1981 marked the beginning of EDA as an industry. Within a few years there were many companies specializing in EDA, each with a slightly different emphasis. As the industry has matured over the decades, it has revolutionized how electronic devices interact with the world.
The EDA industry is booming with new technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence, but there is still little change when it comes to women opting for a career in EDA. The cutting-edge innovations in the EDA industry are driving billion-dollar investments and increasing competition around the world. Big tech companies agree on where we’re heading – dominated by smart machines. But where are the women in this space?
Why EDA Has Not Always Been a Charm for Women
Access to Education The EDA industry requires an expertise in the field of electronics, which historically has not been easily accessible by the women in some areas across the globe.
Lack of Awareness Being a niche industry, EDA as whole lacks awareness. Major EDA players need to take the initiative to bring awareness to the industry.
Few Role Models Like most STEM fields, the EDA industry is predominantly male. For young female engineers, there are few women to look to for mentorship.
How EDA Can Welcome More Women in
Recognition EDA organizations have introduced awards to acknowledge accomplishments by women in EDA, for example the Marie Pistilli Award announced every year at DAC. Awards alone may not motivate women to pursue a career in EDA, but these awards do bring needed recognition to the importance of women in EDA.
Opportunities My firm, Agnisys, has always encouraged my fellow female colleagues to represent our team by presenting upcoming EDA technologies and advancements. Here are few examples:
Presentation: Implementation-Level Sequence Generator for Perspec™ at CDNLive 2019 Presenter: Neena Chandawale, Agnisys Application Engineer
This level of visibility not only provides the presenters with well-deserved recognition opportunities, it also raises the level of visibility of women in EDA in general. With continued and increased leadership in this area on the part of major EDA companies, together we can encourage more young women to pursue careers in EDA.