Curtis Widdoes, Jr.

Hertz Fellow: Curtis Widdoes, Jr.

Stanford University

Area of Study

Computer Science

Fellowship Years

1973 - 1978

Curt Widdoes, Hertz Fellow 1973, is widely recognized as a pioneer of the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry. Curt’s career began at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as technical director of the S-1 Project. There, he co-developed the original Structured Computer-Aided Logic Design (SCALD) software and used it to design advanced computers. In 1984 Curt and another Hertz Fellow, Thomas McWilliams, received the IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award for developing the SCALD methodology. In 1981, Curt co-founded Valid Logic Systems based on the SCALD technology (IPO 1983). In 1987, he founded Logic Modeling Systems, which developed advanced hardware-modeling technology (acquired by Synopsys). In 1996, he co-founded 0-In Design Automation, which pioneered assertion-based verification for design of integrated circuits (acquired by Mentor Graphics). Curt holds a BS in engineering and applied science from California Institute of Technology and a PhD in computer science from Stanford University.


1982 - Automatic Physical Design of Large Wire-Wrap Digital Systems