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Aart J. de Geus

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Aart de Geus is a pioneer in the field of electronic design automation (EDA). His contributions have revolutionized the way digital design is done today.

In the mid-1980s, Dr. de Geus led a team that developed the SOCRATES program, which incorporated timing optimization into a synthesis solution. The R&D at the research center was the genesis for the first broad commercial application of synthesis to modern integrated circuit (IC) design. Synthesis is an essential competitive technology that has changed the way in which IC design is approached.

In 1986 Dr. de Geus founded Synopsys Inc., a global leader in semiconductor design software, intellectual property (IP), design for manufacturing (DFM) solutions and professional services. Currently, he serves as chairman and CEO for Synopsys. In the 20 years since the company was founded, Dr. de Geus has helped Synopsys grow from a start-up, to a software company with annual sales in excess of $1 billion.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. de Geus has authored more than 25 papers on logic synthesis, simulation, timing, and interconnect delay. He holds a masters of science in electrical engineering from Swiss Federal Polytechnical Institute, Switzerland and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, TX. Dr. de Geus was named CEO of the year in 2002 by Electronic Business magazine, 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year in IT for California by Ernst & Young and one of the 10 Most Influential Executives of 2005 by Electronic Business magazine.