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AUA Extends Collaboration With Siemens for Advanced Research and Academic Enhancement

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YEREVAN, Armenia — The American University of Armenia (AUA) announced it has extended its longtime collaboration with Siemens Digital Industries Software, focused on initiatives such as joint research for advanced integrated circuit design and a range of other activities intended to benefit both organizations. With this collaboration now extended for an additional six years, AUA students can work with Siemens’ employees to develop the skills, leadership traits, and systems-level thinking required for future success in the global software and semiconductor design space. For Siemens, this extended relationship provides access to top university researchers, who help the company develop and test groundbreaking new technologies for the global EDA and IC design industries.

“Although collaboration between universities and industries is common, it seldom lets us take full advantage of each other’s diversity and support each other’s sustainable development,” said Dr. Karin Markides, president of AUA. “This collaboration agreement is constructed to enhance and develop these untapped opportunities.”

AUA’s collaboration with Siemens began in 2012, when AUA initiated a collaborative relationship with electronic design automation (EDA) leader Mentor Graphics, which is now part of Siemens. Over the years, AUA and Siemens established a strong track record of successful collaboration on research and development initiatives, jointly published technical papers and other mutually beneficial activities.

“Siemens is pleased to extend its successful, long-term collaboration with the outstanding faculty, students, and leadership of AUA,” said Sedrak Sargisian, director of research and development for Calibre Design Solutions at Siemens. “As the EDA space continues to incorporate compelling new technologies such as AI/ML, cloud-based IC design and other advancements, it is critical that Siemens maintains strong relationships and collaboration with the future leaders of the IC design industry. Our longtime collaboration with the bright young minds of the AUA has been valuable to Siemens and we look forward to building on this success in the years ahead.”

Sargisian co-founded Ponte Solutions Inc., a pioneering EDA company purchased by Mentor Graphics in 2008. The former Ponte Solutions organization is now part of Siemens in Armenia.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values

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