In a new book, MIT’s Ethan Zuckerman asserts that we need to overcome the Internet’s sorting tendencies and create tools to make ourselves ‘digital cosmopolitans.’
Cadence Design Systems, Inc., of San Jose, Calif., last week announced a significant software grant to MIT.
The announcement of the award was made at a celebration marking the opening of Cadence's newly expanded Software Engineering Research and Development Facility in Chelmsford. The award ceremony was attended by top company officials, including Joseph B. Costello, president and chief executive officer, MIT administrators and faculty members, and officials from local and state governments.
The grant to MIT includes the complete suite of Cadence's electronic design automation (EDA) software and services that accelerate and advance the process of designing electronic systems, which will primarily be used by students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
"We at Cadence feel that this major event pays tribute to the cooperative efforts of business and academic institutions in honoring their commitments to higher education, local economic affairs and the continued technological growth and competitiveness of our nation," Mr. Costello said. "Cadence understands the obligation of business to invest in our nation's present and future engineering talents and appreciates the opportunity to demonstrate its dedication to technology leadership with this award."
MIT President Charles M. Vest, in a statement, noted that, as a result of the grant, MIT engineering graduates "will have access to Cadence's electronic design automation technology, which will facilitate the engineering innovation that has made our nation a leader in the high-technology arena."
He added: "We are grateful for this generous expression of confidence in our faculty and students, and we commend Cadence for this tangible demonstration of support for the university-industry linkage that has served this nation so well for half a century. This kind of support from industry will help all of America's research universities to retain and enhance excellence in a time of fiscal constraint and societal uncertainty."
Cadence describes itself as one of the 10 largest software companies in the world, developing and marketing design automation software and complementary services that enable customers to improve the quality and time-to-market performance of innovative products. The company employs over 2,400 people in more than 60 research and development, sales and support locations worldwide.
A version of this article appeared in the April 7, 1993 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 28).