06 December 2004

UGS Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software Grant Enhances the Center for Advanced Engineering Environments at Old Dominion University

FOR RELEASE Monday, December 6, 2004

PLANO, Texas and NORFOLK, Virginia –UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announcedit is providing an in-kind software grant with a commercial value of US$1.6 million to enhance research and education at Old Dominion University’s (ODU’s) Center for Advanced Engineering Environments (CAEE).

As an enterprise center of ODU’s Batten College of Engineering and Technology, the CAEE works in partnership with NASA and other industry leaders to develop intelligent engineering environments that allow diverse teams to work synergistically to develop efficient virtual prototypes of complex engineering systems for the aerospace industry.  The environments can significantly reduce development times, lower life-cycle costs and improve the quality and performance of future engineering systems.

CAEE staff work closely with researchers from NASA, other universities and major software vendors to incorporate new developments into commercial systems, making research advances available to industry in a timely manner.

The grant provides researchers in the CAEE with a suite of software employed by today’s leading manufacturing and technology companies and will aid the center in its development of collaborative distributed Engineering Knowledge and Information Management environments. These environments include the synergistic coupling of modeling, visual simulations, intelligent agent, multimedia and synthetic environments; human-computer interactions, computational intelligence, computational information and collaboration technologies in the multidisciplinary analysis; sensitivity studies, optimization, design and operation of complex aerospace systems.

PLM, is an enterprise business strategy through which organizations digitally manage their products from concept to retirement.  New programs as well as Service Life Extension Programs are enhanced by having PLM provide geographically dispersed teams with instantaneous visibility to components, assemblies, analysis, requirements and project management status and impact studies. Organizations use these tools to drive product and process innovations, increase agility and shorten time to market by enabling collaboration that provides the right information to the right people at the right time as products are developed and deployed.

“The synergistic coupling of UGS’ Teamcenter® PLM product suite and the ODU CAEE facilities will provide a unique integrated intelligent environment for accelerating new product development through managing speed and value; enabling global communication of information; and providing collaboration tools for engineering organizations and business units,” said Ahmed K. Noor, Eminent Scholar, William E. Lobeck Professor of Aerospace engineering and director of the Center.  “It will have a profound impact on the way we teach innovative design and product development of complex engineering systems.  We are looking forward to the effective use of Teamcenter in our center’s research and education, and to a strong collaboration with UGS.”

“Innovation and the ability to share knowledge across an extended enterprise are key business drivers for today’s most competitive companies,” said Michael Schwind, vice president of UGS’ Federal region.  “This grant signifies UGS’ commitment to the aerospace industry of today and tomorrow and the next generation of engineers that will lead the transformation initiatives within the aerospace and Department of Defense environments.  Students must have the opportunity to gain experience with the technology that supports these initiatives in order to find employment with leading companies.  We are pleased to team up with the strong academic and industry leaders, as well as the talented students, in The Center for Advanced Engineering to support its vision of innovation and education leadership.”

The grant to Old Dominion is being made through UGS’ Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (GO PLM) initiative.  GO PLM leads the industry in the commercial value of the in-kind grants it provides, more than US$2 billion in 2003, 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 almost 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.  More information on GO PLM and the partners and programs.

AboutOld Dominion University

OldDominionUniversity is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research - Extensive university with more than 21,000 students located in Norfolk, Va.  The university has six colleges – Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Science – and offers 66 bachelor’s, 67 master’s and 24 doctoral degrees.

The university boasts a diverse student body, including 1,400 international students from 108 countries, and more than 87,000 alumni in all 50 states and 72 countries. 

As the region’s science and technology university, Old Dominion has world-class, nationally ranked offerings in modeling and simulation, high performance computing, bio-technology, nano-technology, engineering, physics and oceanography.  Its TELETECHNET distance learning network, the largest interactive, televised program in the country, offers full degree programs to more than 50 sites in Virginia and about a dozen sites in eight other states. 

About UGS
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 3.3 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.   Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value of PLM. 

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