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SVHEC receives Siemens software grant worth $94 million
SoVaNow.com / October 07, 2013The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center has received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, with a commercial value of $94 million.
The SVHEC will adopt the software for students training in Product Design & Development - a program offered in partnership with Danville Community College - and for use in the R&D Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency. R&D CAMEE will use Siemens PLM software for workforce training, and to resolve advanced manufacturing product development and process solutions for regional business and industry.
The software adoption gives students and industries across southern Virginia 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.
The in-kind grant for the SVHEC includes Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter portfolio, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software, 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.
“The SVHEC is excited to work with Siemens PLM Software to provide industry-leading technology in the classroom. This partnership strengthens our continuing efforts to meet the needs of employers and prepare students for significant high-paying STEM careers,” said Dr. Betty H. Adams, SVHEC executive director.
“Siemens PLM Software is pleased to provide this software to the SVHEC so students can leverage the same technology used by leading multi-national manufacturing companies. It allows them to gain the technical experience needed in a highly competitive job market that requires deep knowledge of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes,” said Bill Boswell, senior director, partner strategy, Siemens PLM Software.
The in-kind grant was provided by Siemens PLM Software’s academic program that delivers PLM software technology to more than one million students yearly at more than 11,000 global institutions. The software provided is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs.
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- By danny lamberth on 10 / 07 / 13
CommentsTitle here, SVHEC receives Siemens software grant worth $94 million, is misleading.
No money has been transferred from German-based Siemens to SVHEC.
You haven't explicitly defined what an in-kind grant is. It is not monetary, rather it's an offering of a product or a service... Siemens' CAD Design Product Lifecycle Software for educational purposes.
That $94 million valuation is based on both Siemens corporate and licensed delivered product value.
Don't want to rain entirely on Betty Adams' parade. Betty did have the insight to apply for that grant. Access to this software has real value, certainly attendance at SVHEC Product Design & Development should increase. Yet the continuing long-run irony remains: the general absence of local, gainful positions requiring advanced CAD skill. Sort of like making 100 violins available for instruction w/out a local orchestra.
- By in_kind_grant on 10 / 08 / 13
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