DETROIT, Michigan, September 18, 2007 – Engineering graduates at Wayne State University will be better prepared for careers in Michigan’s emerging high tech and global economy thanks to Wayne State’s selection as a member of Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE), a joint philanthropic initiative of General Motors, EDS, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens UGS PLM Software and Sun Microsystems.
Officials from the five companies announced their latest partner university and multi-million dollar in-kind contribution during a special ceremony and all-day program on the Wayne State campus today. The software and hardware have a commercial value of $407.8 million, making it the largest ever in-kind contribution received in Wayne State history.
The PACE corporate alliance has worked together since 1999 to support academic institutions worldwide with computer-based engineering tools to prepare designers, engineers, and analysts with the skills to compete in the future.
“Some software programs in the suites of design simulation and modeling tools provided by PACE have been an essential part of some Wayne State engineering courses. But the PACE contribution will allow the College of Engineering and its faculty to integrate the entire PACE toolbox throughout our curriculum, starting with basic first-year engineering classes,” said Ralph Kummler, dean of Engineering.
“Wayne State’s participation in PACE strengthens the university’s role in Michigan’s transition to a high-tech economy,” said WSU President Irvin D. Reid. “The tools we receive from PACE will enable us to prepare the skilled engineering, manufacturing and design workforce needed in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Our selection as a PACE institution greatly enhances Wayne State’s ability to educate the men and women who will lead Michigan to economic prosperity.”
“UGS PLM Software is pleased to participate in bringing Wayne State University into the PACE family,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing, UGS PLM Software. “Today’s leading manufacturing and technology companies compete on the basis of time to market, product cost, quality and innovation. We hope our support for Wayne State’s engineering curriculum will prepare its graduates even more for the real world.”
The PACE software includes UGS NX™, UGS Teamcenter™ Engineering, UGS Teamcenter Community, and UGS Tecnomatix™; MSC Adams and MD Nastran; Altair HyperWorks; FLUENT/GAMBIT; iSIGHT; and LS-DYNA.
In addition to the educational contributions made by the five PACE partners, several additional “PACE Contributors and Supporters” have embraced the PACE mission, and contribute valuable products and services to the PACE institutions. They are 3Dconnexion, Altair Engineering, Autodesk, Autoweb, Engineous, Fluent, Inc., Gamma Technologies, Livermore Software Technology Corporation, MSC.Software, and Wacom.
For more information on PACE, visit their website at: www.pacepartners.org
The College of Engineering at Wayne State, with more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students, offers a wide range of fully accredited engineering disciplines. Its well-respected graduates represent a large force in Michigan industry and the engineering field.
Wayne State University is a premier institution of higher education offering more than 350 academic programs through 11 schools and colleges to nearly 33,000 students.
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