Software Will Help Prepare Students to Take Advantage of Manufacturing Resurgence
At a ceremony today that included the Governor of Virginia, the Siemens Corporation announced more than $1 billion in software grants to seven colleges and universities, including ECPI. ECPI University 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.
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 the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Virginia Manufacturers Association and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SHVEC) – an organization that provides workforce training to the rural population.
“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 industry.”
“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. 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.