Global MASTERS® International Delegates Collaborate, Innovate and Inspire

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Perhaps the same can be said for raising a scientist, mathematician or engineer.

It’s that same collaborative spirit that drives Broadcom Foundation’s flagship science and engineering competition, Broadcom MASTERS® International.

As the Foundation prepares to welcome another MASTERS International delegation to Pittsburgh this week, the program continues its tradition of bringing together students who have shown exceptional promise in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) at their home countries’ science fair competitions.

Mana Masui, 14, discovered that plasmodium of Myxomycetes (which can subdivide and fuse with another) recognizes "self" and "non-self" when touching the extracellular slime of another plasmodium. Mana Masui, 14, of Japan, discovered that plasmodium of Myxomycetes (which can subdivide and fuse with another) recognizes “self” and “non-self” when touching the extracellular slime of another plasmodium. […]

By | May 11th, 2015|

Broadcom Volunteers in Israel Initiate STEM Learning Program

Israel, like many other countries around the globe, is challenged to inspire young people to stick with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. With more than 600 Broadcom employees there, 90 percent of them engineers, Israel is striving to be part of Israel’s STEM solution.

A few years ago, Israel’s Ministry of Education tapped Broadcom Israel’s commitment and brain power to help bring project-based learning to middle school students.

Broadcom volunteer, Daniel Bengaev coaches fifth and sixth-grade students on their science fair project - a high-tech walking stick for the elderly that they named the “Multitastick” that includes a phone with location-tracking, a light and a radio but also can function as an umbrella. Broadcom volunteer Daniel Bengaev coaches fifth- and sixth-grade Israeli students on their science fair project.

Now, some 50 Broadcom engineers have answered the call to […]

By | May 8th, 2015|

Broadcom’s Rajiv Ramaswami: “As an Engineer, You Can Change the World.”

Middle school is a “make or break” time for students to stick with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Sometimes it takes a glimpse of the future to make sure they stick with it into high school – and their careers.

That’s just what Rajiv Ramaswami, executive vice president and general manager of the Infrastructure and Networking Group at Broadcom, hoped to bring to a group of 100 middle-schoolers last month at a STEM-focused coding workshop in the Bay Area.

Broadcom's Rajiv Ramaswami, EVP and GM of the Infrastructure and Networking Group Broadcom’s Rajiv Ramaswami, EVP and GM of the Infrastructure and Networking Group

“Engineers have built the things around you – the Internet, computers, cell phones – and you can too,” Ramaswami said. “Think big.”

Rajiv addressed the crowd as part of a new program called Broadcom […]

By | May 7th, 2015|

Paula Golden in The Huffington Post: Online Avatars May Be Part of Our Developmental DNA

Paula Golden in red T-shirtEditor’s NoteBroadcom leaders often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in The Huffington Post, in which Paula Golden, President and Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, talks about how online avatars can enhance students’ curiosity and sense of discovery. 

From The Huffington Post:

Joseph Campbell, the American scholar best known for his work in comparative mythology, The Hero With a Thousand Faces wrote, “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

Mythology has been the expressive medium for human […]

By | April 24th, 2015|

Broadcom Community Heroes: Debajani Majhi Fosters Children in India with Sayaha International

Editor’s Note: Broadcom Community Heroes  recognizes civic engagement and volunteerism by Broadcom employees around the globe, who may nominate themselves or their colleagues for recognition under guidelines set forth by Broadcom Foundation. The Community Engagement Committee honors these employees with a $500 gift in their honor from a list of qualifying charities. In this series on the blog, we’ll profile each Community Hero to share stories about their interests and work benefiting their communities around the world.

Sahaya International is a non-profit organization that is committed to making a difference by improving the quality of life in India. Through Sahaya International’s sponsorship program, Debajani “DJ” Majhi, a senior engineer in IC design at Broadcom’s San Bernardo office, is the proud mother of seven foster children between the ages of 4- and 17-years old. DJ’s determination to stay involved in her foster children’s lives by providing basic needs […]

By | April 17th, 2015|

MASTERS Alumni Showcase STEM Talent at White House Science Fair

It’s no secret that improving the nation’s rankings in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects has been at the forefront of education reform over the past few years.

