by Rex Godinez Ortega
Philippine microelectronics competition champion and fifth year MSU-IIT electronics engineering student Robert Tac-an Nericua flies to the First Republic of Armenia on Saturday to compete in tomorrow’s 11th International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia.
Nericua will take on at the October 18 Olympiad the world’s best engineering students who come from around 29 other countries.
“I am excited to meet all the other participants,” he said.
Nericua promises to do his best at the competition, but takes care to note the he “will probably have fun there, too!”
The annual microelectronics olympiad of Armenia is a global contest that highlights the world’s brightest engineering students under the age of 30 who are active in the field of microelectronics.
The Armenian Olympiad will be the Aloran, Misamis Occidental native’s first trip abroad.
Thus, Nericua also looks forward to seeing the Olympiad’s host country, as plenty of side activities are being prepared for the participants like sightseeing tours, city tours, and tree plantings.
The First Republic of Armenia is a former Soviet republic located in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia.
Nericua qualifies to compete in Armenia after he beat 95 other contestants from top schools in the country like UP Diliman at the Philippine-wide competition administered by the Philippine Institute for Integrated Circuits (PIIC) held in August.
Some of the competitors he defeated in that competition were Master’s and PhD students.
Among the goals of the Olympiad are to increase interest in microelectronics, inspire and recognize young and talented engineers, and create a community of young specialists involved in microelectronics.
The general organizer of the Olympiad is Synopsys, a world leader in the electronic design automation industry.