by Allenn dela Cerna Lowaton, COE&T
Robert Tac-an Nericua, a 5th year Electronics Engineering student bested 95 participants from all over the country in the Philippine Microelectronics Olympiad on August 26, 2016.
The competition which was done through an online exam was held simultaneously at the different microelectronics laboratories of the participating schools and universities all over the country including UP-Dilliman. Participants of the competition were students from Electronics Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Computer Engineering; and even graduate students taking Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) – Microelectronics track. MSU-IIT participants took the exam at the Microelectronics Lab (MicroLab) at the College of Engineering.
The participants were required to solve problems related to Microelectronics: Digital Integrated Circuits Design and Test; Analog and Mixed Signal Integrated Signal Integrated Circuits Design and Test; Semiconductor Devices and Technology; and Mathematical and Algorithmic Issues of Electronic Design Automation (EDA). The said exam was given and facilitated by the Philippine Institute for Integrated Circuits (PIIC).
Nericua will represent Philippines and join with the other participants from at least 29 countries and territories including Argentina, Armenia, Artsakh, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Switzerland, UAE, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, and Vietnam for this year’s final leg in Armenia in Europe.
The International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia is a global contest that highlights the world’s brightest engineering students under the age of 30 and who are active in the field of microelectronics. This competition is sponsored by Synopsys, a world leader in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry.
This is the second time that an MSU-IIT student will represent the country in the said international competition. Prof. Mycel Capilayan, an MSEE-Microelectronics student then, now a faculty member of Electronics Engineering, represented the country in 2013.