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Bob Smith, Executive Director
Bob Smith, Executive Director
Bob Smith is Executive Director of the ESD Alliance responsible for its management and operations. Previously, Bob was senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Uniquify, responsible for brand development, positioning, strategy and business development activities. Bob began his … More »

Looking Back on 2017

 
December 18th, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director

This year, the ESD Alliance fully embraced all that the electronic system design ecosystem has to offer with a host of absorbing networking events, participation at industry events and so much more.

Andrzej J. Strojwas, Keithley professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, was feted at the Phil Kaufman Award dinner and ceremony in late January, a great way to kick-off the year.

Dr. Andrzej J. Strojwas, Keithley professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, accepts the Kaufman Award from Shishpal Rawat, IEEE-CEDA president (at left), and Grant Pierce, chairman of the ESD Alliance board and CEO of Sonics.

However, our first event of 2017 was a panel on RISC-V, a captivating discussion on the possibilities of an open source processor. It was bookended two weeks ago with a panel on cognitive computing at San Jose State University, both organized and moderated by Jim Hogan of Vista Ventures. That evening closed out our 2017 events calendar. We are grateful to Jim for his continued support of the ESD Alliance and for bringing to the forefront new topics our community wants to learn about.

The CEO Outlook in April was deemed a success and we’ve been encouraged to do it again in 2018. Another successful evening was “Empowering Leadership with WIT and WISDOM” co-hosted by ANSYS, the ESD Alliance and SEMI. Julie Rogers, our director of marketing and operations, wrote a recent blog about it in this space.

Photos of all the 2017 events are found on the ESD Alliance website at: www.esd-alliance.org

We had plenty of news on the member front. Grant A. Pierce, CEO of Sonics, was elected by the Board of Directors to serve as its chairman, while Mentor was acquired by Siemens, and Runtime became part of Altair. Later in the year, Mentor, a Siemens Business, acquired Solido. We welcomed several new member companies this year, including CAST, EDDR Software, Helic and SoC Solutions, now part of Silvaco.

Grant A. Pierce, CEO of Sonics, is chairman of the ESD Alliance Board of Directors.

A highlight for us has been the series of ESD Alliance member company profiles by Peggy Aycinena of EDACafe. Since late August, she’s written 17 blog posts on many of our member companies. If you haven’t read them yet, please do. You’re in for a treat as she gleans insights from senior executives as only Peggy can do. And, don’t miss their comments about why their companies belong to the Alliance.

Her blog posts can be found at:

What Would Joe Do?

http://bit.ly/2kNUqnA

IP Showcase

http://bit.ly/2kjVajD

We have so much more planned for 2018 and I’ll save that for an early January blog post, including the Phil Kaufman Award ceremony and dinner February 8 (Mark your calendar now!). Meanwhile, if your company would like to join the ESD Alliance, please visit the ESD Alliance website to read about our active committees and other ongoing initiatives. Or, contact me for more specifics on ROI or other justifications for joining. I can be reached at bob@esd-alliance.org

Happy Holidays!

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