26 April 2012

Ten Years in a Row - Siemens PLM Software among Top Supporters of HBCU-Accredited Engineering Programs

PLANO, Texas, April 26, 2012 - 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 the company is ranked among Fortune 500 corporations and United States (U.S.) government agencies as a “Top Supporter” of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Engineering Schools in the U.S., according to a recent independent survey of the deans of those schools. This is the tenth consecutive year that Siemens PLM Software has been recognized by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology (USBE&IT) magazine – who conducted the survey – as a top supporter of historically black engineering schools in the U.S.

Career Communications Group, publisher of USBE&IT magazine, conducted the survey last month asking the deans of ABET-accredited (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) HBCU engineering programs to list the 10 corporate, 10 government and 10 non-profit organizations that contribute most to their schools’ institutional missions. The deans considered support for infrastructure modernization and enhancement, research, participation on advisory councils, faculty development opportunities, scholarships, student projects, stipends, co-ops and career opportunities.

The corporate-academic alliance AMIE (Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering) was also asked to provide input about companies that provide the most support to HBCU engineering schools specifically. In all, 62 private-sector companies and 45 government and nonprofit organizations were named as Top Supporters.

Tyrone Taborn, editor in chief of USBE&IT magazine and chairman and CEO of Career Communications Group, says, “Doing this survey for the tenth consecutive time, we are consistently finding many organizations that are doing their fair share in building the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pipeline. This survey reflects the perception that the deans and AMIE share about the level of support that their institutions receive from corporations, which is very important information for our reader’s to know. Black students and professionals want to know what these organizations are doing for their colleges because they want to work for employers that are committed to their community.”

“In an effort to help revitalize manufacturing across the country, Siemens PLM Software strives to develop and nurture partnerships that provide significant value for academic institutions, youth/displaced workers development programs, Regional Productivity Partnerships, Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) and our global communities,” said Bill Boswell, senior director, partner strategy, Siemens PLM Software. “We work closely with AMIE to improve the technical stature of HBCUs and their ability to develop top-notch engineers and technologists.”

Siemens PLM Software has provided in-kind software grants with a list price of more than $1.8 billion to HBCU & HSCU (Historically Spanish Colleges and Universities) engineering schools, empowering their students – with the same PLM tools used by many leading manufacturers and technology companies – to aggressively compete for jobs that will help employers improve time-to-market, product cost, quality and innovation.

GO PLM Program

Siemens PLM Software’s Global Opportunities in PLM (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 more than 11,000 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 Career Communications Group, Inc.

Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG) is a leading talent management and career development company whose mission is to promote career and educational opportunities for minority and female professionals and students in engineering, technology, and science. CCG publishes US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine, Science Spectrum magazine, and CCG’s Women of Color Magazine, and is founder and presenter of three national events: the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, the Science Spectrum Magazine Conference on Minorities in Research Science, and the National Women of Color Technology Awards Conference. CCG also is founder and national coordinator of three public awareness campaigns to increase minorities’ interest in technology: Black Family Technology Awareness Week, La Familia Technology Week, and the Native American Family Technology Journey.

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 7 million licensed seats and more than 71,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies, delivering open solutions to help them make smarter decisions that result in better 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) supports the entire value chain of its industrial customers – from product design to production and services – with an unmatched combination of automation technology, industrial control technology, and industrial software. With its software solutions, the Division can shorten the time-to-market of new products by up to 50 percent. Industry Automation comprises five Business Units: Industrial Automation Systems, Control Components and Systems Engineering, Sensors and Communications, Siemens PLM Software, and Water Technologies. For more information, visit www.siemens.com/industryautomation

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