SF State News {University Communications}

Image: Photos of SF State students and scenes from around campus

New engineering research laboratory created

Nov. 18, 2010 -- Synopsys, Inc., awarded the School of Engineering a special grant to integrate state-of-the art industry-standard electronic design automation tools into the curriculum and the graduate research program. The Charles Babbage Grant establishes the Nanoelectronics and Computing Research Laboratory (NeCRL) on campus.

A photo of Rich Goldman presenting the Charles Babbage Grant to Hamid Mahmoodi

At an opening ceremony on campus on Nov. 5, 2010, Rich Goldman, vice president of Corporate Marketing & Strategic Alliances at Synopsys (left) presented the Charles Babbage Grant to Hamid Mahmoodi, associate professor of engineering.

“Students will be working with the very tools currently used by industry, making them well prepared for the job market,” said Hamid Mahmoodi, director of the new laboratory and assistant professor of engineering.

Synopsys began supporting the School of Engineering in 2008, providing a two-year license to their software tools.  The new funding outfits NeCRL with 11 work stations and one server, which hosts the complex applications necessary to run the tools, and an extension on the software licensing agreement. 

“Industry relevant research requires use of these tools.  We’re very fortunate to have this relationship,” Mahmoodi said. 

Synopsys is a world leader in electronic design automation. The Charles Babbage Grant, named for British mathematician and inventor of mechanical computing machines that anticipated modern computers, provides select universities with state-of-the art training, support and technology.

-- Nan Broadbent


Share this story:



SF State Home