Each year, Synopsys Week in Armenia brings together technologists, businessmen, high-ranking officials, academics and students from many countries around the world. They come together to celebrate the results of their efforts to support and develop the high-tech industry in the region. This year’s Synopsys Week in Armenia was held October 3-6 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia (RA), and featured a number of key events.
Chi-Foon Chan, president and co-CEO of Synopsys, kicked off the week with an inspirational keynote speech for an audience of bright IT students. Synopsys supports the development of the high-tech industry in Armenia by implementing consistent and sustainable education initiatives. One such initiative is the joint educational program with partner universities, which graduated its 11th class of 89 students who have been trained to be industry-ready. Dr. Chan was present to award Synopsys certificates of achievement to each graduate during the commencement ceremony that same week.
The final stage of the Annual International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia also took place during Synopsys Week. The Olympiad is an educational program Synopsys initiated to challenge and recognize talented engineers under the age of 30. While the Olympiad originated in Armenia, during the past six years it has grown in size and geographic diversity to become an international event. This year, the event attracted 418 participants from 14 countries to compete in 10 award categories. For the first time, the contest was organized in cooperation with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC), one of the world's largest professional associations dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence. In a show of support for the program, U.S. Ambassador John A. Heffern visited Synopsys Armenia to greet the Olympiad participants and wish them luck in the contest.
Illustrating the Olympiad’s international flavor, the winners of the first and second place prizes went to participants outside of Armenia. The first prize went to Tianyu Ma of China, the second prize went to Mahmoud Hamdy Ibrahim Ouda of Saudi Arabia, and the third prize was awarded jointly to Benjamin Alexander La Riviere of the United States and Vache Galstyan of Armenia.