PLANO, Texas and DeKALB, Illinois, August 16, 2004 – Engineering students returning to Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the fall will find an array of new software at their fingertips thanks to a $14 million grant to the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology from UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services.
The grant provides a broad spectrum of UGS software for computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), computer aided engineering (CAE) and collaborative visualization with advanced features such as finite element analysis, optimization programs and advanced solid modeling. The software, used by technologists and engineers at leading global companies, will allow students to experience firsthand the current PLM industry standards for managing the entire lifecycle of a product from concept, through production, delivery, maintenance and retirement.
“This grant allows us to put the latest in manufacturing, engineering and design software into the hands of our students, enabling them to develop the skills demanded by industries competing in today’s global economy,” said Promod Vohra, acting dean of NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. “This is an invaluable gift to our students. It will provide them the tools to apply technological solutions to the manufacturing process, learning how to make it more efficient and more profitable. Those are precisely the skills companies need to remain competitive today. Having access to this technology will give a competitive edge not only to our graduates, but also to the companies that hire them.”
“Our engineering school has always been committed to providing our students with the most current, technologically relevant education possible to ensure that they have the skills demanded by the manufacturers of our region,” said NIU President John Peters. “This grant ensures that we will continue to be able to meet that goal for many years to come, and we are extremely grateful to UGS.”
“We at UGS believe that our GO PLM program is the strongest and most far reaching program in the PLM industry. The academic partnership element covers educational institutions around the world at many different levels. UGS is especially pleased by the opportunity to work with Northern Illinois University, one of the top educational institutions in Illinois,” said Jon Heidorn, vice president of Americas Marketing, UGS. “The quality of the University’s programs and staff have enabled it to build many strong relationships with neighboring companies. These relationships, combined with current and planned programs to be offered by NIU, provide students with the practical work skills they will need to succeed in the work force.”
The NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology is the second largest public engineering program in the state of Illinois. The school currently enrolls more than 1,600 students at the graduate and undergraduate level and offers programs in mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering and technology. The school boasts strong research programs in areas such as acoustics and vibration control, logistics and digital signal processing, to name a few.
This grant is the second major contribution to NIU from UGS PLM Solutions, coming on the heels of a $5.6 million grant four years ago.
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 3.1 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value of PLM.