President Obama has shown his support for the innovative projects, designs and experiments from students all across the country by inviting them to showcase their work at the White House Science Fair.

Nathan Han at the White House Science Fair. Nathan Han at the White House Science Fair.

Today, the Fair marks its fifth year running and offered up an inspiring focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.

Hosted by President Obama, the event featured the science fair entries students from a broad range of STEM competitions, including cameos from three past participants in the Broadcom MASTERS competition.

“As a society, we […]

By | March 23rd, 2015|

Maryam Rofougaran Among 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology

Maryam Rofougaran, Senior Vice President of Engineering, has been named on the National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology.  The prestigious list highlights the most prominent female executives, influencers and achievers each year, and Maryam is ranked among women from Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Apple, Salesforce, Netflix, Comcast, General Electric, IBM, Texas Instruments and more.

Maryam Rofougaran Maryam Rofougaran

Maryam’s groundbreaking work touches every part of Broadcom’s $8 billion business.  Her team of more than 300 engineers worldwide develops and ships approximately 2 billion wireless radio chips each year for wireless applications that require combo chip technologies, including Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, femtocell and millimeter wave technology.

Maryam has 214 issued U.S. patents and 32 pending U.S. patent applications, has co-authored 38 journal and conference papers, and is a senior member of the IEEE circuits and systems group. She […]

By | March 19th, 2015|

Math for Everybody: Celebrating Pi Day

It’s a holiday that’s set to unite “mathletes” all over the world — at least for a few fractions of a second.

This week marks a very special “Pi Day” — no, we’re not talking about the Raspberry Pi microcomputer that’s been much covered on this blog — but a day dedicated to the celebration of one of mathematics’ most beloved numbers.

March 14, of course, is the calendar equivalent of Pi’s rounded value of 3.14. But this year, there’s something extra special about it that only comes around every century or so.

For the first time since 1915, Pi Day will include all of the first five digits of Pi: 3/14/15. And twice on that day, there will be blips of time in the morning and in the evening that will exactly […]

By | March 12th, 2015|

Broadcom Bangalore’s Project LOTUS Delivers Meals to Schools

With some 66 million primary school-age children around the world who regularly attend classes hungry, every meal counts.

That statistic — as staggering as it looks on paper– is just one of the reasons why volunteers from Broadcom’s Project LOTUS community group recently joined efforts with Stop Hunger Now in India.

Project Lotus, Stop Hunger Now Broadcom’s Project LOTUS volunteers package meals for schoolchildren in India.

Broadcom employees packed more than 45,000 meals at the formal launch of Stop Hunger Now in India last week and Broadcom Bangalore’s Project LOTUS team personally distributed more than 2,000 meals at four LOTUS-sponsored schools.

“Project LOTUS began as a grassroots initiative by Broadcom employees because we wanted to improve education for underprivileged children studying in Bangalore’s public schools,” said Rajiv Kapur, senior director of business development, sales, at Broadcom. “Nothing is […]

By | March 11th, 2015|

One Million Meals: Foundation Sponsors Stop Hunger Now Facility in Bangalore

For the past three years, Broadcom Foundation has teamed with Stop Hunger Now to host meal-packaging events where Broadcom employees live and work.

Now, Broadcom is sponsoring a new permanent home for the nonprofit in Bangalore, India, a strategic location for ending malnutrition on a global basis.  The Bangalore facility will be the first center in India and will work closely with schools to provide the nutrition that children need to learn.

SHT, Paula Golden, Bangalore, India Photo credit: Stop Hunger Now

To celebrate the opening of the new facility, Broadcom and SanDisk have partnered to host the first meal packaging event at the Broadcom Bangalore office. This week, more than 150 employee volunteers packaged more than 45,000 meals that will be distributed throughout India in schools, medical clinics and orphanages.

