R. Iris Bahar to Receive Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award

Brown University professor honored for outstanding technical
contributions in energy efficient and reliable electronic systems,
nanoelectronics, and nanotechnology

LOUISVILLE, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Iris Bahar, Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Brown
University, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Marie
R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award
, a prestigious annual
honor that recognizes individuals who have significantly helped to
advance women in electronic design. The award is named for the late
Marie R. Pistilli, former co-founder of DAC, who placed a high value on
equality, diversity, and acceptance.

Iris’ outstanding technical contributions have been in the area of
energy efficient and reliable electronic system design, from
high-performance systems, to embedded multicore and nanoelectronic
systems. Her contributions are as impactful as they are diverse, from
her early work on efficient representations for logic synthesis using
algebraic decision diagrams, to being one of the pioneers in identifying
power consumption as the premier constraint for computer architects and
system designers, and the more recent work on approximate computing and
energy efficient and reliable design using nanoelectronics and emerging

Iris’ work is included in more than 170 papers published in peer
reviewed venues and thousands of citations for her published work. Her
research has been continuously funded since 1997 through various
industrial and government sources, including the National Science
Foundation, DARPA, DoD, SRC, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, and NASA.

In response to the award, Diana Marculescu, David Edward Schramm
Professor and past Marie R. Pistilli award recipient, said, “Iris has
walked and bridged the boundary between electronic design and computer
architecture and has become a leader in both fields. Given Iris’
technical contributions to the field of EDA and her dedication to the
goal of advancing the status of women in electronic design, I cannot
think of a more deserving recipient for the 2019 Marie R. Pistilli Women
in Electronic Design Achievement Award.”

While Iris’ work has left an indelible mark on the industry, her
educational legacy also includes her work with her students, advisees,
and mentees. Iris’ contributions to advance the status and
representation of women in electronic design has no boundaries. She has
been a leader in events that promote and advance the participation of
women in electronic design and computer architecture. She has
co-organized (with Margaret Martonosi of Princeton University and past
Marie Pistilli award recipient) the CRA-W/CDC Discipline- Specific
Computer Architecture Summer Workshop series, the first in a series of
workshops supported by the Computing Research Association that enable
women and underrepresented minorities advance in computing disciplines.
She has continued to organize and participate in similar events that
promote diversity in computing (from high school girls, to mid-career
professionals) over the past several years. Recently, she served on the
Executive Committees of ACM SIGDA, and the IEEE/ACM International
Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD) and as General Chair of the
International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming
Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS).

Iris received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering from the
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her 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
for parts of the circuit and microarchitectural implementation in one of
their processor chips. She has been on the faculty at Brown University
in the School of Engineering since 1996 and is a Senior Member of the
IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM.

The Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award will be presented
to Iris Bahar during the 56th
General Session Awards presentation on Monday, June 3, 2019 at
the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

About the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award

Women have made important contributions and strides in the semiconductor
industry for over 20 years. To recognize those who have dedicated time
and effort toward these achievements, the Design Automation Conference
(DAC) Executive Committee presents an annual award to honor an
individual who has made significant contributions to help women advance
in the field of EDA technology. The award is named for DAC’s former
organizer, the late Marie
 who worked hard to further the advancement of women in
engineering. Marie passed away in November 2015, but her memory and her
legacy live on through her namesake award.

For a list of previous recipients of the award and to obtain details
about how to nominate a candidate for 2020, please visit https://dac.com/content/women-electronic-design.

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electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse
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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 of DAC is its exhibition and suite area with
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property (IP) and design services providers. The conference is sponsored
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Design Automation (ACM SIGDA), and the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineer’s Council on Electronic Design Automation (IEEE

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