07 April 2008

Six Straight Years - Siemens PLM Software Named Among Top Supporters of HBCU-Accredited Engineering Programs Again for 2008

PLANO, Texas, April 9, 2008 - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the company is ranked among Fortune 500 corporations and United States (U.S.) government agencies in its support of historically black engineering schools (HBCU) in the U.S., according to a recent independent survey of the deans of those schools. This is the sixth consecutive year that Siemens PLM Software has been recognized by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology (USBE&IT) Magazine as a top supporter of historically black engineering schools in the U.S.

Career Communications Group, publisher of USBE&IT magazine, conducted the survey last month asking the deans of ABET-accredited HBCU engineering programs to list the 10 companies they feel contribute most to their schools’ institutional missions. The deans considered support for infrastructure modernization and enhancement, research, participation on advisory councils, faculty development opportunities, scholarships, student projects, stipends, co-ops and career opportunities.

The corporate-academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE) was also asked what companies provide the most support to black engineering schools. In all, 50 private-sector companies and 35 government and nonprofit organizations were named as Top Supporters.

“AMIE is honored to have Siemens as an active member of its Board of Directors. AMIE is a coalition of corporations, government agencies, and the ABET accredited HBCU Engineering Schools. AMIE's primary mission is to facilitate the development of partnerships between our member organizations and one or more of the HBCU Engineering Schools. Siemens PLM Software's recognition as a top supporter of the HBCU Engineering Schools is a demonstration of their continued commitment to diversifying their engineering/technical workforce,” said Myron Hardiman, executive director, AMIE.

GO PLM Program

Siemens PLM Software’s 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 950,000 students yearly at nearly 9,300 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.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/about_us/goplm/index.shtml

“Siemens PLM Software 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 Siemens PLM Software’s Global Community Relations and GO PLM programs. “We work closely with AMIE to improve the technical stature of HBCUs and their ability to develop top-notch engineers and technologists.”

Siemens PLM Software has provided in-kind software grants with a list price of more than $1.2 billion to HBCU & HSCU (Historically Spanish Colleges and Universities) 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 Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.6 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. GO PLM is a trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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