Siemens Invests More Than $1 Billion in Software Grants for Virginia Schools
to Educate and Train Workers for Manufacturing Industry
Richmond, VA, June 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today from theCommonwealth
Center for Advanced Manufacturing(CCAM), an applied research center that
provides production-ready manufacturing solutions, Siemens announced more than
one billion dollars of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at
community colleges and universities in Virginia. Students will now have access
to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used
throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and
manufacture some of the world's most sophisticated products in a variety of
industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical
devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.
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The series of in-kind grants was established as a result of an industry need
for skilled workers and is designed to support the state's largest industrial
employer, Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls
Industries, and other companies with local ties such as Rolls-Royce. The
grants are part of ongoing workforce development collaboration among community
colleges, universities and organizations like CCAM, theVirginia Manufacturers
Associationand the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SHVEC) - an
organization that provides workforce training to the rural population.
"The manufacturing industry in America is on the rise and is being transformed
by a software revolution that is enhancing productivity, increasing efficiency
and speeding time to market," said Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO,
Siemens PLM Software. "Here in Virginia where shipbuilding is core to the
state's economy, it's important we equip students with the tools that will
help them build the world's most complex ships for the U.S. Navy, such as the
Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers."
"I was pleased to be with Siemens today as they announced that they are
investing more than $1 billion in in-kind software grants for Virginia
Schools, including community colleges and universities. These grants will help
educate and train workers for the manufacturing industry and will also allow
students to have access to Siemens software that is used throughout the global
manufacturing industry," said Governor Terry McAuliffe. "This investment in
education and in workforce development is key to my vision to build a 21st
century economy where workers, providers, and entrepreneurs want to invest and
produce in our growing Commonwealth."
Seven academic partners throughout the state are receiving in-kind software
grants to support curriculum and training programs including:
• Thomas Nelson Community College- $954.7M: Siemens software will support
training in manufacturing process analysis and lifecycle management to expand
and modernize manufacturing curriculum in design and process technologies for
up to 400 credit students and 2,600 noncredit workforce students to address
workforce development needs for area employers, to include Newport News
•New River Community College- $64.3M: Siemens' software to be used in the
school's new the NRCC MakerSpace Lab.
•Old Dominion University- $746M: An academic member of CCAM, the grant will
help ODU further expand the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) workforce
training programming that provides direct benefits to the regional maritime
industry, especially Newport News Shipbuilding and the U.S. Department of
Defense. The software will be integrated into existing undergraduate and
graduate curriculum and help develop a PLM center of excellence with a focus
on marine engineering.
•Virginia Commonwealth University- $230.9M: From robotics to biomechanics,
the School of Engineering is partnering with School of Business to develop a
program in manufacturing and logistics.
•Virginia State University- $105.6M: The software will support six programs
at VSU, an organizing member institution of CCAM: Manufacturing Engineering,
Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics Engineering Technology,
Logistics Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology.
•ECPI University- $130.3M: The Engineering Technology department will use
this software to support hands on practical application and directly benefit
industry through three programs - Electrical Engineering Technology,
Mechanical Engineering Technology and Mechatronics (Advanced Manufacturing).
•Southern Virginia Higher Education Center- $33M: In addition to a $94M
in-kind software grant last fall, SVHEC is expanding its use of Siemens PLM
software to support digital manufacturing.
"This grant will allow Thomas Nelson to provide our students and community
with access to state-of-the-art education and training in these high demand
technology industries," said Thomas Nelson President John Dever. "The Siemens
software will have a significant economic impact to Hampton Roads and will
allow Thomas Nelson to increase the number and quality of curricular offerings
to the growing workforce in our region."
"We are tremendously appreciative of this grant from Siemens PLM, which
represents state-of-practice software for managing every aspect of product
information from its development, design, manufacturing, to its support and
maintenance," said Old Dominion University Dean Oktay Baysal. "The software
will be integrated into existing as well as new undergraduate and graduate
curriculum and will help develop a Product Lifecycle Management center of
excellence with a focus on marine engineering."
Virginia Commonwealth University Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. said, "This
software gives us the ability to educate on a very practical level. By
teaching with programs used in industry, our students will be even more
prepared for the real world."
"These grants from Siemens epitomize the collaborative partnerships that CCAM
represents," said VSU President Keith T. Miller. "The research these funds
will allow us to accomplish will, in turn, be returned to our CCAM partners
and utilized in their processes."
"I remember vividly the day when I was first introduced to the Siemens PLM
system," says ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio.
