Industry Partner Cadence Design Systems provides Scholarships and Technology to CECS Majors
Beginning in 1999 the Computer Engineering & Computer Science Department and Cadence Design
Systems Inc. started a "flagship" collaboration that would include specially designed
curriculum and internships providing our students with knowledge of the complex integrated
circuit design using industry technology. This collaboration was launched in 2000 and has
grown to include the Electrical Engineering Department and continues to provide ten annual
scholarships for CECS and EE students.
The main features of this collaboration include:
- The CSULB Center for Electronic Design Automation (EDA), also known as the Cadence lab.
This lab consists of sixteen cubicles with workstations, phones and a key card entrance
giving the students a real world work atmosphere although it is housed in the Vivian
Engineering Center here on campus.
The interns work on Cadence projects with Cadence managers. They also research Cadence
tool usage and develop lab manuals to help CSULB faculty develop modern curriculum for
Each year of the program Cadence has funded ten $4,200 scholarships for students in the
Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering degree programs.
- Modern curriculum
In addition to redesigning several of our courses to include Cadence tool usage, we have
developed four new courses including IC design, and System on Chip Design. These courses
can be seen at http://crete.cadence.com, the Cadence public repository for curriculum.
Without the donation of the expensive equipment needed to run this software none of these
accomplishments would have been possible.