SAN FRANCISCSO—University of Rochester students Bin Ma and Dustin Moore were named winners Tuesday (Aug. 23) of the 2011 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition, sponsored by EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc.
Ma, a Ph.D. candidate, was recognized for his work on aspheric lens design using CODE V in his paper titled, "Design of Lithographic Lenses with Slope Constrained Q-Polynomials," Synopsys (Mountain View, Calif.) said. Applications of Ma's project include ultra-precise projector lenses used to make ICs, Synopsys said.
Moore, also a Ph.D. student at the University of Rochester, was recognized for his work on a panoramic imaging system using CODE V in his paper titled, "A High Resolution Four-Pi Steradian Panoramic Video System," Synopsys said. The goal of Moore's design is to improve the quality of systems providing 360-degree, interactive video, according to the firm.
The Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition was created in 2000 by Optical Research Associates (ORA), now the Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys. The competition is named in honor of ORA's former president and CEO, Robert S. Hilbert. The annual competition is open to students in North America working toward a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D. degree who utilize the ORA's CODE V or LightTools software to perform optical design and engineering research. Awards are granted to students who have submitted papers that demonstrate optical design excellence.
@agk. I think your thoughts are related to a specific country's education system. There is a lot of word out there with excellent oppurtunities to work practically.
I do agree that, although the simulation tools are designed to assist engineers, they are helpful for the students in a intutive way.
I have seen that even experienced design engineer (Leave alone the students) have made blunders in several systems reliying on simulation tools without an ability to logically validate the results using the basics/fundamentals/ theory.
Student's time is precious in gaining these fundamentals.
See the students who have won this competition are doing their PHD. By that time their fundamentals would have been strong.
And the Synposys has become a tool like wrench or cutting player in the hands of an expert electrician.
Which is more valuble electrician's knowledge or wrench ? :)
Students often demonstrate their talents in many ways. Their thinking power is great and if properly guided they will bring in innovative designs and products.Especially using CAD tools doing simulations, designing a product based on simulation outputs, coding for the design. But when it comes to real time product proto making their hands are tied due to many reasons like sourcing of required materials, fabrication, lack of expereince in manufacturing process and funds availability. that is why there needs lot of association between educational institutions and major industries.
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