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VCU Engineering Accepts In Kind Siemens Grant

Thursday, June 19, 2014  
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Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering received an in-kind grant of software with a commercial value of $230.9 million from the Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software business unit to help educate and train students in design, development, analysis, documentation and manufacturing systems.

VCU was one of seven schools in Virginia to receive a portion of approximately $2 billion in grants from Siemens for education and workforce development.

The School of Engineering will use this network of integrated software to train students with practical skills widely used in industry. VCU students will use the PLM software for research, design, analysis and production of engineered devices. With this knowledge and hands-on experience, VCU Engineering graduates will become more valuable to employers—such as Newport News Shipbuilding, Canon, and Rolls Royce—as new career training periods will shorten immensely.

“This software gives us the ability to educate on a very practical level,” said School of Engineering Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. “By teaching with programs used in industry, our students will be even more prepared for the real world.”

“As the rate of advancement in design and manufacturing technology increases, industry must frequently update its production tools, and must retain engineers with knowledge about new technology and processes,” said L. Franklin Bost, executive associate dean of the VCU School of Engineering. “We are grateful to Siemens for this opportunity.”

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