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Berkeley, Calif. and PLANO, Texas, April 21, 2009 – 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 an in-kind software grant with a commercial value of US $57 million to the University of California’s, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). The in-kind investment, provided through the Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ (Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management) program, includes engineering software, instructor training and academic support that will be available to students and staff throughout four of the university’s campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz.
“This generous investment will boost our students’ design skills and give them a competitive edge in the engineering work force,” said S. Shankar Sastry, dean of engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. “We’re especially excited to use it in design project courses, where student groups create comprehensive engineering solutions to problems in health care, transportation, manufacturing and commercial environments.”
"Siemens PLM Software’s NX™ software is a leading finite element analysis, meshing and visualization solution for a wide variety of modeling in all fields of engineering, architecture, and applied math and physics, including geophysics,” said Paul Wright, director of CITRIS and a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley. “We are extremely grateful to Siemens PLM Software for their generous gift. More than one thousand students, research staff and professors across the four-campus Institute of CITRIS are expected to use this extraordinary facility."
“Siemens PLM Software strives to develop and nurture partnerships that provide significant value for academic institutions as well as youth and displaced worker development programs throughout our global communities,” said Helmuth Ludwig, president, Siemens PLM Software. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with CITRIS to build on the technical stature of engineering education and impact the University of California’s ability to develop top-notch engineers and technologists.”
Siemens Corporate Research President and CEO Paul Camuti, whose team was instrumental in the Siemens/University of California at Berkeley relationship, said the new research and training facilities validate the success of Siemens’ overall strategy of open innovation. “This is an example of what two leading entities can achieve when they explore, create, and innovate together,” said Camuti. “And, I can say that we are very pleased with the prospect of a relationship like this one that opens up a wide range of collaborative opportunities.”
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 1,000,000 students yearly at nearly 10,200 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 www.siemens.com/partners/goplm.
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 5.9 million licensed seats and 56,000 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.
The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) 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 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 42,900 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Automation achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.7 billion.
The University of California’s ten campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara foster world-class educational and research opportunities. UC includes more than 220,000 students and more than 170,000 faculty and staff, with over 1.5 million alumni living and working around the world. UC Berkeley is a globally preeminent research institution. Its academic offerings span 150 disciplines, with more departments ranked in the top 10 nationally than any other public or private university. The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) creates information technology solutions for many pressing social, environmental and healthcare problems. The first public-private partnership created to use IT in this way, CITRIS connects students and researchers at four UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz) with industrial researchers from over 60 corporations (www.citris-uc.org).
Siemens Corporate Research, Inc. (SCR), based in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, is one of several Siemens Corporate Technology research and development centers worldwide. Since it was founded in 1977, its people have transformed research into practical, innovative solutions and services to support Siemens broad range of businesses. Launched in 1999 as an SCR subsidiary, Siemens Technology-To-Business Center (TTB) LLC, located in Berkeley, California, is chartered with discovering and launching emerging technologies into profitable businesses. SCR is an integral part of the Siemens family. Siemens is a $96 billion electronic and engineering company with nearly 460,000 employees in 190 countries. As the fifth largest R&D investor in the world, Siemens ranks in the top 10 of U.S. patent holders and 75 percent of its revenues are derived from its products developed in the past five years. For more information on SCR, visit www.usa.siemens.com/research.
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