DAC Professional Development Fund Awards Over $170,000

For the 15th year, the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in conjunction with several sponsoring societies is awarding more than $170,000 in development funds to students and professionals in the EDA field. More than $2.2 million have been awarded since the inception of the Professional Development Fund. The 45th DAC will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif., June 8 – 13, 2008.

A range of programs, including the A. Richard Newton Graduate Scholarships, the P.O. Pistilli Advancement in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Program, the Young Student Support Program and the University Booth Program are supported by the DAC Professional Development Fund. The Fund also supports a number of workshops that take place during DAC, such as the Workshop for Women in Design Automation.

“DAC is committed to ensuring the continued growth of the EDA industry, and we reflect that by making this annual pledge to continuing education both within academia and in professional development,” said Steve Levitan, 45th DAC Past Chair, who oversees the DAC Professional Development Fund.

Programs Receiving DAC Professional Development Funds:

A. Richard Newton Graduate Scholarships: Awarded by DAC in honor of the memory of Dr. A. Richard Newton, $24,000 in scholarships will be given to support graduate research and study in electronic design automation and circuit design. These scholarships are intended to support the graduate students of faculty investigators at universities establishing new programs in electronic design automation or circuit design and/or the graduate students of young faculty investigators (assistant rank, non-tenured) working in electronic design automation or circuit design. Additional information can be found at www.dac.com/45th/scholar.html.

P. O. Pistilli Scholarship for Advancement in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering: Funded by DAC and directed by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA), this scholarship is for undergraduate students. The objective of the scholarship is to increase the pool of professionals in electrical engineering and computer science from under-represented groups (Women, African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Disabled). Scholarships of $4,000 per year, renewable for up to five years, are awarded annually to as many as seven high school seniors from under-represented groups who have a 3.00 GPA or better (on a 4.00 scale), have demonstrated high achievement in math and science courses, have expressed a strong desire to pursue careers in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science, and who have demonstrated substantial financial need. Additional information is available at doc.union.edu/acsee.html.

SIGDA/DAC University Booth: Provides an opportunity for the university community to demonstrate EDA tools, design projects, and instructional materials at the Design Automation Conference. The University Booth also provides space for the presentation of EDA vendor literature and programs of interest to the university community. The University Booth offers booth space, poster areas, computers, printers, and a high-speed connection to the Internet for participating universities. The SIGDA/DAC University Booth also provides travel grants to the participating students to cover some of the transportation and lodging expense. Additional information is available at www.sigda.org/programs/Ubooth/Ubooth2008/.

Young Student Support Program: Encourages advanced undergraduates and first-year graduate students (beginning first year, or finishing first and beginning second year) to join the electronic design automation profession or pursue graduate studies in this field. This program introduces students to DAC and the design automation profession through meetings, tours, and by association with a mentor who is an advanced graduate student already working in the area. This year’s program expects to grant $28,000 for students’ registration fees and banquet tickets, and to help with travel expenses. The program is sponsored by DAC along with the EDA Consortium, IEEE CASS/CEDA and the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA), which also administers the Young Student Support Program. More information on this scholarship can be found at vlsi.ws.binghamton.edu/~studprog08/.

NSF/SIGDA/DAC Design Automation Summer School (DASS) offers graduate students the opportunity to participate in an intensive two day course on selected areas of research and development in design automation. DASS is co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM’s) Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA), DAC Professional Development Fund and the National Science Foundation. The course runs every other year at DAC. Information about the 2007 course is available at: www.ece.rice.edu/~kmram/dass07/index.html

Workshops at DAC: The fund also supports and “seeds” workshops of educational and professional interest to the practicing EDA professional. This year the list of more than a dozen workshops includes the Workshop for Women in Design Automation, Maximizing Efficiency in the Development Cycle, Effective Technical Writing, Cross-layer Power and Thermal Management, Biochips to Interface and Monitor Human Biological Functions and the 4th Integrated Design Systems Workshop – OpenAccess: A Platform for Continuous Evolution and Innovation. More information on the workshops can be found on the DAC Web site.

About DAC
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,500 organizations attends each year, from system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight is its Exhibition and Suite area with approximately 250 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon and IP providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM/SIGDA), the Circuits and Systems Society and Council on Electronic Design Automation of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE/CASS/CEDA) and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium).