Rich GoldmanPresident of the Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad Organizing Committee
In its seventh year, the Annual International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia continues its impressive momentum. Three years ago, the Olympiad took its first tentative steps toward internationalization, with the participation of students from Russia and Ukraine. Last year, the Olympiad attracted nearly 350 contestants from 12 countries. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of our excellent partner, VivaCell-MTS the opportunity to travel to Yerevan to participate in the Olympiads is proving to be a very attractive proposition around the world, and is creating an event in this field that is unprecedented throughout the world. This year’s recognition from IEEE, the world’s most respected professional engineering society signifies the high global regard with which the Olympiad is held. It also benefits Armenia, as the Olympiad is providing an impetus to showcase Armenia’s developing role as a regional center for microelectronics, and is serving as a strong basis for developing beneficial relationships for Armenia around the world. I am certain that the relationships built through the Olympiads will reward the organizers’ efforts for Armenia in unprecedented and unforeseen ways. We look forward to hosting and competing with the brightest young electrical engineers from counties around the world, during Synopsys Week 2012 in October in Yerevan.