George Washington University engineering students will have access to the same design tools used throughout the global manufacturing industry, thanks to a $30 million grant in software licenses from Siemens.
The software will enhance programs in GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and strengthen a long-standing partnership between the technology corporation and the university.
The Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software is used to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding and high-tech electronics. Hundreds of businesses throughout the greater Washington metro area rely on Siemens’ PLM software, including employers such as Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, NASA and the U.S. Navy.
“We are deeply grateful to Siemens for so generously providing these invaluable tools to our faculty and students,” George Washington President Steven Knapp said.
With its U.S. headquarters in Washington, D.C., Siemens has worked with the university on a variety of programs. They include recruiting graduates to build a talent pipeline in U.S industries, fostering interest in STEM fields through the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, and executing energy efficiency and building automation projects.
“As the university expands its focus on research, Siemens is pleased to grow our relationship with GW to include leading-edge technology and training initiatives. Access to our software will help to better prepare these students for high-quality STEM and advanced manufacturing jobs,” said Eric Spiegel, Siemens USA president and CEO.
As software plays an increasing role in the next era of manufacturing, SEAS will incorporate PLM software into student course work and research related to computer-aided design, engineering simulation, creative engineering design, digital manufacturing and manufacturing management. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for instance, will use Siemens PLM software to design off-road vehicles and rockets for collegiate competitions.
Through this enhanced alliance, students will develop the advanced manufacturing and design skills sought after by the more than 77,000 global customers who utilize Siemens’ software and technology solutions.
“Grants like this, which support student innovation, create their own ripple effect for good, as some of the ideas they spawn eventually make their way out to the larger society in the form of better engineering products,” said SEAS Dean David Dolling.
The grant was announced during the opening celebration of GW’s Science and Engineering Hall, the largest academic building dedicated to science and engineering in the nation’s capital.