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

R&D Group Director for Synopsys’ Digital Design Group Honored as a Pioneer in Design Automation for Power Management

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Renu Mehra, R&D group director for the Digital Design Group at Synopsys, was selected as the 2021 recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award, a prestigious annual honor that recognizes individuals who have significantly helped advance women in electronic design. The award is named for the late Marie R. Pistilli, co-founder of DAC, who placed a high value on equality, diversity and acceptance.

Mehra, who heads the Synopsys Design Compiler® R&D team, is an organizational leader and innovator, responsible for many advanced technologies including RTL synthesis and optimization, clock gating, multi-voltage design and power management, as well as congestion, PPA and runtime optimizations. She is a pioneer in design automation for power management and provided one of the early visions for automated solutions in this area. As one of the founding members 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 earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. She has several U.S. patents and has published in various international conferences. She was Program Chair and General Chair for the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED) in 2015 and 2016, respectively; she served on Technical Program Committees of several conferences including ISLPED, DAC and ICCAD; and is on the Executive Committee for DAC 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’m very honored and humbled 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 enjoy sharing this passion with other women and team members because it gives me an 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 formally presented at the upcoming hybrid Design Automation Conference, December 5 – 10, 2021 at Moscone West Center in San Francisco, California. 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 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 Pistilli, who worked tirelessly 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 2022, please visit

Advance registration for hybrid DAC is now open; view the program. Complimentary I LOVE DAC passes are available through October 29, 2021. For more information or to register visit:

About DAC

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide 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 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 approximately 175 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer’s Council on Electronic Design Automation (IEEE CEDA).

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


Michelle Clancy: or call 1-303-530-4334