Marie R. Pistilli Award 2010

Dr. Mar Hershenson, Vice President of Product Development in the Custom Design Business Unit at Magma Design Automation, is the recipient of the 11th annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Achievement Award. The award honors Hershenson for her leadership, and for her personal and professional contributions to women in the industry. The Marie R. Pistilli Award will be presented during the Workshop for Women in Electronic Design ( WWED) on Monday, June 14th, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as part of the 47th Design Automation Conference (DAC). DAC takes place from June 13-18, 2010, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.


Dr. Hershenson is in charge of product development for the mixed-signal migration and optimization design tools at Magma. She joined the company through its acquisition of Sabio Labs, where she was the CEO and a co-founder. Sabio Labs offered an equation-based design environment for mixed-signal ICs. Hershenson was directly involved in developing Sabio’s ground-breaking technology and in all core aspects of building the company, from financing to sales to engineering.


Prior to Sabio Labs, she was CTO and co-founder of Barcelona Design, where she commercialized her graduate research in the application of convex optimization to analog circuit design. Before this, Hershenson worked at Silicon Valley companies such as Linear Technology and Apple Computer. Her work spans the range from low-level components such as voltage regulators for microprocessor applications to systems such as low-power video cards for laptops.


Dr. Hershenson has been awarded eight patents and has several others pending. From 2003 to 2009, she was a Consulting Professor at Stanford University, teaching analog circuit design courses. She is planning to join Stanford University again in this role in the 2010-11 school year. Hershenson has received several awards for her work, including recognition on the MIT Technology Review’s prestigious TR100 Young Innovator list in 2002. She served on the ICCAD Executive Committee for 2007 and 2008 and on the DAC Technical Panel Committee for 2009.


About the Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award

Women have made important contributions and strides in the EDA industry for over 50 years. In an effort to recognize those who have dedicated time towards these achievements, the DAC Executive Committee presents the Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award to honor an individual ‚ÄĒ male or female ‚ÄĒ who has made significant contributions in helping women advance in the field of EDA technology.


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