U of L receives large in-kind software grant


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering today announced that Siemens PLM Software has given an in-kind grant of software that will allow students to use and benefit from the same technology that a wide variety of global industries use to develop their products. The software has a commercial value of $427 million.

    “This is a generous gift from Siemens PLM Software,” UofL President James Ramsey said. “It will allow our students to work with the same tools used by industry and give them real-world experience.”

    Using the PLM (product lifecycle management) software throughout the curriculum should enable students to increase their capabilities through learning how design, simulation, tooling, manufacturing and disposal are connected and interdependent. The software also may be used on projects such as construction of the Speed School Baja racing team’s vehicle or the small rockets students develop for competitions.

    “As product complexity continues to grow, students who are able to use PLM technology are expected to be highly recruited,” said Bill Boswell, Siemens PLM Software senior director for partner strategy. “We are honored to have the University of Louisville listed among our prestigious partners to assist in building the next generation of engineers and support manufacturing revitalization efforts across the country.”

    Speed School Dean Neville Pinto called the software grant “an excellent example of collaboration between industry and academia to prepare a globally competitive engineering workforce. The generous gift from Siemens will provide our faculty with an advanced teaching tool to educate Speed School students in all aspects of product development.”

    The software products include NX™ for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering; Solid Edge® for 2-D/3-D computer-aided design; Teamcenter® portfolio for digital lifecycle management; and Tecnomatix® portfolio for digital manufacturing. Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of PLM software and services with more than 71,000 customers worldwide. The company’s Global Opportunities in PLM (GO PLM™) initiative delivers technology to more than 1 million students annually at every academic level at more than 11,000 global institutions.

    Other institutions that have partnered with Siemens PLM Software include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, Virginia Tech and Auburn University. Industry users include automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding and high-tech electronics.

    For more information, call Pinto at 502-852-6281.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.