MENTOR GRAPHICS SPONSORS CHAIR AT LUMS

KANWAL SALEEM
Aug 13 - 19, 2007

 

LAHORE: In order to create a three-year Mentor Graphics Chair for Embedded Systems Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) has signed an agreement with the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

AT LUMS, DR SHAHID MASUD, WILL BE THE FOCAL POINT IN EMBEDDED SYSTEMS.

Mentor Graphics will also help LUMS design and improve the curriculum for computer sciences degree programs. Mentor Graphics Corporation would like offering US $36,000 per year for three years (i.e. total grant of US$ 108,000 over a three years period) to LUMS to create the Mentor Graphics Chair of Embedded Systems. Apart from this, doctoral scholarship to a PhD candidate conducting research in embedded systems design and engineering will be extended.

"Working closely with industry colleagues to ensure that our programs are tuned to the most current business needs is a key aspect of LUMS philosophy," said Dr Zahoor Hassan, vice-chancellor of LUMS. "This agreement with Mentor Graphics will not only help develop state-of-the-art projects at LUMS in this important domain, but it also will lead to the promotion of industry-driven research in Pakistan. We are grateful to Mentor

Graphics for their support and are confident that this agreement will form the basis for a mutually beneficial long-term relationship between the two organizations."

"As an EDA industry leader, Mentor Graphics is committed to having a global impact. The sponsorship of Dr. Shahid Masud will greatly benefit the electronics and embedded technology industry and the Computer Science department at LUMS specifically," said Gregory K Hinckley, president of Mentor Graphics. "Mentor Graphics believes that the success of the industry is dependent upon highly skilled engineers, and three-year Mentor Graphics Chair of Embedded Systems proves our commitment to global academic research."

Syed Hassan Gilani, Managing Director of Mentor Graphics Pakistan, while talking to PAGE said he is quite emotional and happy of this achievement which certainly will have a very positive impact on local academic community. 'It is always appreciated that like other multinational companies .

Mentor Graphics has also showed its faith on Pakistani talent and decided to come forward with this idea and this will definitely help in bolstering healthy and close relationship within local academia, he maintained. These sorts of grants will surely result in exploring more ways and means for research on those projects relatively new to Pakistan, he said.

ABOUT THE LAHORE UNIVERSITY OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is a national university, established in 1985 by sponsors belonging to the country's leading private and public sector corporations. LUMS currently has the following focus areas where active research is being carried out:

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Vision, Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia Systems, Networks and Communications, Software Engineering, Theoretical Computer Science, Computer Science Education.

ABOUT DR. SHAHID MASUD, MENTOR GRAPHICS CHAIR OF EMBEDDED SYSTEMS

Dr. Shahid Masud received his M.Eng.Sc. degree in Electronics from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Queens University, Belfast, UK. He was a Senior Design Engineer at Amphion Semiconductor Ltd., UK, before joining LUMS in October 2002. He has several years of research and development experience in the design of VLSI systems for image and video coding and computer interfacing. He has published over thirty refereed papers internationally and holds three patents in VLSI design. He is a member of IEEE, IEE and a Chartered Engineer.

ABOUT MENTOR GRAPHICS

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award winning support for the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million and employs approximately 4,200 people