Olympiad Winners

Computer Engineering students Govind Vijayakumaran and Tanuj Damani won the first and third places, respectively, at the first phase of the International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia competition that took place at the UAE level in October 2011. The event aims to discover young talents in the field of electronics, and to increase awareness of current issues in microelectronics among young professionals. The Olympiad also works towards better assessment of the level of knowledge in the field of microelectronics among university students in order to introduce necessary adjustments to college level programs. It has now entered its sixth year, with Synopsys, an internationally renowned firm in the electronics design automation industry, serving as the key organizer and sponsor. The event is organized under patronage of the Prime Minister of Armenia.


The Olympiad is held in two stages, with the first stage consisting of a set of thirty questions spanning topics such as electric circuit analysis, computer programming, and transistor design. Competitors receiving the highest scores are shortlisted to the second stage, where they are given a set of more complex problems. The regional phase of this year's International Microelectronics Olympiad took place at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), with students from all universities and colleges in the UAE having been invited to participate. As the UAE regional winner, Vijayakumaran was presented with a trophy and all expenses paid trip to Armenia to participate in the second phase.