8th Annual International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia 


The final stage of the Eighth Annual International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia took place at the Synopsys Armenia Education Department (SAED) during Synopsys Week held October 15-19 in Yerevan. This year, the number and diversity of participants grew dramatically, attracting young engineers from 22 countries, compared to 14 countries last year. The Olympiad welcomed participants from Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Vietnam and the USA. Of the 613 competitors in the Olympiad, 174 were from Armenia and 439 were from abroad.

Olympiad topics for 2013 included Digital IC Design and Test, Analog and Mixed-Signal IC Design and Test, Semiconductor Devices and Technology, and Mathematic and Algorithmic Issues of Electronic Design Automation (EDA).

The competition was conducted in two stages. The first stage, held in 22 countries throughout the year through local committees, involved a written test establishing a baseline understanding of electronic design concepts and techniques. The second stage involved a challenging contest consisting of advanced engineering tasks requiring complex solutions. Of 613 participants in the first stage, 44 were qualified to progress to the second stage held on October 15 in Yerevan at Synopsys’ Armenia Education Department (SAED).

This is the second year the event has been held in cooperation with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC).


Tigran SargsyanTigran Sargsyan
Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia

Such initiatives should always be encouraged as they allow recognizing and appreciating the best, whose skills and knowledge can greatly contribute to the development of IT sphere that holds a strategic importance for Armenia’s economy.
Despite the challenges we face today, it should be noted with confidence that our achievements in the IT sphere have already made Armenia competitive with the world’s leading and more experienced countries. Today we do our best, so that IT specialists do not go abroad, stay in Armenia and have an opportunity to invest their potential in serving the development of our country.
Once again I would like to warmly welcome the Annual Olympiad organizers and participants and wish them success and new achievements. MORE

Rich GoldmanRich Goldman
President of the Olympiad Organizing Committee

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 2013 in October in Yerevan. MORE

Ralph YirikianRalph Yirikian
General Manager of VivaCell-MTS, the General Sponsor of the Olympiad

As a responsible corporate citizen, VivaCell-MTS believes that business should support the long-term development of the society, by contributing to the spheres of the economy which have potential for the country's economic development, and ultimately, support the human development. It's not a secret that the development of applied science has no alternative in Armenia, a country with scarce and non-renewable natural resources. MORE

Vazgen MelikyanVazgen Melikyan
President of the Program Committee of the Olympiad, Director of Synopsys Armenia Education Department, Head of SEUA “Microelectronic Circuits and Systems” Interfaculty Chair, Honorable Scientist of Armenia, Sci.D., Professor

For the past seven years, the Olympiad has clearly served its stated purpose. This is evident not only by the steady growth of the number of participants and the participating countries but also by the significant increase in the professional qualities of the contestants. I believe that as a result of the continuous development of those trends, the Olympiad will grow from international to worldwide, and participation role as well as importance will increase more in the coming years. MORE

Yervant ZorianYervant Zorian
President of IEEE TTTC, Chief Architect at Synopsys, Inc.

Increasing interest in microelectronics among young specialists around the world is an excellent goal that this unique Olympiad strives for. Even though, a competition is a great way to attract young people and help recognize talented engineers, but the main goal of this Olympiad is not the actual competition, but rather the creation of a community of young successful engineers worldwide. Having a successful Olympiad in Armenia has been achieved several years ago, however sharing it widely with the rest of the world is still in progress. MORE

Category I

Meng Shiguang
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)

Category II

Felipe Goncalves
Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Faculty of Electrical Engineering (UFCG/DEE)

Category III

Vache Galstyan
State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA)
Nikola Ivanišević
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences

Best Engineering Solution

Anatoli Mordakhay
Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Engineering

Most Creative Solution

Sebastian Carbonetto
University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Engineering

Best Out-of-the-Box Solution

Mahmoud Ouda
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)

Best Female Participant

Nelly Khachatryan
State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA)

Youngest Participant

Andranik Hayrapetyan
State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA)

Best Result from Gyumri
Armen Shahvaladyan
SEUA Gyumri branch

Best participant from each country:
  • Best Result from Argentina – Sebastian Carbonetto
  • Belarus - Artsem Zharyn
  • Brazil - Felipe Goncalves
  • Chile - Diego Avila
  • China - Shiguang Meng
  • Egypt - Ashraf AbdelFattah
  • Georgia - Tornike Tchikadze
  • Germany - Tilmann Becker
  • India - Mittal Abhishek
  • Israel - Anatoli Mordakhay
  • Jordan - Mahmoud Musbah Ahmad Abdelfattah
  • Philippines - Mycel Capilayan
  • Russia - Ivan Anisimov
  • Saudi Arabia - Mahmoud Ouda
  • Serbia - Nikola Ivanišević
  • Ukraine - Mykhailo Skorobohatyi
  • USA - Nakul Krishnan