Nominations for the 59th Design Automation Conference Innovators Under 40 Award Now Open


SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For 59 years, the future of innovation for the design and automation of electronic systems and circuits has been at the Design Automation Conference (DAC). This year will be no different. DAC is now accepting nominations for the Under 40 Innovators Award at 59and CAD. The Under 40 Innovators award is sponsored by DAC, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The award will recognize up to five of the top young innovators (nominees must be 40 years old or younger as of June 1, 2022) who are making a difference in electronics design and automation.

This year’s winners (to be announced before the DAC) will receive the award at the 59th DAC Awards Ceremony, to be held at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco, Calif., July 10-14, 2022. DAC will share its premises with SEMICON West 2022to be held at the Moscone Center, North and South Concourses, July 12-15, 2022.

Beyond traditional automation around chip implementation, design automation is rapidly expanding into new areas such as neuromorphic computing, biological systems, cybersecurity, and cyberphysical systems. Within the electronics industry, the advent of new technologies and alternative scaling approaches using new integration methods is emerging as the scaling of traditional CMOS technology slows down. Young innovators are redefining and shaping the future of design automation in industry, research labs, start-ups and universities, and DAC wants to recognize the best and the brightest.

Appointment criteria:

The Under 40 Innovators Award is open to individuals in industry or academia with technical contributions of notable impact in the field of electronics design and automation. Nominees are individuals who have made contributions through their work within an organization to the design automation community and to society at large. The award is for specific contributions such as commercial products, software or hardware systems, or specific algorithms or tools integrated into other systems widely used by members of industry and academia. Nominations that focus solely on metrics such as number of publications, patents, and citations will not be sufficient. The impact, as measured by commercialization and/or wide adoption, of the nominee’s contributions is required.

Submission for this award must include a one-page summary (less than 500 words) of the nominee’s technical work with particular emphasis on the impact of the work, a cover page with email address, candidate’s daytime telephone and date of birth. All applications must be supported by at least three letters of recommendation. One of these letters of recommendation must be from a leader within the candidate’s organization. Self-nominations are not permitted.

Up to five awards will be presented each year at the DAC. Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2022, as a single PDF file. For more information and to submit, visit: Previous recipients of the Innovator Under 40 Award:

58th DAC:

  • Tung-Chieh Chen, Co-Founder and CEO, Maxeda Technology

  • Jason Oberg, Co-Founder and CTO, Tortuga Logic

  • Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Founder, CEO of Instrumental

  • Ying Wang, Associate Professor, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

57th DAC:

  • Kris Breen, director of customer enablement at Mentor, a Siemens company

  • Shimeng Yu, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Jianyi Meng, vice president of T-Head Semiconductor and research scientist of Alibaba Group.

56th DAC:

  • Yunji Chen, Full Professor, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Huichu Liu, Research Scientist, Intel Corporation

  • Rasit Onur Topaloglu, Senior Hardware Developer and Program Manager, IBM Corp.

  • Robert Wille, Professor, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

  • Vijay Raghunathan, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

55th CAD

  • David Atienza, associate professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

  • Sheng Li, Platform Architect at Google

  • Arijit Raychowdhury, associate professor at Georgia Tech

  • Yu Wang, associate professor of Tsinghua University and co-founder of DeepPhi Tech

  • Zhiru Zhang, associate professor at Cornell Univ.

54th DAC:

  • John Arthur, Research Staff and Materials Manager, IBM Research – Almaden

  • Paul Cunningham, Vice President of R&D, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

  • Douglas Densmore, Associate Professor, Boston Univ.

  • Yongpan Liu, Associate Professor, Tsinghua Univ.

  • Sasikanth Manipatruni, Physicist/Engineer, Intel Corp.

For more information on the Under 40 award and the Design Automation conference, visit

About DAC

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for electronic circuit and system design, as well as electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse global community, representing more than 1,000 organizations, attend each year. This includes system designers and architects, circuit and logic designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives, researchers and scholars from leading universities. Nearly 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronics design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. One of DAC’s strengths is its exhibit and suite space featuring approximately 200 leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design service providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by the ACM Special Interest Group on Automation Design (ACM SIGDA) and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).

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