Data Acquisition System Designer Wins Mentor PCB Scholarship

3/13/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced the winner of its 2003 PCB Technology Leadership Awards University scholarship. Co-sponsored by HP, the scholarship is designed to promote innovation and excellence in education for printed circuit board (PCB) designers at colleges and universities. Jonathan Andrews of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering was selected as the winner in the University & Training Institutes category for his data acquisition system design prototype entry, and will receive an academic scholarship totaling $2,000 US.

"Although the competition was really an afterthought as I worked on this project, I learned a lot and was constantly amazed, as I worked more with the tools, how I could simplify tasks I had previously struggled with," said Andrews. "I also learned that board layout is not a trivial task, and that Mentor's Board Station suite has all of the tools necessary to tackle challenging board designs."

The PCB Technology Leadership Awards is the longest running competition of its kind for PCB designers in the EDA industry and is open to any designs created with Mentor Graphics® PCB solutions. The University & Training Institutes category is open to any full-time undergraduate or graduate student (or team of students) at a college or university participating in the Mentor Graphics Worldwide Higher Education Program.

Contest entries were judged by a panel of industry experts and were evaluated based on the design description, challenges met, innovative tool use, appearance and design complexity. For his winning entry, Andrews utilized Mentor's industry-leading Board Station® and Design Architect® PCB tools.

"We would like to congratulate all of the contestants on their entries in the University & Training Institutes category and we would like to thank HP for their continued support of Mentor's Higher Education Program," said Shanthi Pattison, manager, Higher Education Program, Mentor Graphics. "PCB design is playing a key role in engineering programs at the college level and we are pleased to be able to reward excellence in this area."

"HP is enthusiastic about partnering with Mentor Graphics to jointly sponsor this scholarship award," said Norm Reini, global business manager, HP Workstation Global Business Unit. "This partnership demonstrates HP's long-time commitment to education and innovation. It's exciting to see the results of contests like Mentor's PCB Technology Leadership Awards program that foster creativity and innovation while developing highly skilled and trained engineers. We congratulate Jonathan Andrews for his outstanding accomplishment."

Through its Higher Education Program, Mentor Graphics offers a way for more than 550 colleges and universities worldwide to acquire commercial electronic design automation (EDA) software for classroom instruction and academic research. This helps ensure that engineering graduates are proficient with state-of-the-art tools and techniques. For more information on the Mentor Graphics Higher Education Program and the 2003 PCB Technology Leadership Awards Scholarship visit

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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 3,500 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. World Wide Web site:

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