On the occasion of International Women’s Day (2018), I would like to share this update. As a representative of IEEE Bangalore Section and IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter, it was a pleasant experience to visit the campus of GSSS Institute of Technology for Women located in Mysuru. They have a vibrant students’ chapter of IEEE and also a good representation of Women In Engineering society on their campus. My purpose of visiting their campus was to conduct a tutorial on the topic of “VLSI Design Practices – an Industrial Perspective.” I was received by Dr M.K. Shivakumar, Principal, Dr Parameshachari, the Head of the Departments of Telecom and Dr Satyanarayana, Head of the Department of Electronics & Communication. After a brief inauguration ceremony, I had the opportunity to address the third-year undergraduate students of Telecom and E&C. There were around 200 students, one of the largest gatherings that I have attempted to teach! Several faculty members from the two departments were also present.
Since I had prior information about the large number of participants, I had decided to try a different approach than a straight-line narrative. I had a quiz lined up for students, starting with questions such as how many devices can be expected in a modern-day SoC, what the term “Integrated Circuit” meant, and who was the inventor of the IC. There was, of course, a discussion after each question. The quiz slowly progressed towards what SoC “platforms” were all about, what IP and IP integration meant, and the modern-day VLSI design flow. Finally, I spoke about industry’s expectations and the roles that semiconductor industry has to offer for graduating students.
I have written earlier about the benefits of becoming an IEEE member. This event proves my point yet again. Having a student chapter of the IEEE gave the college and edge in conducting a tutorial such as this. Being a member of IEEE gave me the opportunity to present such a tutorial.