Friday, November 21, 2014
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Marshall University receives in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University today announced it has received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, with a commercial value of nearly $134 million.

The in-kind grant gives students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics and many more.

Graduates with this type of software training are highly-recruited candidates for advanced technology jobs.

Marshall President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp said the university is excited to work with Siemens to provide industry-leading technology in its classrooms.

"By using the same technology in the classroom that is used by companies all over the world, our students gain important real-world experience that will serve them well after graduation," he said.

Bill Boswell, senior director, partner strategy, Siemens PLM Software, said, "Siemens PLM Software is dedicated to helping develop the next generation of highly trained and highly qualified engineers and technologists. Our academic partnership with Marshall University encourages students to pursue careers that will revitalize manufacturing in the U.S. and around the world."

The in-kind grant for Marshall includes Siemens PLM Software's:

  • NX software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE); and
  • Solid Edge software, the most complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system.

Dr. Gayle L. Ormiston, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, added, "We are pleased to partner with a global corporation that is on the leading edge of PLM technology. Our school could not develop the next generation of engineers without the support of this state-of-the-art technology from Siemens PLM Software. This partnership enables us to meet the needs of employers and prepare students for these high-paying careers in science, technology, engineering and math."

Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering, also thanked Siemens PLM Software, saying, "This generous grant will enable our students to better prepare for successful advanced technology careers. It is exceptionally valuable because it helps us train our students for tomorrow's jobs using one of the best engineering design software solutions available."

Dr. Asad A. Salem, professor and chairman of the university's Weisberg Division of Engineering, said, "Our students are excited to have access to this industry-leading technology, and we are grateful to Siemens for its commitment to advance education opportunities for our students."

Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services. NX and Solid Edge are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and in other countries.

The in-kind grant was provided by the Siemens PLM Software's academic program that delivers PLM software for schools at every academic level.