Present at the campus ceremony announcing the gift were, from left, Larry Benefield, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; James Menego, vice president, Americas Strategic Alliances,Siemens PLM Software; and Auburn University President Jay Gouge.
Auburn University has received its largest in-kind gift in the history of the institution through a Siemens PLM Software in-kind software grant with a commercial value of $195.5 million, according to university president Jay Gogue. Siemens PLM Software is a division of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management software and services.
The in-kind grant was made through the Siemens PLM Software's Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management program, and includes product development software, training and specialized software certification programs. The new software, which will be incorporated into the curricula of Auburn's College of Architecture, Design and Construction ($15.3 million), the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering ($169.7 million) and the College of Human Sciences ($10.5 million), will introduce students to product design, development and manufacturing processes technology used by the world's leading manufacturing companies.
"Siemens PLM Software provides Auburn 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 requiring full knowledge of modern technologies and tools."
Auburn University joins other leading institutions which have partnered with Siemens PLM Software on this innovative software including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State University, Purdue, Arizona State University, Rutgers, Michigan State University, Brigham Young University and Carnegie Mellon.
"Advanced technology like the PLM Software is critical to preparing our students for the challenges of a global economy. We are pleased to partner with Siemens PLM Software in providing Auburn students state-of-the-art tools that provide the knowledge and experience that will make them marketable in a highly competitive marketplace," said Gogue.
The range of software includes Siemens PLM Software's Teamcenter software, the world's most widely used digital lifecycle management solution; Tecnomatix software, a best-in-class digital manufacturing solution; NX software, a comprehensive digital product development solution; and Solid Edge software, the core CAD component of the Velocity Series portfolio, a comprehensive family of solutions addressing PLM needs of the mid-market. The software will be used to support academic programs as diverse as apparel merchandising, architecture and engineering.
"The College of Engineering has an established relationship with Siemens PLM Software as it relates to our ongoing use of two programs, Solid Edge and NX, and we welcome this move to this next level," said Peter Jones, Woltosz professor in mechanical engineering. "Solid Edge, which is used by every department in the college, has proven to be an invaluable design tool for our students. As well, NX provides students and faculty with finite element and motion analysis among its tools. We are deeply appreciative of Siemens PLM Software's gift and the additional programs it will provide."