ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) sponsors several awards to recognize the persons with significant contributions to the design automation community. The SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award honors a person for lifetime, outstanding contributions within the scope of electronic design automation, as evidenced by ideas pioneered in publications, industrial products, or other relevant contributions. The ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation honors a person or persons for an outstanding technical contribution within the scope of electronic design automation, as evidenced by a paper published at least ten years before the presentation of the award.
SIGDA offers two awards for outstanding graduate students and new faculty. The ACM Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation is given each year to a graduating Ph.D. student in recognition of his/her thesis contributions to advancement in the EDA field. The SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award is also given each year to a junior faculty whose research contributions are likely to make a significant impact.
SIGDA also administers or provides support for undergraduate and graduate fellowships or scholarships sponsored by the Design Automation Conference. The P.O. Pistilli Undergraduate Scholarship and A. Richard Newton Young Student Fellowship are two such examples.
In recognition of their efforts and contributions to creating or supporting SIGDA sponsored programs, SIGDA gives annually several service awards to our volunteers who tirelessly dedicate their time to running publication, professional development, or awards programs sponsored by ACM/SIGDA.