22 March 2006

UGS Recognized by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology (USBE&IT) Magazine as a Top Supporter of Historically Black Engineering Schools

FOR RELEASE Wednesday, March 22, 2006

PLANO, Texas – UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the company is ranked third among Fortune 500 corporations and United States (U.S.) government agencies in its support of historically black engineering schools in the U.S., according to a recent independent survey of the deans of those schools.

Career Communications Group, publisher of U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology (USBE&IT) magazine, conducted the survey last month asking participants to list the 10 companies they feel contribute most to their schools’ institutional missions. The corporate-academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE) was asked what companies provide the most support to black engineering schools. In all, 51 companies were named as Top Supporters.

“This survey reflects the perception that the deans and AMIE share about the level of support they receive from corporate America, which is that more and more corporations are consistently doing their share in building the pipeline,” said Tyrone D. Taborn, editor in chief of USBE&IT and chairman and CEO of the magazine’s publisher, Career Communications Group Inc. (CCG). “Black students and professionals want to know more about what these companies are doing for their colleges. People want to work for a company that is committed to their community.”

GO PLM Program

UGS’ GO PLM initiative leads the industry in the commercial value of the in-kind grants it provides and brings together four complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development and the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) program.  GO PLM provides PLM technology to more than 800,000 students yearly at nearly 8,000 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from middle schools to graduate engineering research programs.  For more information on GO PLM and the partners and programs it supports visit http://www.ugs.com/partners/goplm/.

“UGS strives to develop and nurture partnerships that provide significant value for academic institutions, youth/displaced workers development programs, Regional Productivity Partnerships, Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) and our global communities,” said Hulas King, director of UGS Global Community Relations and GO PLM programs.

UGS works closely with AMIE to improve the technical stature of HBCUs and their ability to develop top-notch engineers and technologists. The company has provided in-kind software grants valued at more than $609 million to HBCU engineering schools, empowering these students with the same PLM tools used by leading manufacturers and technology companies to aggressively compete on the basis of time-to-market, product cost, quality and innovation.

About Career Communications Group, Inc.
Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG) is a leading talent management and career development company whose mission is to promote career and educational opportunities for minority and female professionals and students in engineering, technology, and science. CCG publishes US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine, Science Spectrum magazine, and CCG’s Women of Color Magazine, and is founder and presenter of three national events: the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, the Science Spectrum Magazine Conference on Minorities in Research Science, and the National Women of Color Technology Awards Conference. CCG also is founder and national coordinator of three public awareness campaigns to increase minorities’ interest in technology: Black Family Technology Awareness Week, La Familia Technology Week, and the Native American Family Technology Journey.

About UGS
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide.  Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. 

Note:  UGS, GO PLM and Transforming the process of innovation are registered trademarks or trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.