Students at West Virginia University in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will now be utilizing the same Product Lifecycle Management Software that is used by world-wide leading companies. This is possible thanks to a generous grant from the Siemens PLM (GO PLM™ Initiative). This program is designed to bring PLM technology to nearly 11,000 institutions reaching more than one million students. PLM will be practiced at all levels of these institutions – from grade school all the way to graduate level engineering and research. This grant will benefit over 700 students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The range of software includes Siemens PLM Software’s NX™
software for integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering,
and Solid Edge® software, a complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system
for the mainstream market.
From Siemens PLM Senior Director of Parnet Strategy – Bill Boswell – “As product complexity continues to grow, students who are able to use PLM technology are expected to be highly recruited. We are honored to have WVU listed among our prestigious partners to assist in
building the next generation of engineers and support manufacturing
revitalization efforts across the country.” The software being integrated includes popular add on applications that are used by some of the largest companies in many different industries around the world. More than half of Industry Week’s listed manufacturing companies use Siemens PLM Software – and 80% of automotive, aerospace, machinery, and high-tech companies use the software.
WVU can be added the list of highly nationally-accredited institutions using Siemens PLM Software such as Massachusets Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Virginia Tech, and Auburn University. “In-kind gifts are
crucial to the advancement of WVU’s academic programs
and the students. The importance of in-kind giving, especially software, is
ever increasing. Students must be able to gain hands-on experience with the
resources used in their future careers. Software of this magnitude is cost
prohibitive for WVU to purchase, yet it is
essential to expose students to this critical component in their education,” said Wayne King – President and CEO of the WVU Foundation.”