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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 »

February Means the Phil Kaufman Award Ceremony and Dinner

January 11th, 2018 by Bob Smith, Executive Director

The ESD Alliance events calendar kicks-off 2018 with a special evening honoring Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rutenbar is the recipient of the 2017 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design.

Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, is the recipient of the 2017 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design

The beautiful GlassHouse serves as the location in downtown San Jose, Calif., for the Phil Kaufman Award ceremony and dinner Thursday, February 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. We hope you will be able to join the ESD Alliance and the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA) in celebrating Dr. Rutenbar’s many achievements. Registration opened today and can be found at: Please register now!

Dr. Rutenbar is a popular, versatile and entrepreneurial member of our community with contributions ranging from algorithms and tools for analog and mixed-signal designs to founding multiple startups, including Neolinear, a successful analog tool company. As an academic researcher at CMU, he pioneered a range of models, algorithms and tools for analog IC designs. During his tenure at the University of Illinois, he reworked his long-running CMU course, “VLSI CAD: Logic to Layout,” into the first Massive, Open, Online Course (MOOC) on EDA, providing training to thousands of engineers.

Special thanks to Arm, Cadence, Mentor, a Siemens Business, Synopsys and ACM SigDA for sponsoring the evening. We have a few more sponsorships available. If your company is interested, sponsorship information can be found at:

Many of our community members warmly remember Phil Kaufman for whom the Phil Kaufman Award was named. An industry pioneer who turned innovative technologies into commercial businesses that benefit electronic designers even today, he was president and CEO of Quickturn Systems (now Cadence) at the time of his death in 1992. Prior to Quickturn, he was CEO of early and influential EDA vendor Silicon Compiler Systems, now part of Mentor.

The award, first granted in 1994, is presented to individuals who have had a demonstrable impact on the field of electronic system design through technology innovations, education/mentoring, or business or industry leadership. Last year’s recipient was Andrzej J. Strojwas, Keithley professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, recognized for his pioneering research in the area of design for manufacturing in the semiconductor industry.

A reminder that attendance at the Phil Kaufman Award ceremony and dinner, always a great networking event, is open to member companies at a substantial discount. Please visit the registration page at for more information. If your company would like to join the ESD Alliance, join now and join us for the ceremony and dinner.

Please visit the ESD Alliance website ( to read why so many companies in the electronic system design ecosystem are members. You can contact me at ( for more information.

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