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.

Join us at the 56th DAC when we announce this year's Marie R. Pistilli Award honoree during the General Session Awards presentation on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition, don’t miss the WWED’s SKY Talk speaker, Hava Siegelmann of DARPA, as she shares her knowledge on “Cutting Edge AI: Fundamentals of Lifelong Learning and Generalization” on Monday, June 3 at 1:00pm in the DAC Pavilion.
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2019 Marie R. Pistilli Award Recipient

Iris Bahar
Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Brown University 

Iris Bahar received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before entering the Ph.D. program at CU-Boulder, she worked at Digital Equipment Corporation as a senior hardware designer responsible in one of their microprocessor design groups.   She has been on the faculty at Brown University in the School of Engineering since 1996.   Her research interests include computer architecture; computer-aided design for synthesis, verification and low-power applications; design, test, and reliability issues for nanoscale systems; and most recently, design of robotic systems.  Her research has been continuously funded since 1997 through various industrial and government sources, including the National Science Foundation, DARPA, DoD, SRC, Intel, IBM and NASA. Iris is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM.

Past Recipients of the Marie R. Pistilli Award
  • 56th DAC, 2019 - Iris Bahar, Brown University 
  • 55th DAC, 2018 - Anne Cirkel, Mentor, a Siemens Business
  • 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
2019 WWED Steering Committee:
Raewadee Parnmukh, SiFive, Inc. (Chair)
Seena ShankarCadence Design Systems, Inc. (Vice Chair)
McKenzie RossOneSpin Solutions (Past Chair)

Michelle Clancy, Cayenne Communications, DAC Publicity & Marketing Chair
Annette Crider, MP Associates Liaison
Usha GairaSynopsys, Inc.
Maheen Hamid, Breker Verification Systems
Ajeetha Kumari, CVC
Terri Mackenzie, MP Associates Liaison 
Dina Medhat, Mentor, a Siemens Business
Heather Monigan, Intel Corp.
Ann Steffora MutschlerSemiconductor Engineering (Past Chair)
Julie Rogers, ESD Alliance
Kamal Sekhon, Oski Technology