Dr. Thomas W. Williams, EE PhD 71, has been selected to receive the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement Award. The prestigious award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions during their lifetime to electronic design, automation, and testing of electronic systems, greatly impacting the way electronic systems are designed. The award will be presented to Williams at the plenary session of the 2007 DATE (Design, Automation, and Test in Europe) Conference, to be held April 16-20 in Nice, France.
Williams, a member of the ECE Industrial Advisory Board and the ECE Hall of Fame, is a Fellow at Synopsys, Inc. and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Prior to joining Synopsys in 1998, Williams was manager of the VLSI Design for Testability group at the IBM Microelectronics Division in Boulder. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University, a master's in pure mathematics from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University.