University Receives Largest Ever Software Package

Left to right: Provost Scott McNall; Thaddeus Salter, university
relations, Cadence; President Manuel Esteban; alum Michael
Privett, Intel; Vahid Vafaei, applications engineer, Cadence;
Dean Kenneth Derucher, ECT; Vice President Paul Moore; Jerry Hight,
director of Business Development, ECT; Chair Louis Harrold,
Electrical and Computer Engineering. (photo KM)
CSU, Chico's College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology has received a number of million-dollar computer gifts over the past two years, but none has been bigger than the software package given to the college by Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

On Nov. 9, the Silicon Valley high-tech firm formally presented university officials with a suite of software design tools for fifty UNIX and seventy-five NT computer work stations. Thaddeus Salter, manager of university relations for Cadence, put the value of one full suite of tools per workstation or design seat at $4.8 million, with the total value of the software gift to CSU, Chico at $251.9 million. The software will be installed in computer labs in CSU, Chico's O'Connell Technology Center.

The Cadence software, the leading design simulation software in the industry, is used by IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and other technology leaders in designing and analyzing circuits and components.

CSU, Chico is only one of a handful of top universities that have the Cadence software. Other universities include MIT, UC, Berkeley, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, University of Maryland, and USC.

Having the Cadence software gives engineering students a special opportunity to learn circuit building, said Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair Louis Harrold. "Young engineers must know simulation, and now our students will have the Cadillac of computer-aided design tools," said Harrold. "Cadence software will transform our curriculum and create new partnerships with other technology firms."

The software package and the maintenance agreement that accompanies it is the result of almost three years of hard work on the part of Louis Harrold and some of his top students. Three years ago, Harrold began working with Cadence, doing his own homework and finding independent-study students who also researched the software and documented CSU, Chico's capacity to use it. The results were presented to Cadence in a lengthy report. Harrold was responsible for negotiating the maintenance agreement that makes it possible for the College of ECT to receive the gift.

Roughly $10 million in other software gifts have been recently received by the college. Other gifts include more than $4 million worth of software from Parametric Technology Corporation; Platinum Technology software valued at $1.2 million, for object-oriented modeling and design; and two gifts of animation and computer-aided graphics software worth $500,000 from Newtek and Silicon Grail, respectively.

"Having this state-of-the-art software not only gives our students tremendous leverage in the job market, it forces them to become quick learners and creative thinkers," said ECT Dean Kenneth Derucher. "Thanks to Cadence and other technology firms, we can offer students computer labs equipped with software second to none."


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