Vote for the Engineer of the Year: Page 2 of 3

Choose from the five finalists and cast your vote for the 2017 DesignCon Engineer of the Year.




Istvan Novak
Senior Principal Engineer, Oracle
Istvan Novak is a Senior Principle Engineer at Oracle. Besides signal integrity design of high-speed serial and parallel buses, he is engaged in the design and characterization of power-distribution networks and packages for mid-range servers. He creates simulation models, and develops measurement techniques for power distribution. Istvan has twenty plus years of experience with high-speed digital, RF, and analog circuit and system design. He is a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to signal-integrity and RF measurement and simulation methodologies.

Istvan was one of the founding fathers of a good portion of the power integrity measurements and analysis techniques and his papers are often referenced in discussions on how to conduct power integrity measurements or analysis. Through cross-industry panel discussions, as well as his work with suppliers, competitors, and academia, he has managed to influence and drive change in a manner that benefits the entire industry.

Istvan has been presenting and teaching engineers at DesignCon for many years. He is considered an industry expert on power integrity and his papers continue to get reviewed and referenced year after year. He is easily approachable, happy to help young engineers. This year, Istvan will be participating in the panel discussion, “ Why Do We Love and Hate DC-DC Converters? ” and presenting in two sessions, “ A Generic Test Tool for Power Distribution Networks ” and “ Overview and Comparison of Power Converter Stability Metrics .” He is also an active member of the DesignCon Technical Program Committee, sharing his expertise by participating in the review of content for many tracks.


Krishnaswamy Ramkumar
Senior Technical Staff Member, Cypress Semiconductor
Krishnaswamy Ramkumar has extensive experience in semiconductor process technology including front-end process development, process integration, process transfer to manufacturing, as well as interaction with foundries for process development and transfer. A veteran technical engineer and inventor at Cypress Semiconductor with more than 20 years of experience at the company, Krishnaswamy is fondly regarded by his coworkers as helpful, creative and diligent. He serves as the semiconductor process representative on the patent committee at Cypress and recently made the impressive achievement of receiving his 110th patent. Not only was Krishnaswamy a part of the team that developed the revolutionary tungsten gate process ("W-Gate") patent in the early 2000s which helped Cypress beat out the leading SRAM competitor at that time, he regularly patents his inventions that can be licensed to other companies, protecting Cypress’ IP and generating revenue for the company.

What sets Krishnaswamy apart is his relentless dedication to pushing technology forward. He proactively identifies new ways to innovate and opportunities to propel Cypress ahead of competitors. As an example, when Cypress wanted to look for new ways to reduce silicon wafer costs, Krishnaswamy worked with his team to develop an innovative way to implement wafers used by solar companies, successfully discovering a low-cost solution for the company. He regularly mentors junior members of the Cypress team by helping them along the design process and pushing them to get their own inventions patented. His dedication

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