“Because our employees volunteer at local […]

By | March 4th, 2015|

Broadcom Community Hero: Roland Vossen Uses Skills to Fix Broken Devices

Editor’s Note: Broadcom Community Heroes  recognizes civic engagement and volunteerism by Broadcom employees around the globe, who may nominate themselves or their colleagues for recognition under guidelines set forth by Broadcom Foundation. The Community Engagement Committee honors these employees with a $500 gift in their honor from a list of qualifying charities. In this series on the blog, we’ll profile each Community Hero to share stories about their interests and work benefiting their communities around the world.

Roland Vossen, Engineer, Principal – Software Development, Bunnik, Netherlands, uses his engineering acumen and generosity of spirit to volunteer every month at Repair Café Nieuwegein where he fixes broken devices owned by people who do not have the resources to replace their mechanical or computerized items. By applying his knowledge, time and materials, he helps people in need and preserves the environment by reducing needless waste.

What inspired you to get involved?

By | March 2nd, 2015|

Paula Golden in Smart Business: “Direct Corporate Philanthropy to What Your Company Knows Best — Your Product.”

Editor’s NoteBroadcom leaders often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in Smart Business, in which Paula Golden, President and Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, talks about how corporations can use their strengths for targeted giving in their communities and beyond. 

From Smart Business:

Corporate social responsibility is a buzzword we hear a lot about these days.Many executives in the C-suite are aware that stakeholders on Main Street and Wall Street are scrutinizing what they do for the local or global community more closely.The challenge for corporate executives is not if they must spend both financial and human capital in philanthropy, but how. Giving away money is easy — giving away money smart is more difficult.

In the best of all worlds, a smart businessperson views philanthropic opportunities as […]

By | February 19th, 2015|

Paula Golden in The Huffington Post: You Don’t Need to be a Rocket Scientist to Teach the “E” in STEM

Paula Golden in red T-shirt President and Executive Director of the Broadcom Foundation, Paula Golden

Editor’s NoteBroadcom leaders often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in The Huffington Post, in which Paula Golden, President and Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, talks about how educators can embrace teaching Engineering. 

From The Huffington Post:

I received an S.O.S. from a courageous friend who teaches second grade in South Central Los Angeles where people tend to write off her students as having no future, including these young souls themselves. Her school has been targeted as a “STEM” elementary where she is suddenly required to teach the “E” of Engineering in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum.

There are no books […]

By | January 30th, 2015|

Paula Golden in EdTech Digest: “Preparing Young People for 21st Century Careers May Be the Greatest Challenge Facing Communities”

Paula Golden in red T-shirtEditor’s NoteBroadcom leaders often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in EdTech Digest, in which Paula Golden, President and Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, talks about how to create classroom experiences that use technology to engage students. 

From EdTech Digest:

Preparing young people for the 21st century workplace may be the greatest challenge facing communities throughout the United States. Whether students aim for college or the trades, whether they aspire to be engineers, educators, medical technicians or journeymen service providers, technological literacy will be at the heart of their success in life.

Studies confirm that students are more motivated, sustain focus longer and engage deeply when they have access […]

By | December 16th, 2014|

Paula Golden in The Huffington Post: “Collaboration Sets a Woman’s Path to a STEM Career”

Paula Golden in red T-shirtEditor’s NoteBroadcom leaders often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in The Huffington Post, in which Paula Golden, President and Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, talks about how important collaboration is for STEM education. 

From The Huffington Post:

In his mesmerizing chronicle of entrepreneurs who pioneered the first 75 years of the digital revolution, The Innovators author Walter Isaacson writes that teamwork, not rugged individualism, is what ignites groundbreaking innovation in science and technology.

