Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- March 28, 2001
CSULB Receives $2 Million From Cadence to
Prepare Students for High-Tech Workforce
Cadence Design Systems, Inc., the world's leading supplier of electronic
design products and services, and the College of Engineering at California
State University, Long Beach, have established a partnership to develop
a "flagship" model including a specially designed curriculum
and internship program that will offer students a hands-on, practical
knowledge of the complex process of integrated circuit (IC) design.
Top officials from Cadence and Cal State Long Beach took part in a special
ceremony on Tuesday, March 27, in the Vivian Engineering Center to officially
announce the three-year, renewable agreement. The event featured presentations
by Cadence CEO Ray Bingham, CSULB President Robert C. Maxson and Sandra
Cynar, professor and chair of the CSULB Computer Engineering and Computer
It also included a tour of the newly established CSULB Center for Electronic
Design Automation, which was made possible through Cadence's donation
of cash and equipment. In all, the firm is expected to invest more than
$2 million over the project's first three years, in addition to a substantial
gift of valuable software to support the instructional and research
functions of the Cadence Laboratory and the College of Engineering.
Cadence expects to invest an additional $4.2 million to propagate this
program to other California State University campuses and institutions.
"We are pleased that Cadence Design Systems has chosen Cal State
Long Beach as its pilot campus for this project," said CSULB President
Maxson. "Their selection is recognition of the quality of our computer
engineering and computer science department, which we understand was
the first in the nation to be accredited in both areas."
Cadence's primary objective for the long-term partnership with CSULB
is to raise the general level of EDA tool usage in academia, leading
to future design engineers who are more EDA-literate, which enhances
the health of the EDA industry. By developing students' skills around
Cadence products, the company can potentially reduce new-hire training
costs for itself and its customers, and it will improve early productivity
when graduates are employed.
"This partnership is a great opportunity to help develop the knowledge
supply chain that high-technology companies like Cadence desire in this
increasingly competitive, knowledge-based global marketplace,"
noted Cadence CEO Bingham. "It is in our best interest not only
as a corporation, but also as a nation, to see the high-tech, professional
workforce of the future."
According to Cadence officials, Cal State Long Beach was chosen as the
initial site for the partnership because it has one of the largest and
most successful computer engineering and computer science (CECS) programs
in the state. Overall, the CSULB College of Engineering has more than
3,000 students, 45 percent of whom are computer engineering or computer
science majors. In addition, CECS graduates from CSULB boast a 100 percent
employment rate within 90 days of graduation.
Aside from already-donated cash, software and equipment, Cadence has
made a commitment to provide 10 full-fee student scholarships, six initial
internships (a number that is expected to grow), a CSULB resident project
manager to oversee internship projects full time, ongoing technical
support and learning materials to assist with curriculum development,
and subject matter experts for project support and curriculum development.
In addition, Quickturn-a Cadence company-is donating two Rapid Prototyping
Systems to the curriculum laboratories to provide advanced tools in
the area of verification engineering, one of the most critical elements
of the electronic design cycle. These tools allow engineers to simulate
their hardware design and verify that it works, which saves significant
expense and time during the design process. Teaching students to use
these tools is just one example of how Cadence and CSULB are providing
students with practical experience that would otherwise take them years
to acquire in the workplace.
Ed Evans, professor of computer engineering and computer science, and
Ken James, professor of electrical engineering, are already developing
a curriculum for courses that will teach the IC design flow process
using the Cadence comprehensive suite of design tools.
"It's fantastic that our students have full access to the most
modern and impressive design tools of their type," said Michael
Mahoney, dean of the College of Engineering. "Working under the
supervision of outstanding faculty across three disciplines and with
support from Cadence engineers, our students will get the practical
work experience that will make them employable at a higher level than
if they graduated with only a degree."
It is very difficult and time consuming for faculty to develop new course
projects that reflect changes in technology in such rapidly changing
disciplines. However, student interns will be given actual work projects
under the supervision of Cadence design engineers, and since the students
can also get internship academic credit, they can help to improve the
curriculum by doing projects useful to the faculty.
"This is clearly a win-win situation for Cadence, Cal State Long
Beach and the high-tech industry," said Terry Yee, Cadence's project
director at CSULB. "Cadence and the rest of the high-tech industry
will be able to hire engineers who already have experience using state-of-the-art
design tools. At the same time, the university will be able to attract
students to the campus because of its ability to teach them how to use
Seattle-based WRQ, Inc., a host access and enterprise integration software
company, donated 350 licenses of Reflection X, its PC/UNIX integration
product. Reflection X enables the university's Windows NT users to connect
to the UNIX-based Cadence applications. WRQ also committed unlimited
technical support to the project.
"WRQ is deeply committed to bringing new technologies to the future
employees of the high technology marketplace," said Randy Robinson,
vice president, Reflection Business Unit, WRQ, Inc. "We are confident
that Reflection is an excellent match for the other solutions involved
in this innovative project. It is our privilege to make WRQ Reflection
X software available to the students of Cal State Long Beach, to be
used in conjunction with the Cadence Design Systems electronic design