Workshop for Women in Design Automation Sponsors Students to DAC

The Workshop for Women in Design Automation (WWINDA), part of the 45th Design Automation Conference (DAC), announced that, thanks to generous sponsorship support from companies within the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) community, 12 sponsorships were awarded to graduate students from local universities. These sponsorships cover the cost of travel and workshop registration, and will allow students from the University of California, San Diego; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, Irvine; and the University of Texas, Austin, to attend the 45th annual DAC and participate in the workshop. This year marks a record number of sponsorships from a growing list of companies and organizations. This year’s sponsors are: Accellera, Cadence Design Systems, Denali Software Inc., EDA Confidential, Magma Design Automation, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys, Inc. The WWINDA will take place Monday, June 9, 2008, during DAC. The 45th DAC will take place June 8 – 13, 2008, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

WWINDA is a professional development event that addresses the particular needs of women in the EDA field while also serving as a valuable forum to exchange ideas and network with fellow professionals. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Mar Hershenson, vice president of product development, Custom Design Business Unit, Magma Design Automation.

“The topic of this year’s workshop, ‘Achieving Career Balance in an Unbalanced World,’ is one that is valuable at any stage of one’s career,” said Peggy Aycinena, 2008 chair, WWINDA. “We are thrilled that a growing number of companies realize the importance of introducing graduate students in EECS to the EDA field before graduation. We know this year’s student participants will forge some valuable connections with those already working in the field.”

The Workshop for Women in Design Automation (WWINDA) is open to all electronics and design automation professionals. For questions, please contact Nannette Jordan or Susie Horn at 303-530-4333.

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).