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Recognizing an EDA Visionary—Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
The pioneering research of Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has contributed to major advancements in the semiconductor and electronics industry. He was on the forefront of a revolution in the computer-aided design of advanced semiconductor devices that dates back two decades, helping to co-found the world’s two largest electronic design automation (EDA) companies—Cadence and Synopsys. In recognition of his many visionary contributions to electronic engineering and the industry, Dr. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli was recently named the winner of the 2009 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award.

This award honors not only his significant contributions to technology but also the fact that, as a trusted advisor to industry and governments, Dr. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli continues to find solutions and new approaches to the formidable challenges facing the global semiconductor and electronics industries today.

“From circuit simulation to system-level design, Alberto's work has and continues to have a profound impact on the field of EDA. The depth and breadth of his contributions to leading-edge research, as well as to the business side of our industry are truly unmatched,” said Andreas Kuehlmann, Director, Cadence Research Laboratories at Berkeley.

Dr. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has also helped Cadence become an indispensable player in the global electronics industry. And many leaders in the electronics field seconded the sentiment of the IEEE award, praising his significant contributions to innovative EDA technologies. Among these, Pat Gelsinger, Sr. VP and GM Digital Enterprise Group Intel Corporation, said “Alberto has been a partner with Intel and to me personally a comrade and friend. He’s been a foundational figure in the CAD industry, being associated with many of the key products and technologies thousands of engineers use on a daily basis. Simply put, in CAD no one stands taller than Alberto.”

Additionally, Dr. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli holds a seat on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, and the university has honored him with the Distinguished Teacher Award and the IEEE Graduate Teaching Award for inspirational teaching.

“Alberto is an extraordinary professor at Berkeley with almost legendary exploits spanning industry, start-ups and academia. We are fortunate to have him enrich the life of the faculty, students and industrial partners at Berkeley,” pronounced S. Shankar Sastry, Dean of Engineering Director, Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli will no doubt continue to contribute new insights and inspiration for years to come. Lip-Bu Tan, president and CEO of Cadence sums it up this way, “Alberto is a true Renaissance man, and we salute his achievements and his vision. As a scientist, engineer, entrepreneur and inspiring teacher, he has been instrumental in bringing the EDA industry to life. This award marks another impressive milestone in his multi-faceted career, and we look forward to many more inventive contributions from Alberto in the years to come.”


Leaders in Industry and Education Congratulate Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson, IBM Fellow and VP Strategic Alliances and CTO IBM Systems and Technology Group
"Alberto, congratulations on a richly deserved honor that recognizes your sustained and still ongoing contributions to design enablement and related fields. Your work has accelerated the development of the fabless industry as it exists today, without which we'd live in a very different and far less compelling world."

John B. Shoven, PhD, Chairman of the Board, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and the Charles R. Schwab Professor of Economics, Stanford University
“I could not be more pleased that our friend and colleague, Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, has received this magnificent recognition. Alberto is one of the seminal founders of the entire EDA field. He brings to the Cadence board strategic vision, technical expertise, and his enormous intelligence. Working with him is a joy. Congratulations, Alberto!

Aart De Geus, Chairman and CEO, Synopsys
“Congratulations, Alberto, on your recent IEEE Award! For the 30 years or so that I have known you, high energy, a desire to make an impact, and rigor in your thinking have been traits that I have always admired. It is thus not a surprise that your “fingerprints” are all over the history of our industry and in many ways the formality of recognition is long overdue! Enjoy the moment!”

George Scalise, CEO, SIA and Board Member, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
“Alberto’s contributions to EDA technology have been monumental, a major force in shaping the industry”

Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor, UC Berkeley
“The Berkeley faculty takes great pride in creating not just individual companies but, in exemplary cases, entire industry sectors. In this vein, we are particularly proud of the efforts of Prof. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli who, with his colleagues, created the Electronic Design Automation industry.”

Roger Siboni, Independent Investor and Member Board of Directors, Cadence
"It has been an honor and privilege to work with Dr. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli for the past decade at Cadence Design Systems. How befitting that our industry would bestow upon him one of its highest honors and prestigious awards, the Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award. Congratulations Alberto! "

Bob Gardner, Executive Director, EDAC
“Alberto received the EDA Consortium prestigious Phil Kaufman Award in 2001 for his contributions to circuit simulation, computer-aided design of integrated circuits, logic synthesis, and system design. Beyond his own contributions leading to this award, Alberto’s impact on the industry is amplified by his leadership, mentoring, and collaboration with many other major contributors in electronic design technology. Alberto has also participated as a key speaker and panel leader in many EDAC events, including introducing many of the Phil Kaufman Award recipients over the years. Alberto is well deserving of the IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award and we congratulate him on this honor.”

Charlie Huang, Sr. VP and Chief Strategy Officer, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
"Since he co-founded Cadence 20 years ago, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been instrumental to our technology leadership. He has provided vision and expanded the reach of Cadence core research, solutions, and customers. The IEEE/Wolfson award is designed to honor individuals for their groundbreaking contributions to and impact on the development of electronics or related fields. Alberto’s influence built a strong foundation not only for Cadence but for the entire Electronic Design Automation industry. Today's innovations in the EDA industry remain deeply rooted in his direct contributions."

Chi-Ping Hsu, Sr. VP for R&D, Implementation Group, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
"I have known Alberto since my graduate school days thirty years ago. Alberto is one of the most respected intellects in the world and throughout his career he has continued to amaze me. He is the visionary that has led the EDA industry for the past two decades to where we are today. I am very fortunate to be associated with Alberto and to have the opportunity to learn from him throughout my career."

Nimish Modi, Sr. VP for R&D, Back End Group, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
“Alberto is a founding father of the EDA industry and a walking institution! His voluminous accomplishments are awe-inspiring and his unbridled passion and energy, truly infectious. Congratulations Alberto on this richly deserved recognition!”

Craig L. Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Marketing, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
"Alberto, you are a true EDA visionary and it's great to see you receive this most prestigious honor."

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