Cadence Empowers Future Engineers by Donating Computer Software to Cal Poly – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo News | Ad On Picture

New partnership gives students, faculty and staff access to the most advanced electronic design software for education and research

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly announced an agreement with Cadence Design Systems Inc., a leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software, to provide students, faculty and employees with access to a variety of its computer software products.

The agreement aims to enable students to explore the development of advanced electronics and apply new design methods to give them a career start with hands-on experience with widely used software.

“This donation represents a great opportunity to provide our students, faculty and staff with access to advanced Cadence technology,” said Amy S. Fleischer, Dean of the College of Engineering. “Cadence’s world-class computer software greatly enhances our learn-by-doing approach by allowing our students to work with the actual software they would use in their professional lives.”

Computer software includes industries such as semiconductors, systems, weather forecasting, medical, scientific software, and financial and business analysis; it combines complex algorithms and sophisticated numerical analysis for heuristics and pattern recognition processes.

Cal Poly joins the Cadence University Program, which consists of over 260 universities and departments in the United States, Brazil and Canada. As a member, Cal Poly has access to the San Jose, California-based company’s software licenses.

The substantial donation of computer software enables the university’s learn-by-doing model by putting Cadence’s advanced software products directly into the hands of students and faculty. The software solutions enable Cal Poly to prepare future electronics professionals and provide hands-on training that can benefit student career paths and the entire Cal State University system. Cal Poly is one of 11 CSU and nine University of California campuses in the company’s university program.

Cadence software facilitates the development of chips, boards, and complete systems for the most innovative technology areas, including hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, wireless, healthcare, and aerospace and defense. Additionally, Cadence is the only EDA company to be accredited by the Department of Defense as a trusted supplier, which is a benefit for students pursuing a career in the public sector.

Cadence leaders met with Cal Poly officials on campus on November 9th.

Michael Jackson, corporate vice president of research and development for Cadence’s Custom IC & PCB Group, said the university, which is “known far beyond California as an outstanding engineering and research institution,” has demonstrated academic excellence.

“It is vital that the next generation of university engineers and faculty have access to advanced computer-aided software solutions to ensure innovation continues to accelerate,” he said. “Our views are aligned with those of Cal Poly, and we strongly believe that the university’s learn-by-doing approach will benefit future generations.”

About Cadence
Cadence (Nasdaq: CDNS) is a leader in electronic systems design, building on more than 30 years of computer software experience. The company applies its underlying Intelligent System Design strategy to deliver software, hardware and intellectual property or intellectual property that translates design concepts into reality. Cadence customers are the world’s most innovative companies, delivering exceptional electronic products from chips to boards to complete systems for the most dynamic market applications including hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, cellular, aerospace, consumer, industrial and healthcare. Fortune magazine has named Cadence one of its top 100 places to work for eight consecutive years. Learn more at

About Cal Poly
Cal Poly is a state public university in San Luis Obispo, California known for its learn-by-doing philosophy. Each year, approximately 22,000 world-class students come to Cal Poly to put their knowledge into action and leverage their learning outside of the classroom while preparing for careers in fields such as engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on approach, small class sizes, and close student and faculty supervision mean that graduates are ready from day one to impact their communities, California, and the world. Visit:

Photo Information: Executives from Cadence Design Systems Inc. visited the Cal Poly campus on November 9 to meet with university officials who expressed their gratitude for the sizeable donation of computer software. The group at Engineering Plaza included, from left, Daniel Marrujo; Zack Smith, Cal Poly’s vice president of development and alumni engagement; Michael Jackson; Charlie Schadewitz; Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong; Dale Dolan; James Chew; Jojo Chang; Charles Chadwell; Amy Fleischer, dean of the College of Engineering; Chris Lupo; and David Junkin.
Photo by Dennis Steers, courtesy of Cal Poly

Contact: Charlotte Tallman

November 17, 2022

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