17 November 2010

Auburn University Receives In-Kind Software Grant from Siemens PLM Software Valued at $195.5 Million

Auburn University Grant Brings Siemens PLM Software’s Total In-Kind Contribution in the State of Alabama to $491.5 Million

AUBURN, Ala. and PLANO, Texas, November 17, 2010 - 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, and Auburn University today announced the largest in-kind corporate contribution ever received by the university. The in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, with a commercial value of $195.5 million, was presented today at a recognition ceremony held at the university.

Siemens PLM Software has provided $491.5 million in in-kind software grants in the state of Alabama. Previous recipients include University of Alabama Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, Calhoun County Community College and Tuskegee University.

The in-kind software grant, made through Siemens PLM Software’s Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (GO PLM™) program, which includes training and specialized software certification programs, will enrich Auburn University’s curriculum, providing advanced hands-on training to students preparing to enter the workforce following graduation.

The new software, which will be incorporated into the curricula of Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction ($15.3 million), the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering ($169.7 million) and the College of Human Sciences ($10.5 million), will introduce students to product design, development, and manufacturing processes technology used by the world’s leading manufacturing companies.

“Advanced technology like the PLM software is critical to preparing our students for the challenges of a global economy. We are pleased to partner with Siemens PLM Software in providing Auburn students state-of-the-art tools that provide the knowledge and experience that will make them marketable in a highly competitive marketplace,” said Jay Gogue, president, Auburn University.

“Siemens PLM Software provides Auburn University access to PLM technology, which otherwise would be out of reach for the academic community, giving students a distinct advantage by being able to use the same PLM technology widely-used by leading multi-national manufacturing companies around the globe,” said Hulas King, director, Global Community Relations and GO PLM Programs, Siemens PLM Software. “The experience gained in the use of these tools better prepares students for today’s highly-competitive manufacturing jobs requiring full knowledge of modern technologies and tools.”

The range of software includes Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management solution; Tecnomatix® software, a best-in-class digital manufacturing solution; NX™ software, a comprehensive digital product development solution; and Solid Edge® software, the core CAD component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio, a comprehensive family of solutions addressing PLM needs of the mid-market. The software will be used to support academic programs as diverse as apparel merchandising, architecture, and engineering.

"The College of Engineering has an established relationship with Siemens PLM Software as it relates to our ongoing use of two programs, Solid Edge and NX, and we welcome this move to this next level,” said Peter Jones, Woltosz professor in mechanical engineering. “Solid Edge, which is used by every department in the college, has proven to be an invaluable design tool for our students. As well, NX provides students and faculty with finite element and motion analysis among its tools. We are deeply appreciative of additional in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software.”

In addition to the classic application of PLM to engineering, Auburn’s College of Human Sciences will use Teamcenter for Softlines, Hardlines, & Footwear to support product design and development programs including the Apparel Merchandising curriculum – a program that prepares students for careers in the apparel and retail fields.

Auburn University joins other leading institutions which have partnered with Siemens PLM Software on this innovative software including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of California at Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State University, Purdue, Arizona State University, Rutgers, Michigan State University, Brigham Young University and Carnegie Mellon.

About Auburn University

Auburn University has provided instruction, research and outreach to benefit the state and nation for more than 155 years, and is among a distinctive group of universities designated as Land, Sea, and Space Grant institutions. Auburn makes a nearly $5 billion economic contribution to the state each year, has more than 250,000 graduates and provides 140 degree programs to more than 25,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

GO PLM Program

Siemens PLM Software’s Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (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 one million students yearly at nearly 10,500 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on GO PLM and the partners and programs it supports visit www.siemens.com/partners/goplm.

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 6.7 million licensed seats and 63,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors 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. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009. www.siemens.com/industryautomation

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. GO PLM, NX, Solid Edge, Teamcenter, Tecnomatix and Velocity Series are trademarks or registered trademarks 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.