Dr. Ellen J. Yoffa of IBM Research to Receive Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award; Technology Industry Leader Recognized for Contributions to EDA Industry

BOULDER, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 15, 2006— Organizers of the 43rd Design Automation Conference (DAC) today announced that Dr. Ellen J. Yoffa, director of Next Generation Web at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center, will receive the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award. Dr. Yoffa, who served as the 1997 DAC general chair, will be presented with this honor on July 24, 2006 during DAC's Workshop for Women in Design Automation. The annual award, named for DAC's former organizer Marie Pistilli, recognizes outstanding contributions to the ongoing advancement of women in the EDA industry. The 43rd DAC will be held July 24-28, 2006, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

As director of Next Generation Web at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York, Dr. Yoffa leads research activities in advanced technologies for pervasive, client, and web software infrastructure, including sensors and actuators, distributed messaging, and web service architectures. Her responsibilities also comprise technologies for Accessibility and Healthcare. Prior to her current position, Dr. Yoffa was director of Emerging System Technologies at IBM, leading research activities in computer system hardware and software ranging from handheld devices to large scale-out systems. She has also held numerous technical and management positions in design automation in IBM's research and development organizations.

Dr. Yoffa is 2006 President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the first society to endorse the recently formed IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA). She is a member of the external advisory boards of the University of Southern California Electrical Engineering Department and the University of Massachusetts Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. She has also served on the editorial advisory board of IEEE Spectrum magazine. Dr. Yoffa received a Bachelor of Science and a Ph.D. in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her area of study was theoretical solid state physics. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of ACM, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

"Ellen's technical contributions, coupled with her professional activities and her advocacy for the recognition of the design automation profession in the greater technical and business community, make her most deserving of this award," said William Joyner of IBM and SRC, and the 2005 DAC general chair.

"It's an honor to receive this year's Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award," said Dr. Yoffa. "EDA combines the opportunity to explore exciting, groundbreaking technologies with the chance to work with many wonderful colleagues. I've had a great career in EDA and I'm happy that this award brings attention to the women in this industry, both experienced professionals and those just entering the field."

About the 2006 Workshop for Women in Design Automation

The 10th Workshop for Women in Design Automation (WWINDA) will be held at DAC on Monday, July 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. This year's topic will be "Working the 80/20 Rule for Success - Focusing in on What Matters," and will feature a keynote speaker and panelists discussing how talented women "cracked the code" of focusing on the work that matters in order to also sustain a successful work/life balance.

About DAC

DAC is the premier forum for the electronic design industry to exchange information on products, methodologies and processes. Attended by more than 10,000 developers, designers, researchers, managers and engineers from leading electronics companies and universities around the world, DAC includes more than 240 exhibitors and offers a robust technical program covering the electronics industry's hottest trends to bring people to the event.

The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM/SIGDA), the Circuits and Systems Society and Computer Aided Network Design Technical Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE/CASS/CANDE), and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium). More details about DAC are available at: www.dac.com.

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