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Renu Mehra receives Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award


Synopsys Digital Design Group R&D Group Director Honored as Pioneer of Design Automation for Power Management

SAN FRANCISCO– (BUSINESS WIRE) –# 58DAC–Renu Mehra, R&D Group Director for the Digital Design Group at Synopsys, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award, a prestigious annual honor that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women in electronic design. The award is named after the late Marie R. Pistilli, co-founder of DAC, who placed great importance on equality, diversity and acceptance.

Mehra, who leads the R&D team at Synopsys Design Compiler®, is an organizational leader and innovator responsible for many advanced technologies including RTL synthesis and optimization, clock synchronization, multi-voltage design and power management, as well as congestion, PPA, and runtime optimizations. . She pioneered design automation for power management and provided one of the first visions of automated solutions in this field. As a founding member of the IEEE 1801 working group that created the Unified Power Format, she helped shape what is now the dominant power intent specification format for the semiconductor industry.

Mehra obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, as well as a master’s and a doctorate. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds several US patents and has published in various international conferences. She served as Program Chair and General Chair of the IEEE / ACM International Conference on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED) in 2015 and 2016, respectively; she has served on technical program committees for several conferences, including ISLPED, DAC and ICCAD; and is part of the executive committee of CAD and ISLPED. She received the 2020 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Leadership Award and was featured in the Global Semiconductor Association’s Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2021.

“I am very honored and touched to receive the prestigious Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design award,” said Mehra. “Engineering and technology have been my passion for as long as I can remember. I love sharing this passion with other women and team members, as it gives me the opportunity to listen to diverse perspectives, explore, be innovative and strive for excellence.

The Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design award to Renu Mehra will be officially presented at the upcoming Hybrid Design Automation Conference, December 5-10, 2021 at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco, Calif. For more information on the Hybrid DAC program and registration, please visit:

About the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award

Women have made important contributions and advances in the semiconductor industry for over 20 years. To recognize those who have dedicated time and effort to these accomplishments, the Executive Committee of the Design Automation Conference (DAC) presents an annual award to honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to help women advance in the field of EDA technology. The award is named after the former organizer of the DAC, the late Marie Pistilli, who has worked tirelessly to advance the advancement of women in engineering. Marie passed away in November 2015, but her memory and legacy endure thanks to her namesake award.

For a list of previous award recipients and for details on how to nominate a candidate for 2022, please visit

Advance registration for the Hybrid DAC is now open; see the program. The free I LOVE DAC passes are available until October 29, 2021. For more information or to register, visit:

About CAD

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for electronic circuit and system design, and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse global community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior executives and executives, as well as as researchers and academics from major universities. Nearly 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of experts in electronic design offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. One of DAC’s strengths is its exhibition and suite space with around 175 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design service providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Council on Electronic Design Automation ( IEEE CEDA).

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