On Sunday, December 5, 2010, the IEEE Standards Association held their annual Awards Ceremony. The event was again most enjoyable with good friends, esteemed colleagues, good food, musical entertainment, beautiful flower arrangements, and the ever-popular duet of Judy Gorman (IEEE-SA managing director) and Mary Lynne Nielsen (director of the IEEE-SA's Corporate Program). At the heart of the occasion was, of course, the awards.
I'd like to highlight two of the IEEE-SA awards as they pertain directly to the technical standards work I've been involved in--design automation. The first is the Ron Waxman Design Automation Standards Committee Meritorious Service Award. It was presented to Dr. Hal Carter, professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati. Hal was a founding member of the DASC (along with Ron Waxman) and has contributed broadly to the advancement of electronic design. The gentleman in the photo below are (from left to right) Ron Waxman, Chuck Adams (president of the IEEE-SA), Hal Carter, and Ted Olsen (chair of the IEEE-SA Awards Committee).
The second award is the IEEE-SA Corporate Award, which is given to companies that provide outstanding leadership and contributions to IEEE standards. The big grin is on my face below (that's Rich Goldman on the left, Yatin Trivedi on the right) because Synopsys received the award! For many years, our employees – past and present – have worked hard to further IEEE standards, and the award belongs to a whole team of people.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the IEEE-SA Corporate Award was also presented to Underwriters Laboratories (you see their logo everywhere) for their commitment to safety standards that affect everyone's daily lives.
Congratulations to all of this year's IEEE-SA award recipients and those who helped make them successful!
Karen Bartleson is senior director of community marketing at Synopsys, Inc. and author of The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards. Her blog for Synopsys is called The Standards Game.