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WASHINGTON, October 5, 2004 – The Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) has selected Howard University to join its academic partnership and receive an in-kind contribution of software and other technology valued at $70.6 million. The in-kind contribution, the largest in the University’s history, includes computer-based product management, engineering, design and manufacturing software as well as hardware and training.
A corporate alliance between General Motors Corp., EDS, Sun Microsystems Inc., and UGS, PACE was formed in 1999 to enhance engineering, science and art curricula that prepares students for careers in the automotive, technology and engineering fields.
PACE’s contribution supports “The Campaign for Howard: Leadership for America and the Global Community,” a five-year initiative to raise $250 million. Launched in March 2002, the campaign aims to harness resources to enhance the University’s academic programs and create new facilities for research and learning. To date, the campaign totals more than $163 million in contributions.
“The PACE partnership greatly enhances our interdisciplinary science and research capabilities,” said Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert. “It plays a critical role in ensuring that Howard maintains its place among the elite research universities in America.”
The software Howard will receive includes modeling and simulation programs such as NX™, Teamcenter®, MSC Nastran and Fluent. These programs will enable students to design projects from airplanes, to hybrid vehicles or biomedical devices. For example, the Fluent software allows a user to design and run a simulation of blood flowing through arteries and veins, or the movement of liquid through an engine.
“Digital sculpting, the creation of computer designs for three-dimensional objects, has become one of the hot skills for designers around the world” said Ed Welburn, Vice President, Design, GM North America. “Whether designing new cars or creating fantastical worlds on the movie screen, digital sculptors are literally changing the way the world looks. So it is important that students have the opportunity to work with the latest math-based tools. Helping provide these resources to schools like Howard University is what makes PACE such an important program.”
Selected universities are invited to participate based on several criteria, such as: a long-term relationship with GM as a primary educational partner and a strong recruiting relationship; strength in design, engineering and science programs; and the institution’s current and intended interest in developing curricula using PACE products and processes. Other PACE institutions include Northwestern University, Virginia Tech and Purdue University.
Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, doctoral/research-extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, five Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.
For more information on Howard University, call 1 202 238 2330, or visit the University’s web site at www.Howard.edu.
For more information on General Motors, visit www.gm.com.
For more information on Sun Microsystems, visit www.sun.com.
For more information on EDS, visit www.eds.com.
For more information on UGS, visit www.ugs.com.
For more information on PACE, visit www.pacepartners.org.