The upcoming ceremony and banquet for the 2021 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design on May 12 is a good reminder about our second honor established in 2021 under the Phil Kaufman umbrella.

The Phil Kaufman Hall of Fame honor posthumously recognizes individuals who made distinguished contributions to our industry before they were a Kaufman Award recipient. A policy set by our co-sponsor IEEE excludes deceased individuals from receiving awards.

Inaugural honorees last year reinforce the need for such an honor. Jim Hogan, executive, angel investor, and board member; and Stanford University Professor Edward J. McCluskey; were giants in our industry, and we were able to acknowledge them for their significant and noteworthy contributions to the electronic system design industry. Without exaggeration, they helped the industry grow and prosper to where it is today.

Countless other deceased members of our community architected the underpinnings of the global semiconductor and electronic products market and should be recognized as well for their efforts that were instrumental in shaping our community. The Phil Kaufman Hall of Fame for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design is intended to do just that. So, please consider nominating someone who should be considered for the honor.

Selections for entry are determined through a nomination process and nominations are reviewed by the ESD Alliance and IEEE CEDA Kaufman Award selection committees. A special Phil Kaufman Hall of Fame page on the ESD Alliance and IEEE CEDA websites host photos, citations, and tributes to the selected inductees.

The nomination period runs through Friday, May 27, and inductees will be announced in June. The link to the nomination form can be found here. Nominations submitted in 2021 are valid through 2023.

You are welcome to join us in paying tribute to Dr. Anirudh Devgan, President, and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, the recipient of the 2021 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design. We will honor him during an award ceremony and banquet Thursday, May 12, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at The GlassHouse, 2 South Market Street in San Jose, Calif.

Member tickets are $225 each and $275 per non-member. Member pricing is offered for individuals in companies that are active SEMI members or active IEEE members. Visit the ESD Alliance website for details and registration.

Bob Smith

┬áRobert (Bob) Smith is Executive Director of the ESD Alliance, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner.…

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