||For Immediate Release
Friday, July 15, 2011
OU receives $34M in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software
Rochester, Mich. – Oakland University industrial and systems engineering students will benefit significantly from a nearly $34 million in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software made to the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
The in-kind software grant, made through Siemens PLM Software's GO PLM™ initiative, will provide the college with Tecnomatix® software, a best-in-class digital manufacturing solution that is used globally by manufacturers in various industries. 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, is a leading PLM software provider for U.S. automakers and their suppliers.
"This grant from Siemens PLM Software is absolutely critical to us, because this is where advanced manufacturing is going," said Robert Van Til, professor of industrial and systems engineering at OU. "Without the grant, we simply would not have had access to market-leading PLM technology like Tecnomatix."
"Engineering students really want access to tools like Tecnomatix, because they know this is what they'll be using on the job," added Van Til. "These tools take all the math and theory they learn in the classroom and help them to put it to use in the real world. This is how they apply everything they've been learning."
"Siemens PLM Software provides Oakland University access to PLM technology, which otherwise would be out of reach for the academic community, giving students a distinct advantage by being able to use the same PLM technology widely-used by leading, multi-national manufacturing companies around the globe," said Hulas King, director, Global Community Relations and GO PLM Programs, Siemens PLM Software.
"The experience gained in the use of these tools better prepares students for today's highly competitive manufacturing jobs that require full knowledge of modern technologies and tools."
In addition to the very welcome and appreciated in-kind grant from Siemens PLM Software, Van Til said company representatives have been tremendously generous in terms of providing training and support.
Tecnomatix software is a set of digital manufacturing solutions that deliver one of the industry's most comprehensive manufacturing process development and virtual validation capabilities to help companies quickly identify and implement the best strategies for boosting productivity, lowering costs and meeting quality targets. Use of Tecnomatix enables accelerated innovation through collaboration among engineering and manufacturing teams from product engineering to the shop floor.
To learn more about industrial and systems engineering undergraduate and
graduate studies at Oakland, visit www.oakland.edu/ise. To learn about
other engineering programs the university offers, visit www.oakland.edu/secs or call (248) 370-2247.
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About GO PLM
Siemens PLM Software's Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (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 nearly 10,500 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 Oakland University
Oakland University is a nationally recognized university offering students a personal, high-quality education through flexible class schedules, new facilities, student services, classroom technologies, labs, internships, co-ops, research opportunities with corporate partners, and degree and certificate programs. OU students work side by side with faculty mentors and research investigators on projects funded by prestigious organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Education as well as numerous partners in business and industry. Under the tutelage of faculty and community mentors, students gain valuable knowledge and experience in teaching, nursing, solving business problems, performing on stage and so much more. With nearly 19,000 students and a low student-to-faculty ratio, Oakland offers diverse academic programs, including 132 baccalaureate programs and 124 graduate and certificate programs through its five professional schools – the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, and Nursing – and the College of Arts and Sciences. Oakland University also offers a challenging and enriching Honors College. To learn more, visit www.oakland.edu.