Worldwide Women in Electronic Design (WWED)

The mission of Worldwide Women in Electronic Design (WWED) is to:

Present content of value and relevance to women in all areas of semiconductor design 
•Highlight innovations, contributions, and achievements of women in technology
•Address the growing needs of professional women in the semiconductor field
•Foster a strong, constructive network for successful careers
•Inspire future generations to confidently follow and outpace our footsteps



Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award

The Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award is a prestigious annual honor that recognizes individuals who have visibly helped to advance women in electronic design. The award is named for the late Marie R. Pistilli, former organizer of DAC, who placed a high value on equality, diversity, and acceptance.

Nominations for the 2018 award will open on January 15, 2018. Any person—male or female—who has made strides in advancing the status of women in the field of semiconductor design is eligible to receive the award. Nomination requirements and format can be found here. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 2, 2018 (5 pm MST deadline).The Marie R. Pistilli Award honoree will be announced at 55th DAC, during the General Session Awards presentation on Monday, June 25, 2018, at Moscone West, San Francisco, California.


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2017 Marie R. Pistilli Award Recipient

Janet Olson, vice president of engineering for RTL Synthesis R&D at Synopsys, Inc., was selected as the recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award for 2017.

Janet Olson
-Vice President of Engineering for RTL Synthesis R&D at Synopsys, Inc

During her 23-year tenure, Janet has helped drive the evolution of one of the company’s flagship and largest products, Design Compiler. Today, she leads a team of 70 engineers who help the world’s top IC suppliers bring their digital products to market faster.
Janet’s work has advanced the field of logic synthesis, resulting in innovative and patented technology to resolve congestion, minimize power/timing/area, and improve profitability. Most recently she led her team to develop and deliver Design Compiler Graphical and Explorer. Janet is the co-inventor of 3 U.S. patents and has 4 patents pending for DFT synthesis technology and novel RTL synthesis techniques.
Actively involved in the community, Janet supports charitable organizations such as the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Special Olympics. She is a long-time Girl Scout leader and AYSO board member. Janet is also committed to promoting women in Engineering. She participates in diversity panels and recruiting events for women, and she actively mentors emerging talent.
Janet received the YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award in 2015 and the 
Synopsys Excellence Award in 2007. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. 

Past Recipients of the Marie R. Pistilli Award

  • 54th DAC, 2017 - Janet Olson, Synopsys, Inc. 
  • 53rd DAC, 2016 - Soha Hassoun, Tufts University
  • 52nd DAC, 2015 - Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University
  • 51st DAC, 2014 - Diana Marculescu, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 50th DAC, 2013 - Nanette Collins, Nanette V. Collins Marketing, and Public Relations
  • 49th DAC, 2012 - Dr. Belle W. Y. Wei, San Jose State University
  • 48th DAC, 2011 - Limor Fix, Intel Corp.
  • 47th DAC, 2010 - Mar Hershenson, Magma Design Automation, Inc.
  • 46th DAC, 2009 - Telle Whitney, Anita Borg Institute
  • 45th DAC, 2008 - Louise Trevillyan, IBM Research Center
  • 44th DAC, 2007 - Jan Willis, Cadence
  • 43rd DAC, 2006 - Ellen Yoffa, IBM
  • 42nd DAC, 2005 - Kathryn Kranen, Jasper Design Automation, Inc.
  • 41st DAC, 2004 - Mary Jane Irwin, Penn State Univ.
  • 40th DAC, 2003 - Karen Bartleson, Synopsys, Inc.
  • 39th DAC, 2002 - Ann Rincon, AMI Semiconductor
  • 38th DAC, 2001 - Deidre Hanford, Synopsys, Inc.
  • 37th DAC, 2000 - Penny Herscher, Previously Cadence


2018 WWED Steering Committee:
McKenzie Ross, OneSpin Solutions (Chair)
Raewadee Parnmukh, Synopsys, Inc. (Vice Chair)
Ann Steffora Mutschler, Semiconductor Engineering (Past Chair)

Michelle Clancy, Cayenne Communications, DAC Publicity & Marketing Chair
Annette Crider, MP Associates Liaison
Maheen Hamid, Breker Verification Systems
Ajeetha Kumari, CVC
Terri Mackenzie, MP Associates Liaison 
Dina Medhat, Mentor, a Siemens Business
Heather Monigan, Intel Corp.
Sashi Obilisetty, Synopsys, Inc.
Tiffany Quan, Runtime Design Automation
Julie Rogers, ESD Alliance
Kamal Sekhon, Oski Technology
Seena Shankar, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.