A: In college, I initially leaned toward the biological side of science. In my freshman year, I took a Fortran 77 programming class, my first coding class, which I enjoyed immensely. After learning about the field from some peers, I ended up taking an introduction to electrical engineering class and, eventually, pursued a degree in electrical engineering at the American University of Beirut. After graduation, I came to the U.S. to build further on my education, earning a master’s in computer engineering at Syracuse University in New York.
I began my career at the IBM Watson Research Center in New York, my first entry into the semiconductor world. My journey led me to Synopsys more than 24 years ago, where I started off working on chip design services and methodology consulting on the EDA side of the business. The IP side of the house, where I’ve now spent most of my time at Synopsys, is a dynamic environment with constant growth in the spread of our products, our customer base, product complexity, and also in the markets we serve. We’ve been able to scale effectively, efficiently, and with quality.