"I was so impressed with what they had developed that it caused me to reflect
on my 27 years in advanced manufacturing. We are excited to be partnered with
such a forward-thinking company as Siemens. The PLM software package fills a
tremendous need, providing the interoperability software component that will
take the industry to new levels of performance. In combination with our
hands-on application engineering, this PLM software system will add even more
value to our students skill set as they enter and continue to support
"We are excited to expand our partnership with Siemens as we grow our digital
manufacturing and Mechatronics capabilities," said Dr.Betty Adams SVHEC
Executive Director. "This investment strengthensour continuing efforts to
meet the needs of employers and prepare students for significant high-paying
As software plays an increasing role in the next era of manufacturing,
students and faculty will use the software in assignments and research related
to computer-aided-design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital
manufacturing and manufacturing management. The in-kind grants will also help
to expand and modernize manufacturing curriculum in design and process
technologies. By using the software in their course work, academic and
research projects, students can develop the advanced skills sought after by
the more than 77,000 customers who utilize Siemens' software and technology
solutions worldwide. This includes nearly 90 companies throughout the region
and Commonwealth of Virginia who rely on Siemens' PLM and CAD software
including employers such as: Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce and
Orbital Sciences Corp.
Newport News Shipbuilding is transitioning to this software for use on the
next class of aircraft carriers, the Gerald R. Ford class for the U.S. Navy.
Longer than three football fields, this is the most complex ship in the world,
and it can accommodate a crew of about 4,500 sailors and more than 75
aircraft. To better address the shipbuilding industry's requirements, Siemens
PLM Software maintains a Shipbuilding Center of Excellence in Newport News,
VA, to help the shipbuilding industry create value by optimizing its use of
PLM software. Siemens announced in March the creation of a Shipbuilding
Catalyst, a pre-packaged combination of industry-specific best practice
guides, templates and tailored software that integrates and synchronizes
shipbuilding operations across the supply chain.
"Manufacturing is the most sophisticated, forward-looking and innovative
business function in the world today, and we need to let students, parents and
administrators know what these jobs look like and what students need to learn
in order to get them," said Eric Spiegel, president and CEO, Siemens USA.
"This partnership can serve as an economic catalyst for the region, the state
and the country."
In addition to today's announcement, Siemens has already invested more than $1
billion providing software to several Virginia academic institutions including
CCAM, SVHEC, Virginia State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and
the Lee County Career and Technology Center. As part of this effort, Siemens
is also working with theVirginia Manufacturers Associationon a credentialing
pathway at community colleges for manufacturing technicians as well as to
improve the perception of careers in manufacturing. This work is being done
through the Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) network, a free career resource
tool built by Virginia's advanced technology sector to help individuals learn
more about exciting fields of possible future employment.
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation
Division, is a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM)
software, systems and services with nine million licensed seats and 77,000
customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software helps
thousands of companies make great products by optimizing their lifecycle
processes, from planning and development through manufacturing and support.
Our HD-PLM vision is to give everyone involved in making a product the
information they need, when they need it, to make the smartest decision.
Siemens Industry Sectoris the world's leading supplier of innovative and
environmentally friendly products, solutions and services for industrial
customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software,
solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the sector
enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency and flexibility.
Siemens Corporationis a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse in
electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy,
healthcare, and infrastructure & cities sectors. For more than 165 years,
Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation and the quality of
its products, services and solutions. With 362,000 employees in 190
countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of approximately $100 billion in
fiscal 2013. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $24.3 billion, including
$5.9 billion in exports, and employs approximately 52,000 people throughout
all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Manufacturing a New Middle Class: A Software Revolution
Siemens announced a new, multi-city effort to advance the software revolution
that is driving the manufacturing resurgence in America and training the next
generation workforce. Through the initiative called "Manufacturing a New
Middle Class: The Software Revolution," Siemens' PLM Software (product
lifecycle management) business is partnering with academic institutions across
the country to address workforce and education gaps. Recent studies such as
the Economist, found that while 70 percent of colleges and universities
believe they adequately prepare students with the skills they need for today's
jobs, nearly 70 percent of employers say just the opposite.
In order to fully benefit from the increased productivity and efficiency
delivered through software's integration into manufacturing, Siemens' is
investing in workforce development to ensure workers have the skills needed
today and in the future. Training the next generation also helps to lift up
the manufacturing base and to serve as an economic catalyst. The U.S., as the
world's leading software innovator, has a leg up in the global manufacturing
race. This cutting-edge, software training will help to create a workforce of
the future, while building up manufacturing's supply chain to support various
industries, and driving economic development and growth in communities and
regions across the U.S.
Siemens' software and other technologies are used in nearly every
manufacturing environment in the world to improve productivity and efficiency
and students trained on these systems are able to operate in any manufacturing
facility. Through the GO PLM Software Academic Partnership program, Siemens'
provides in-kind grants of engineering and product management software each
year to more than one million students at 12,000 global institutions, a third
of which are in the U.S.
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