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13 June 2006

Hampton University to Receive $58 Million In-kind Software Grant from UGS for Architecture, Engineering Programs

FOR RELEASE Tuesday, June 13, 2006

PLANO, Texas and HAMPTON, Va. – UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced an in-kind software grant with a commercial value of nearly $60 million to enhance engineering programs in the Hampton University School of Engineering and Technology.  This software, used by technologists and engineers at leading global companies worldwide, will enable students to gain firsthand experience with current PLM industry standard software for managing the entire lifecycle of a product from concept, through production, delivery, maintenance and retirement.

“This in-kind contribution is another example of the confidence that the nation’s leaders in business, government, education, science and technology have in Hampton University’s outstanding programs,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President.

The $58.9 million grant is being made through UGS’ Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (GO PLM™) initiative, which leads the PLM industry in the commercial value of in-kind grants it provides at more than $4 billion annually.  UGS’ GO PLM initiative brings together five complementary programs focused on academic partnerships; community relations; regional productivity; youth and displaced worker development; and the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program.  The initiative provides PLM technology to more than 860,000 students annually at nearly 8,400 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from middle schools to graduate engineering research programs.

“The software from UGS gives our engineering and architecture students access to world-class tools to design, model, analyze and simulate structures as well as design and simulate assembly lines,” said Dr. Eric J. Sheppard, dean of the HU School of Engineering and Technology. “I’m excited as an educator to know that our students will have access to powerful UGS applications. We have a strong team of engineering and architecture faculty that will integrate the software into our learning environment.”

Architecture students will be able to simulate and analyze kinetic structures, engineering students will have access to electives using CAD systems, and students across the School of Engineering and Technology and the University can work on design teams using the same applications used at top companies around the world, according to Sheppard.

“Engineering and architecture students need to learn to create, analyze and develop designs, and now our students have a great resource to develop challenging designs, including cars of the future, robots, buildings, or even robots that build buildings,” he said.

“UGS is devoted to helping leading academic institutions such as Hampton University expand career development opportunities for students and cultivate a talented base of candidates to increase the competitiveness of local and national manufacturers,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing for UGS.  “Through this and other similar grants, UGS is empowering knowledge for 21st Century engineers to tie into global innovation networks that the world’s leading manufacturers are leveraging to build the most innovative products.”

Hampton University is receiving UGS’ industry leading, Tecnomatix™, NX™, I-deas® and Solid Edge® software suites.  UGS has recently been recognized for its PLM software.  Some of the awards/recognition include:

  • Teamcenter®, UGS’ digital lifecycle management solution, was recognized in the first quarter as the winner of IndustryWeek magazine’s Technology of the Year Award for 2005.
  • UGS’ NX™ 4 software was voted 2005 Product of the Year by the readers of NASA Tech Briefs.  NX 4 received more votes from NASA Tech Brief readers than any other nominated product.
  • UGS and its products received several awards from prominent Chinese media including “AI (Automobile Industry) Outstanding Solutions Provider” and “Top 100 IT Provider” in the automobile industry for 2005 by Automobile Industry; “TOP 10 International IT Supplier of 2005” by MIE of China; “Best PLM Provider of 2005” by ERP World; “Golden Software of 2005” by Software World; “Recommended Best Design Software of 2005” by e-Manufacturing, for NX software; and “Star Product of 2005” by CWEEK for Teamcenter software.

About Hampton University
Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education, dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. Its curriculum emphasis is scientific and professional with a strong liberal arts under girding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality.  An historically black institution, Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism. The University serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. From its beginnings to the present, the institution has enrolled students from five continents North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe and many countries including Gabon, Kenya, Ghana, Japan, China, Armenia, Great Britain and Russia, as well as the Hawaiian and Caribbean Islands and numerous American Indian nations. Placing its students at the center of its planning, the University provides a holistic educational environment. Learning is facilitated by a range of educational-offerings, a rigorous curriculum, excellent teaching, professional experiences, multiple leadership opportunities, and an emphasis on the development of character  which values integrity, respect, decency, dignity, and responsibility.

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, I-DEAS, NX, Solid Edge, Teamcenter, Tecnomatix and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered 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.