On March 27 – April 2, Synopsys Armenia participated in the Sixth Moscow-Bavarian Joint Advanced Student School (MB-JASS 2012) in Herrsching (Bavaria). Headed by Rich Goldman, Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Synopsys, Inc. and CEO of Synopsys Armenia, the delegation included Sc.D. Professor Vazgen Melikyan, Honorable Scientist of the Republic of Armenia and Director of Synopsys Armenia Educational Department (SAED), Head of the SEUA “Microelectronic Circuits & Systems” interfaculty Chair, Gayane Markosyan, Synopsys Armenia Public Relations Manager, and two students from the joint educational program with State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA) and Yerevan State University (YSU).
Organized by the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the National Research University of Electronic Technology (MIET), the annual event gathers prominent professors and students from leading universities specializing in Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Simulation, and Telecommunications. To support the program and to give students an opportunity to share the results of their scientific work with their peers, Synopsys Armenia participates in MB-JASS every year since 2008.
“Our annual participation at MB-JASS has become a tradition, serving as a unique model of USA-Armenia-Russia-Germany partnership. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to exchange knowledge and present their achievements helping to increase visibility to their Universities and Armenia as a competitive country in Microelectronics”, said Rich Goldman, Vice president of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances at Synopsys Inc., CEO of Synopsys Armenia, Honorable Doctor of SEUA and Honorary Professor of MIET.
This is the fourth time, Prof. Melikyan, the Co-chair of the “Automation and Methods for Nanoscale IC Design” course at MB-JASS and SAED best students contribute and exchange knowledge at this annual advanced school. “The purpose of our participation is mostly educational, because in order to prepare industry-ready highly qualified specialists in the field of very large scale integration (VLSI) design there is need to train them through using EDA tools and solutions from Synopsys. At the same time, this is an opportunity for students to learn about the cutting edge news in technology and business first-hand from C-Level executives,” said Prof. Melikyan.
The school was launched by a warm welcome from Prof. Ernst W. Mayr, the Co-Director of MB-JASS, followed by brief welcome speeches from Sergei Umnyashkin, Vice Rector at MIET and Dr. Keidel, Vice President of TUM. As always, the Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Synopsys, Inc. and CEO of Synopsys Armenia, Honorable Professor of MIET Rich Goldman was a keynote speaker at the event. His presentation “Tech and Space: CoDependent Enablers” highlighted the role of electronics in the greatest achievements of mankind, such as space exploration, and how those achievements have paved the way for further developments in the electronic technology.
The program included speeches by Synopsys Armenia delegation on “Simulation of Nanoscale Digital ICs with consideration of Destabilizing Factors”, “Design Methods of Nanoscale Memories” and “Design Methods of Nanoscale Sigma Delta Modulators”, as well as two tutorials on “Nanoscale Low Power Standard Cell Libraries Design” and “Physical Verification Runsets Development”, providing the audience with hands-on knowledge and skills on IC design flow. Synopsys Armenia presentations and tutorials took place at TUM, where Synopsys tools were available for live demonstrations.
The next MB JASS is tentatively scheduled in Armenia in September 2013. “Traditionally the school was taking place in Russia, this is the first time that we are meeting in Germany, and we hope the next school will be in Armenia. In that sense, the school has become truly international not only because it gathers participants from different countries, but also because it is happening in different countries,” said Vice Rector at MIET Sergei Umnyashkin. “The idea to have the next MB-JASS in Armenia is great,” said Prof. Ernst Mayr. “I actually have been to Armenia once. I liked the country very much, the people are wonderful, the countryside is amazing, and with the Armenian culture going back thousands of years, there are so many places one can visit.”
“As a company which is heavily investing in microelectronics education, Synopsys constantly encourages and supports such schools, as unique venues for students and professors from such leading universities as TUM and MIET, to exchange knowledge and gain new skills as they live and work together over a week,” said Rich Goldman.
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