PLANO, Texas, June 9, 2008 -- Siemens PLM Software, a division of 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$78.4 million to Rutgers University to enrich its engineering curriculum and to facilitate transfer of Siemens PLM Software’s technology to the areas of critical infrastructure lifecycle management in New Jersey and beyond. The in-kind investment includes engineering software student/instructor training and academic support.
As a result of this partnership with Rutgers University, Siemens PLM Software’s world-class PLM software will be used primarily in undergraduate courses for Automated Manufacturing Systems and Computer Control of Manufacturing Systems. This grant is provided through the Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ (Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management) program.
“This generous donation will boost our students’ design skills and give them a competitive edge in the engineering work force,” said Mohsen Jafari, professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers. “We’re especially excited to use it next fall in our senior project course, where student groups create comprehensive engineering solutions to problems in health care, transportation, manufacturing and commercial environments.”
Jafari expects several engineering groups to explore applications beyond manufacturing automation, such as to design efficient industrial energy systems and durable highway structures. He notes that this donation builds on Siemens PLM Software’s earlier support for the School of Engineering’s education and research programs.
Siemens Corporate Research (SCR) Automation & Control Department Head George Lo, who was instrumental in forging the Siemens PLM Software/Rutgers partnership, has collaborated with Rutgers University since 2004 to bring best-in-class automation technology into the University’s teaching laboratories.
“Speeding up innovation is critical to stay ahead of the competition,” said Dr. Lo. “The more you can build upfront in a digital environment, the faster you can take your products to market. This grant will help Rutgers engineering students prepare for the challenges of digital manufacturing."
SCR’s future collaboration plans include establishing a Siemens PLM Software laboratory in the university’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation.
“Siemens PLM Software strives to develop and nurture partnerships that provide significant value for academic institutions as well as youth and displaced worker development programs throughout our global communities,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Siemens PLM Software. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with Rutgers to build on the technical stature of its engineering programs and impact the university’s ability to develop top-notch engineers and technologists.”
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.
Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Camden, Newark and New Brunswick, Rutgers offers more than 280 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs. The university is home to 27 degree-granting schools and colleges, and more than 150 specialized centers and institutes.
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 5.5 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.
Siemens Corporate Research, Inc. (SCR), based in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, is one of several Siemens Corporate Technology research and development centers worldwide. Since it was founded in 1977, its people have transformed research into practical, innovative solutions and services to support Siemens broad range of businesses. Launched in 1999 as an SCR subsidiary, Siemens Technology-To-Business Center (TTB) LLC, located in Berkeley, California, is chartered with discovering and launching emerging technologies into profitable businesses. SCR is an integral part of the Siemens family. Siemens is a $96 billion electronic and engineering company with nearly 460,000 employees in 190 countries. As the fifth largest R&D investor in the world, Siemens ranks in the top 10 of U.S. patent holders and 75 percent of its revenues are derived from its products developed in the past five years. For more information on SCR, visit www.usa.siemens.com/research.
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