IC Academy - Advanced Certificate Studies in Hardware and Chip Design

IC Academy

The knowledge to master chip design.

The chip industry, encompassing microelectronics, computer hardware, VLSI, and semiconductors, is the cornerstone of the Israeli high-tech sector. Experiencing rapid growth, this industry remains at the forefront of technological advancements. Israeli engineers are highly sought-after in this dynamic market, which is evidenced by the establishment of chip development centers by major global companies such as Apple, Google, Nvidia, and Amazon. Simultaneously, start-ups flourish, and established companies like Intel, Broadcom, and Marvel continue to expand their presence in Israel. The IC Academy program is crafted to provide outstanding hardware engineers with opportunities for professional advancement and personal growth, positioning them to lead the future of the thriving Israeli chip industry.

Program Description:

The IC Academy program is an initiative offering advanced certificate studies in hardware and chip design through the esteemed academic courses of the Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan University. This program allows hardware engineers to enroll in one or more advanced courses in hardware fields at Bar Ilan as part of certificate studies. Completing all course requirements earns graduates a certificate from Bar Ilan University, a valuable recognition of their accomplishment in the IC Academy program. For those aspiring to pursue advanced degrees in the future, this certificate will be considered academic credit in many program courses.

The IC Academy program encompasses courses covering a diverse range of hardware and chip design topics. Led by the renowned academic staff of the Faculty of Engineering at Bar Ilan, these courses utilize advanced learning tools and practical applications of industrial EDA (Electronic Design Automation) tools. A detailed list of courses, including brief descriptions and required prerequisites, can be found here.

Main Study Subjects:

  • Front End Design
  • Physical Design (Backend)
  • Analog Circuit Design
  • Digital Circuit Design
  • Computer Architecture
  • Functional and Formal Verification
  • VLSI Technology
  • Hardware Security
  • Hardware Reliability
  •  Embedded Systems

IC Academy Program Lecturers:

The program is led by faculty members from the Faculty of Engineering at Bar Ilan University, possessing extensive experience in both research and industry within the hardware domain. Notable lecturers include:

  • Prof. Alex Fish: Expert in Circuit Design, Image Processors, Hardware Security
  • Prof. Adam Teman: Expert in Circuit Design, Physical Design (Backend), Microarchitecture
  • Prof. Joseph Shore: Expert in Analog Circuit Design, VLSI Sensors
  • Prof. Osnat Keren: Expert in Algorithms, Codes, and Hardware Security
  • Dr. Itamar Levy: Expert in Hardware Security, Circuit Design, Architecture
  • Dr. Leonid Yavitz: Expert in Computer Architecture, Digital Design
  • Dr. Yoav Weizman: Reliability, Hardware Security Expert
  • Mr. Yonatan Shoshan: Expert in Digital Design, Architecture
  • Prof. Hillel Kugler: Expert in Formal Verification

For full details and additional information about the IC Academy program, contact the Faculty of Engineering at Gradsec.Engfaculty@biu.ac.il.


The IC Academy program is designed for outstanding engineers, and admission conditions align with those of a master's degree. This includes a bachelor's degree in engineering with an average of 85 or higher from a recognized university or passing a personal interview for adjustments based on the grade sheet and resume.

Costs and Registration for the IC Academy Program:

The prices of courses are determined by the number of lectures, practice, and laboratory hours for each class.


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