I read Isaacson’s book on a flight home from Washington, D.C., where I had cheered on finalists at the Broadcom MASTERS®, Society for Science & the Public’s national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition. […]

By | December 5th, 2014|

Stitching with STEM: Holly Jackson, 14, Awarded 2014 Broadcom MASTERS $25,000 Grand Prize

Holly Jackson with Science Fair Project Holly Jackson, 14, won the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS top accolade, the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, her research and analysis of the engineering compatibility, strength and efficiency of fabric and stitching materials.

Holly Jackson, a middle school student from San Jose, Calif., proved this week that there is some serious science in the most quotidian things— such as the very stitches that hold together seat belts and airbags.

At an awards ceremony at the Carnegie Institute in Washington, D.C. this week, Holly was selected from among an impressive group of peers for the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize.

“Sewing is important in parachutes, air bags, space suits, blimps, seat belts and anything that requires pieces of fabric to be connected together,” she said.

Holly’s experiment using shear forces as the stresses for testing two different […]

By | October 28th, 2014|

Raspberry Pi Creator Eben Upton Takes on the Broadcom MASTERS in D.C., Shares Secrets of STEM Success

Much like with literacy, when it comes to engaging young people in science, technology, engineering and math, there’s one strategy that seems to hold weight: Get ‘em early.

“You don’t make your kid into a concert pianist by sitting them in front of a piano when they are 18 years old,” said Eben Upton, co-creator of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer and head of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Eben Upton Raspberry Pi MASTERS Raspberry Pi creator Eben Upton teaches MASTERS finalists to tinker with the $25 computer.

Upton, a Cambridge, U.K.-based Broadcom technical director and an advocate for teaching computer programming to students, believes that engaging them at the right moment — with the right tools— can lead them to master critical STEM skills and launch successful careers.

“Early exposure is really important. If kids find something that […]

By | October 22nd, 2014|

MASTERS Alumni Continue Winning Streak with National STEM Scholarships, Accolades

It’s a given that past participants in the Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering fair competitions are exceptional students.

After all, they stood out among thousands of applicants across the country because of their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills and the level of promise they showed as future innovators in science and engineering.

Now in its fourth year, the Broadcom MASTERS program has “graduated” many alumni who march forward with their STEM careers — and continue to impress.

Nathan at ISEF 2014 Nathan Han

Among them are Nathan Han, winner of the Gordon Moore Award – the top prize at the 2014 Intel ISEF.

He’s in good company. Nathan’s Broadcom MASTERS colleagues have also made an impact at this year’s ISEF as award-winners, including Namrata Balasingam, Meagan Bethel, Rebecca Bloomfield, Ria Chhabra, Valerie Ding, […]

By | October 8th, 2014|

Broadcom Records Best Score Yet in Latest Carbon Disclosure Project Report Thanks to Better Utility Tracking

With the polar vortex still in recent memory for East Coasters and California mired in unprecedented drought, our role in the changing climate is top of mind.

As individuals, the everyday actions we take to help the environment — shorter showers, turning off lights and raising the thermostat — can make a difference, but what makes those small actions powerful is their collective impact.

For companies the size of Broadcom, the principle is the same: small changes can have measurable benefits. With more than 10,000 employees in 17 countries around the world, Broadcom is keenly aware of its global impact and responsibility to be good stewards in the areas where our employees live and work.CDP 2014 Report

Over the past few years, the company has taken steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its labs, offices and data […]

By | September 23rd, 2014|

Ready, Set, STEM: MASTERS 2014 Finalists Revealed

Each year, Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public issue a challenge to middle-school students throughout America: to dive into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects with an outstanding science fair project.

Students from across the country are answering the call. This year, Broadcom Foundation tallied a record number of applications for the Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering competition, with 2,054 young scientists and engineers vying for a shot at the $25,000 grand prize next month.

Today, the selection panel has named the top 30 applicants.

See the list of 2014 MASTERS finalists.

And now this group of finalists, who tackled topics as far-ranging as home made robotics to greener laundry, are prepping to participate in a week-long competition of group activities and sight-seeing as part of an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

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By | September 17th, 2014|
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