19 April 2006

University of Cincinnati Receives $289 Million Software Grant from UGS; Largest Software Grant Ever Received at the University

FOR RELEASE Wednesday, April 19, 2006

PLANO, Texas and CINCINNATI – 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 $289 million to enhance engineering programs at the University of Cincinnati. The in-kind software grant from UGS is the largest the University of Cincinnati has ever received.

The grant includes UGS’ NX, Solid Edge® and Teamcenter® product suites to help students and faculty in the College of Engineering conceive, design, engineer and validate projects using the same tools that today’s leading global manufacturers employ. Technologists and engineers at Procter & Gamble, Boeing, Dyson, Ford, General Dynamics, General Motors, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Nissan, Pratt & Whitney and many other top global companies use UGS’® software in their product innovation efforts.

The partnership with UGS will give our students the valuable hands-on experience they need to become leaders in today’s industry,” said UC President Nancy L. Zimpher. “This generous grant will place our students at the College of Engineering truly on the cutting edge with the latest technology.”

GO PLM Program and Commitment to Cincinnati Area
The 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 $2 billion annually. UGS’ GO PLM initiative brings together five complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership; 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.

"We are committed to helping leading academic institutions such as the University of Cincinnati expand career development opportunities for students and cultivate a talented base of candidates to increase the competitiveness of Cincinnati- and Ohio-focused, national and global manufacturers,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing for UGS, which employs a workforce of approximately 700 in the Cincinnati area at its offices in Milford. “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.”

UGS has recently received recognition for the same software products it is granting to the University of Cincinnati: 

  • UGS’ NX™ 4 software was recently voted 2005 Product of the Year by the readers of NASA Tech Briefs. NX 4, UGS’ flagship digital product development software, received more votes than any other nominated product from the engineers, product designers and manufacturing professionals that help make NASA Tech Briefs the largest-circulation, BPA-audited engineering magazine in the U.S.
  • The editors of IndustryWeek magazine, the leading manufacturing management magazine, selected Teamcenter® 2005, the world’s most widely used PLM portfolio, as one of the five Technologies of the Year for 2005, making Teamcenter the only full-scale PLM offering receiving the prestigious award.
  • Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, is scheduled to present UGS with the 2006 Product Lifecycle Management Solutions Company of the Year Award during the annual Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards Banquet in Orlando, Fla. on April 26.

“This software gift will enable our students to work with the most sophisticated professional level software,” said Roy Eckart, interim dean of the College of Engineering. “Our graduates will become more valuable to industry and their analytical capability will be head and shoulders above the engineering graduates of other colleges.”
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, NX, Solid Edge, Teamcenter 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