Clemson University on Friday received the largest grant-in-kind in its history from Siemens, a global technology company, with software the company has provided at a commercial value of more than $357 million.
Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Bob Jones told South Carolina Radio Network that the software will help train the next-generation engineering workforce. “And now our students are going to have the opportunity use absolutely world class cutting edge software,” Jones said.
The software will be incorporated into student coursework and projects related to computer-aided-design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing and manufacturing management in Clemson’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. By providing students with hands-on experience with this software in academic programs, Clemson is preparing a highly-skilled STEM workforce for the advanced manufacturing industry.
Through the in-kind investment, Clemson students now will have access to the same Siemens product life-cycle management (PLM) software used by more than 140,000 companies throughout the global manufacturing industry, including 35 in South Carolina, 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.
Siemens chose Clemson because the company felt that the university’s programs are excellent. “Because Clemson has such strong engineering programs where this PLM software fits in very nicely,” said Jones.