDA is increasingly involved in recognizing its leaders via the A. Richard Newton Award, Early Career Award, and the Phil Kaufmann Award. CEDA welcomes volunteers and local chapters. For more information, go to: www.ieee-ceda.org.
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