Hermann K Gummel
Bell Telephone Laboratories Inc.
Dr. Gummel joined Bell Labs in 1957 where he worked on the numerical simulation of bipolar transistors and co-authored with H. C. Poon the integral charge control model for bipolar transistors. In 1967, he headed a group responsible for developing computer aids for integrated circuits. Over the years, his team created programs for layout, design-rule checking, circuit extraction, logic and circuit simulation and interconnect analysis. EDAC's Award is named in honor of EDA industry pioneer Phil Kaufman, who turned innovative technologies like silicon compilation and emulation into businesses that have greatly benefited electronic designers. According to Dr. Walden (Wally) C. Rhines, president and CEO of Mentor Graphics, EDAC's vice-chair and the Phil Kaufman Award Nominating Committee chairman, "EDAC's Phil Kaufman Award honors those who have driven widespread use of new techniques in design automation. Hermann Gummel is one of those drivers. This Award honors his role as a catalyst in the development of tools for: semiconductor device analysis and modeling, layout, design-rule checking, circuit extraction, logic simulation, circuit simulation, and interconnect analysis." Richard Newton, a member of the Nominating Committee added, "Hermann Gummel has made many fundamental contributions to central areas in EDA. In addition, he has been a role model for an entire generation of design technology researchers. Many of today's researchers would be surprised by the number of tools and techniques that can be traced back to Hermann Gummel and his team."