I resigned from Cadence and left Bangalore on August 6th. I was scheduled to fly to Brussels around September, and I decided to take some time off and spend time lazing around (something which I never got to do in the last three years). I also had to apply for visa etc.
Anyway, I was pinged on Facebook by a junior, Diyanko from my alum asking me to come down to Science Club (something which I was a part of during my college days, and also played a major role in getting it started). Now, I really did not want to come down there, and just chat and go.
I decided to give them a presentation on analog circuit design, and talk to them about some of the fundamentals that an analog design engineer requires every day. Given that students from first year to fourth year would be coming, and that students from non-electrical background will also be present, it was a challenge coming up with a presentation that could cover so many aspects.
It really took me some time to make the presentation, far more than I had imagined. I just could not talk about circuits, as that would have made it extremely boring for the younger folks in the audience as well as people from a non-electrical background. I had to pepper my presentation with examples from real life.
But cutting back to the chase, the presentation went really well. The best part that I like about students in Jadavpur University is that students are extremely talented, and they have this drive within themselves that want to do something. I met one final year student of ETCE, Supratik, who was interested in quantum computing and was looking for opportunities in Europe to do a MS on the same. This is refreshingly different. But what really pained me was that the analog courses in Jadavpur University had absolutely no emphasis on simulating the circuits and seeing it for themselves. A simulator gives you an excellent idea about whether your concepts are correct or not. And using one, can really help understand the concepts. You get an insight to the second and third order effects that one hasn’t considered.
Although I could not cover all the material I had put in my presentation due to a shortage of time, I think I did a cover a fair amount of material.
Here is a link to the presentation: