Cadence Empowers Future Engineers Through Computational Software Donation to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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Executives from Cadence Design Systems, Inc. visited Cal Poly's campus on Nov. 9 to meet with Cal Poly officials, who expressed their gratitude for the sizeable computational software donation. The group, shown at Engineering Plaza, included, from left, Daniel Marrujo, Zack Smith, Michael Jackson, Charlie Schadewitz, Jeffrey Armstrong, Dale Dolan, James Chew, Jojo Chang, Charles Chadwell, Amy Fleischer, Chris Lupo and David Junkin.

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

Cal Poly announced an agreement with Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS) that enables students, faculty and staff access to a vast array of computational software products. The agreement is intended to empower students to explore the development of advanced electronics, utilizing new design methods, allowing them to enter professional life with hands-on experience using widely utilized software.

As a Cadence University Program member, Cal Poly will now have access to Cadence software licenses. A sizeable computational software donation such as this enables the university’s Learn by Doing model, which puts Cadence’s advanced software products directly in the hands of students and faculty. These advanced software solutions allow Cal Poly to prepare future electronics professionals, providing practical training that can benefit the career paths of Cal Poly students and the entire Cal State University system.

Cadence software facilitates the development of chips, boards, and complete systems for the most innovative technology areas, including hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, mobile, health care, and aerospace and defense. In addition, Cadence is the only EDA company accredited by the Department of Defense as a Trusted Supplier, which is an advantage for students who choose to pursue careers in the public sector.

“This donation provides a great opportunity to offer our students, faculty and staff access to advanced technology from Cadence,” said Amy S. Fleischer, dean of the College of Engineering. “The world-class Cadence computational software significantly enhances our Learn by Doing approach, allowing our students to work with the actual software they would use in their professional lives.”

Executives from Cadence visited Cal Poly’s campus on Nov. 9 to meet with Cal Poly officials including President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Fleischer, who expressed their gratitude for the donation.

“Cal Poly has demonstrated academic excellence and is known well beyond California as an outstanding technical and research institution,” said Michael Jackson, corporate VP – Research and Development in the Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence. “It is critical that the university’s next generation of engineers and faculty have access to advanced computational software solutions to ensure innovation continues to accelerate. Our views align with Cal Poly’s, and we believe strongly in the university’s Learn by Doing approach that will benefit future generations.”

About Cadence

Cadence is a pivotal leader in electronic systems design, building upon more than 30 years of computational software expertise. The company applies its underlying Intelligent System Design strategy to deliver software, hardware and IP that turn design concepts into reality. Cadence customers are the world’s most innovative companies, delivering extraordinary electronic products from chips to boards to complete systems for the most dynamic market applications, including hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, mobile, aerospace, consumer, industrial and health care. For eight years in a row, Fortune magazine has named Cadence one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn more at