Past DAC General Chair and Technology Marketing Executive honored for her contributions to the EDA industry
Anne Cirkel, senior director technology marketing at Mentor, a Siemens business, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award, a prestigious annual honor that recognizes individuals who have visibly helped to advance women in electronic design. The award is named for the late Marie R. Pistilli, former organizer of DAC, who placed a high value on equality, diversity, and acceptance.
Anne Cirkel has been a significant participant in the worldwide electronic design community. In 2015, Anne served as general chair of the 52nd Design Automation Conference (DAC), capping more than a decade of contributing to the conference and serving on various DAC committees. In appreciation of her dedication, she was awarded the IEEE EDA Outstanding Service Award. She represented the Electronics Systems Design Alliance for more than 10 years on the DATE executive committees. In recognition of this commitment, she was named Design Automation & Test in Europe fellow and was recognized at DATE 2015 for “Outstanding Performance Servicing DATE.” In addition, Anne has served on the program committee of Embedded World. In her role at Mentor she leads the corporate technology marketing team. As a champion for diversity, Anne sees it as her mission to help promote gender neutrality in hiring decisions.
“Anne’s tenure as the general chair of the 52nd DAC was inspiring for everyone in our industry,” said OneSpin’s McKenzie Ross, chair of the Worldwide Women in Electronic Design (WWED) committee for the 55th DAC. “Anne was the first marketing executive to chair the conference in its half-century history. She energetically evangelized DAC by blogging weekly for the entire year leading up to the conference—which was one of the best attended in the past several years—growing it by over 18% in two years. On behalf of the DAC Executive Committee, our WWED committee members, and everyone in the EDA community, I congratulate Anne on this well-deserved achievement.”
In response to the award, Dr. Wally Rhines, CEO and President of Mentor, a Siemens Business, said, “I’m delighted that Anne’s contributions to our industry are being honored with this prestigious award. She has been a tireless advocate within Mentor for the design automation community and its flagship conference. As one of our most senior female executives, she is a superb role model for the leadership generations to come.”
The Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award will be presented to Anne Cirkel during the 55th DAC General Session Awards presentation on Monday, June 25, 2018 at Moscone West, San Francisco, CA.