PLANO, Texas, May 9, 2008 – Siemens PLM Software, a division of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced an in-kind software grant with a commercial value of US$5.7 million to the School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU) to enrich the school’s engineering curriculum and facilitate the transfer of Siemens PLM Software’s technology to the areas of critical infrastructure life cycle management throughout Dallas and beyond. The in-kind investment includes engineering software, instructor training and academic support.
As a result of this partnership with the SMU School of Engineering, Siemens PLM Software’s industry-leading technology will be introduced in the Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing where students address the development of fully automated systems from design to final product. The grant is provided through the GO PLM™ (Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management) program.
“We are so grateful for the partnership we’re developing with Siemens PLM Software because it enables high-level research and educational opportunities in the SMU School of Engineering. This partnership truly benefits students in the School of Engineering and it enhances our efforts to strengthen and grow our research activity,” said SMU President, R. Gerald Turner.
“We are pleased to partner with SMU in an effort to build a legacy of strong engineers,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Siemens PLM Software. “Our goal is to help universities like SMU retain top notch student talent while continuing with the great efforts already underway.”
Siemens PLM Software’s 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 950,000 students yearly at nearly 9,300 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from middle schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on GO PLM and the partners and programs it supports visit http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/about_us/goplm/index.shtml.
SMU’s School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers 20 undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including both masters and doctorate levels. It is home to the Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing which provides an interface between science, engineering, and industrial practice while allowing faculty and students to work in close collaboration with industry partners.
A private university located in the heart of Dallas, SMU is building on the vision of its founders, who imagined a distinguished center for learning emerging from the spirit of the city. Today, 11,000 students benefit from the national opportunities and international reach afforded by the quality of SMU’s seven degree-granting schools.
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 4.6 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.
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