Synopsys Week in Armenia 2012: An International Celebration of Innovation and Technology

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.

Chi-Foon Chan, president and co-CEO of Synopsys and award winner, Mahmoud Hamdy Ibrahim Ouda from Saudi Arabia.

Chi-Foon Chan, president and co-CEO of Synopsys and award winner, Mahmoud Hamdy Ibrahim Ouda from Saudi Arabia.

Another highlight of Synopsys Week is the ceremony for the “Annual Educational Awards of the RA President to the Best IT Students” which took place at the Presidential House in Yerevan. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan distributed awards to the winners. Winners of the Presidential IT awards, the Best IT Manager award, and the Seventh Annual International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia then enjoyed a spectacular reception and gala at one of the most renowned concert halls in Yerevan. Synopsys Week in Armenia coincided with DigiTec 2012, at which Synopsys also had a presence. The three-day exhibition gathered 130 Armenian and foreign companies to showcase their latest innovative products, systems and software. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan visited the opening ceremony at DigiTec and stopped by the Synopsys booth. The silicon wafer on display in the booth now carries the fingerprints of President Sargsyan.

The weeklong celebration concluded with Synopsys’ annual tree planting event, organized by the Armenia Tree Project staff. More than 550 Synopsys Armenia employees and family members, including Dr. Chan, were honored to dig holes and plant trees alongside U.S. Ambassador Heffern and his wife. The volunteers planted nearly 1,000 trees in one day on the grounds of the Synopsys Armenia Education Department and State Engineering University of Armenia.

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