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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville's J. B. Speed School of Engineering has announced that Siemens PLM Software has given an in-kind grant of software, worth $427 million, according to a news release.
The software will, "allow students to use and benefit from the same technology that a wide variety of global industries use to develop their products," the release states.
U of L President James Ramsey called the grant a "generous gift," adding that "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 release states. 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.
"It's an improved simulation package, so we can take -- partially build -- more to the limit than we have in the past," said Alex Bays, a mechanical engineering student. "One of the big things is the weight of the car, so if we can design lighter parts that are going to still last, that's where one of the benefits will be."
"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."
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 global provider of PLM software and services with more than 71,000 customers worldwide.