Dr. Renu Mehra


Dr. Renu Mehra is a versatile global technical leader with experience in the latest cutting edge software technology. She is R&D Group Director for the Digital Design Group at Synopsys and heads the Design Compiler R&D Team. Earlier she had also worked as a Staff R&D Engineer for Clearwater Networks.


Dr. Mehra did her B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1991. She went on to complete her MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mehra has successfully led the highly talented global R&D team and other initiatives of Synopsys. She has led teams that have delivered several advanced technologies including RTL synthesis and optimization, clock gating, constraint management, multi-voltage designs, power management approaches, and congestion, power, and runtime optimizations. She is an expert in low power design. Her areas of interest include software optimization, graph-based algorithms and low power electronics.

Dr. Mehra's PhD work in low-power technologies helped in enabling a computational tablet featuring capabilities like speech and handwriting recognition which was before the development of today's consumer tablets. As one of the founding members of the IEEE 1801 working group that created the Unified Power Format, she had the chance to shape what is now the dominant power intent specification format for the semiconductor industry.

Dr. Mehra got selected for the prestigious Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award. This award honors her work as a pioneer in design automation for Power Management.

Achievements and Honors

  • Recipient of the prestigious Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award, 2021.