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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 »

The Phil Kaufman Award Ceremony and Dinner –– Come See and Be Seen!

January 19th, 2018 by Bob Smith, Executive Director

Anyone who joins us for the Phil Kaufman Award ceremony and dinner knows attendees are the “who’s who” of the electronic system design ecosystem and this year’s evening will be no different. Come to “see and be seen” at The GlassHouse in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, February 8, for the Phil Kaufman Award ceremony and dinner. We will honor Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, the recipient of the 2017 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design.

If you attend, you’ll rub shoulders with executives from Arm, Cadence, Mentor, a Siemens Business, PDF Solutions, Synopsys and ACM SigDA who are sponsoring the evening presented by the ESD Alliance and the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA). Attendance is open to member companies at a substantial discount. Of course, you don’t need to be a member to attend. Registration is open and information can be found at:

Everyone attending the dinner will help us celebrate the positive news coming from our most recent Market Statistics Service (MSS) report. As just noted in our Q3 2017 MSS report, industry revenue was up 8 percent over Q3 2016. Another positive sign –– employment in the system design ecosystem is up almost 10% when compared to Q3 2016.

The MSS newsletter can be found at: Naturally, the complete quarterly MSS report has much more information, containing detailed revenue data broken out by both categories and geographic regions. The report is available to member companies of the ESD Alliance, another excellent reason to join.

About Dr. Rob Rutenbar

Rob Rutenbar’s contributions are significant and include founding multiple startups, including Neolinear, an analog tool company now part of Cadence. 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.

He’s a credit to the industry and is well deserving of the Phil Kaufman Award. Please join us in feting Dr. Rob Rutenbar. Everyone at the ESD Alliance and IEEE CEDA looks forward to seeing you February 8. Registration is open until Friday, January 26. Details are available at:

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