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Siemens Gifts VSU Advanced Software

Published date: June 10, 2014

Siemens has awarded Virginia State University $105.6 million in software that will support six technology-focused programs. The VSU award was part of more than $1 billion of in-kind software grants Siemens presented to manufacturing programs at community colleges and universities in Virginia. The awards were presented at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, of which Siemens is a founding corporate member and VSU is a founding university partner.  The VSU software grant will support student research in Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics Engineering Technology, Logistics Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology. 

The  software grant provides VSU students with access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) 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. 

“This grant allows our students to train on the cutting edge of technology,” said VSU President Keith T. Miller.  “This software will allow students to see things from a different perspective and discover the possibilities in advanced manufacturing.” 

The series of in-kind grants was established as a result of an industry need for skilled workers and is designed to support the state’s largest industrial employer, Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, and other companies with local ties such as Rolls-Royce. The grants are part of ongoing workforce development collaboration among community colleges, universities and organizations like CCAM, the Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center - an organization that provides workforce training to the rural population. 

“The manufacturing industry in America is on the rise and is being transformed by a software revolution that is enhancing productivity, increasing efficiency and speeding time to market,” said Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO, Siemens PLM Software.

President Miller heralded the grant as a direct benefit of the partnerships CCAM was established to foster. “Organizations like Siemens and VSU have to work together to build the synergy we need to compete in a global environment,” he said.  

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