AIWA-SF Thrive: Sedrak Sargisian

THRIVE is an AIWA-SF April project dedicated to highlighting Armenians who are doing amazing things in their personal and professional lives to better themselves and those around them. These individuals are inspiring, dynamic, innovative and interesting. Today, we feature Sedrak Sargisian.


Name: Sedrak Sargisian, R&D Director Calibre and R&D Executive MG Armenia Mentor, a Siemens Business

Sedrak Sargisian is a director of development engineering at Mentor, a Siemens Business.

He specifically manages the software development of DFM (Design For Manufacturability) applications of Calibre – Mentor’s leading tool for physical verification of complex ICs.

Prior to Mentor, Sedrak was a vice president of engineering, and a co-founder of Ponte Solutions, a DFM software company. He joined Mentor, when Ponte Solutions was acquired by Mentor Graphics.

Sedrak has also held engineering management positions at Monterey Design Systems, Compass Design Automation, and Intel Corporation. In all situations he has successfully formed and managed software development teams that delivered products for the semiconductor ecosystem.

Throughout his career, Sedrak has helped to establish, train, and led software development teams based in Armenia. Through his work, these teams established processes for modern, quality metric driven, large scale industrial software development lifecycles. Many of the teams Sedrak established later got acquired by larger corporations, and were then scaled to employ hundreds of engineers in Armenia.

In his current role, Sedrak actively promotes and leads the collaboration between the Mentor and Academic institutions in Armenia, including withAUA (American University of Armenia), IIAP (Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia) and most recently RAU (Russian-Armenian University).

Outside of work, Sedrak has passion for music and charitable organizations. He is currently the Chairman of the board of IGEFA (The Irene Gyulnazarian Educational Fund for Armenia), a nonprofit organization dedicated to support academic and cultural institutions and to help to improve the quality of education in Armenia. Last year, Sedrak gave several charity concerts in Armenia, performing his own compositions for piano.

Sedrak holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Yerevan State University.

Question: What is your life philosophy?

Be kind, creative and generate positive energy.

Question: What is your hope for the future?

I don’t rely on the hope for  better future, but rather doing my best for it today. I do have a vision for the better future, particularly in Armenia. I see it as  one of the best countries in the world with significant contributions to the world as well.  

Question: What is your favorite thing about being Armenian?

Tremendous survival skills, rich & complicated history, culture, hospitality and beautiful country.

Question: How has the Armenian culture shaped you? 

Many things had an influence: family, friends, schools, travel. I was shaped not only by Armenian culture, but Russian, European, American literature, art and music.


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