Synopsys Outreach Foundation

About Us: Who we are

The Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Outreach Foundation supports students and teachers engaged in project-based learning at schools in Silicon Valley and across California, and encourages participation in science fairs.

Founded in July 1999, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation offers a program of teacher support and training, support to schools for materials and equipment, and incentives for teachers and students developing science projects.

The Foundation annually supports over 140,000 students and teachers engaged in project-based learning at public and private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) schools in California, and select schools affiliated with regional offices of Synopsys, Inc.

The Synopsys Outreach Foundation serves as the major sponsor of the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship, the regional fair for students in Santa Clara County, California, the Synopsys Sonoma County (CA.) Science Fair, The Synopsys Sacramento (CA.) Regional Science & Engineering Fair, sciencepalooza!, a science fair for students in the East Side Union High School District of San Jose, and numerous elementary and middle school science fairs.

Additional Foundation programs and competitions include science-o-rama!, The Advanced Science Research Facility, The Advanced Science Research Class, SuperSchool teacher training seminars, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation n + 1 Prize, Science Fair 101 for Parents and donations of science project poster boards and data collecting devices to eligible schools across California.

Please check our Calendar of Activities and this web site periodically for the latest information.

Officers and Board of Directors


Foundation Officers
 • Gary Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer
 • Erin Brennock, Chair of the Board, Sr. Manager, Corporate Affairs - Synopsys
 • Anna Garcia, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Sr. Financial Analyst - Synopsys
 • Erika Varga McEnroe, Secretary, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary - Synopsys

Board of Directors
 • Rich Goldman, VP, Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances - Synopsys and CEO of Synopsys Armenia
 • Erin Brennock, Sr. Manager, Corporate Affairs - Synopsys
 • Dana Ditmore, President - Oak Valley Consulting, Inc.
 • Tom Ferry, Senior Director of Marketing, Silicon Engineering Group - Synopsys
 • Zahra Karami, Application Consultant, Implementation Solutions - Synopsys
 • Michael Keating, Synopsys Fellow (Ret.)
 • Murlin Marks, Underwriters Laboratories (Ret.)
 • Roy Okuda, Professor of Chemistry - San Jose State University
 • Venkata Ravella, Sr. Manager, IT - Synopsys
 • Larke Reeber, Engineer - Apple
 • Lynn Shannon, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
 • Jaci Spross, Executive Assistant, Silicon Engineering Group - Synopsys
 • Carol Evans, Chemistry teacher - Oak Grove High School (Ret.)

Tax Exempt Status

In a letter dated January 5, 2001, The Internal Revenue Service determined that the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science & Technology Outreach Foundation is "exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c)(3)." The IRS further determined that the Foundation is "a private operating Foundation within the meaning of section 509 (a) of the Code."