- Last Updated on 07:10 AM 06/06/14
- BY Special to The Gazette
Siemens announced a $33 million in-kind software grant to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center on Wednesday. This grant is in addition to a $94M in-kind software grant received by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center last fall to establish a Siemens Go-PLM Training Center.
The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Go-PLM Training Center was the first one established by Siemens in Virginia.
Students will now have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.
“Manufacturing is the most sophisticated, forward-looking and innovative business function in the world today, and we need to let students, parents and administrators know what these jobs look like and what students need to learn in order to get them,” said Eric Spiegel, president and CEO, Siemens USA. “This partnership can serve as an economic catalyst for the region, the state and the country.”
The additional software given to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center will be used to expand digital manufacturing and Mechatronics (also known as Industrial Maintenance) at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s campus in South Boston.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with Siemens as we grow our digital manufacturing and mechatronics capabilities,” said Dr. Betty Adams, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center executive director. “This investment strengthens our continuing efforts to meet the needs of employers and prepare students for significant high-paying STEM careers.”
As software plays an increasing role in the next era of manufacturing, students and faculty will use the software in assignments and research related to computer-aided-design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing and manufacturing management.
The in-kind grants also will help to expand and modernize manufacturing curriculum in design and process technologies. By using the software in their course work, academic and research projects, students can develop the advanced skills sought after by the more than 77,000 customers who utilize Siemens’ software and technology solutions worldwide.
This includes nearly 90 companies throughout the region and Commonwealth of Virginia who rely on Siemens’ PLM and CAD software including employers such as Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce and Orbital Sciences Corp.