IEEE American Intl’ University Bangladesh (AIUB) Student Branch hosted a seminar on “Effective Teaching Methods for VLSI Circuit Design Courses” organized by IEEE Bangladesh Section Educational Activity Committee and Young Professional Bangladesh Affinity Group on 16th January 2017 at the Faculty of Engineering Building, American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB). The seminar was conducted by esteemed speaker Dr. Mahfuzul Aziz, Professor, School of Engineering, University of South Australia. It mainly focused on the benefits, prospects and the requirements of a potential career in VLSI Circuit Design along with some teaching methods for VLSI Circuit Design courses.
Prof. Dr. A.B.M. Siddique Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB & Advisor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch commenced the event with his welcoming speech where he gave a brief idea about the history of VLSI design and talked about the improvement of transistor industries from first commercially available microprocessor by Intel (Intel 4004 Chip) to Intel’s 14 nm processor (Skylake) launched in August 2015. Then the floor was given to the speaker, Prof. Dr. Mahfuzul Aziz, who started the session by discussing the about changes that have been made over the years in the integration industries. He talked about the teaching methods in Australia by referring to one of his paper published in IEEE Trans. on education. He also emphasized on the importance of Project-based Learning (PBL) in engineering education, elaborating on the main four courses of PBL- which is known as the SPINE of PBL. Following that, he gave a brief idea on evaluating students based on their projects. At the end, he showed the participants some of his projects and answered questions that were asked by the audience. Finally, Prof. Dr. Md. Abdur Rahman Advisor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch & Director, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB delivered a speech in which he spoke about the benefits of project-based learning and with that the event was concluded.