Mentor Graphics Announces 2001-2002 Student Design Contest Winners

8/29/2002 - Mentor Graphics announced the winners of its 2001 – 2002 Higher Education Program Student Design Contest. A top award of U.S. $5,000 was presented to the most innovative and complete design project among four technology categories including, printed circuit board design (PCB), IC/analog mixed-signal design, hardware description language (HDL) design and system-on-chip (SoC) design. Winners for individual technology categories were also recognized and receive U.S. $2,000 in prize money. Co-sponsored by Sun Microsystems, Inc., the contest is designed to promote innovation and excellence in education for engineering students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

The grand prize winner of this year’s contest was Ayman Hassan Abd El Aziz of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, for his project titled, Design and Implementation of an IF Gm-C filter for Bluetooth. Ayman also won the award for the IC/analog mixed-signal design category with this project. Other contest winners included:

PCB/SoC Design:
Kyriakos Papadomanolakis, Athanasios P. Kakarountas, Vassilis Spiliotopoulos, Vassilis Kokkinos, and Eythimakis Karaolis of the University of Patras, Patras, Greece, for their project, CoSafe, Low-Power Hardware-Software Co-Design for Safety-Critical Applications
HDL Design:
Ryan Henderson of the Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon, for his project, CMOS Digital Camera Controller and Frame Capture Device

"We are very excited that an engineering student from Ain Shams University has won the student design contest for a second time. This contest and our participation in Mentor's Higher Education Program allows our students to apply the valuable experience they gain in the field of electronic design to real projects using the latest design tools," said Professor Mohamed A. H. Sheirah, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Ain-Shams University. "Our Faculty of Engineering greatly appreciates the continuous support of Mentor Graphics, not only in the design tools they provide, but for recognizing the work of our students and engineering programs through this contest."

"Sun Microsystems was proud to co-sponsor the Mentor Graphics Student Design Contest," said Joerg Schwarz, group manager, Global Education and Research, Sun Microsystems. "We have always fostered a close relationship with researchers in non-profits, national labs and academia. Partnering with Mentor to conduct this contest which promotes innovation and excellence in education for designers at colleges and universities is again demonstrating our commitment to academia. We congratulate the winners of this year competition."

The Higher Education Student Design Contest is open to any full-time undergraduate or graduate student attending a college or university participating in Mentor Graphics Worldwide Higher Education Programs. Entrants were judged for the most complete and innovative design project created by a student or team of students enrolled in VLSI classes during the 2001-2002 school year. Final projects were evaluated and the winners determined by a panel of technology experts from Mentor Graphics.

"We were impressed with the number and quality of applicants for this year’s Student Design Contest," said Shanthi Pattison, manager, Higher Education Program, Mentor Graphics. "Our colleges and universities are breeding grounds for innovation in the area of electronic design and we are pleased to be working with Sun Microsystems to foster and encourage continued innovation in this area."

About the Higher Education Program
Through its Higher Education Program, Mentor Graphics offers more than 550 colleges and universities worldwide a way to acquire commercial EDA software for classroom instruction and academic research, to help ensure that engineering graduates are proficient with state-of-the-art tools and techniques.

About Mentor Graphics (
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $600 million and employs approximately 3,700 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314.

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