Siemens PLM will enhance its 25-year working relationship with Penn State University by offering students access to its product lifecycle management (PLM) software. The goal is to enhance Penn State academic and research programs. Students at Penn State will now have access to the same Siemens PLM software used by manufacturers globally. The PLM grant extends the breadth and depth of the relationship between Siemens and Penn State in healthcare, infrastructure, energy, and sustainability.
The in-kind grant -- to the tune of $750 million -- is designed to support programs at nine Penn State Commonwealth Campuses in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania. Campuses will incorporate PLM software into student coursework and research related to computer-aided-design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing, and manufacturing management. Penn State Great Valley will use the software as it builds a new Engineering Center and Multidisciplinary Engineering Design degree program in conjunction with the Abington and Brandywine campuses.
As manufacturing grows in North America, it is becoming more sophisticated and requires greater skills from its workforce. Manufacturers have recently voiced concerns that a sophisticated manufacturing workforce is getting thin. Siemens responded to these concerns with PLM software grants in Virginia schools earlier this year. The goal was to make sure students are exposed to the actual software tools used by industry.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 200 businesses that use Siemens PLM software, including employers such as FMC Technologies and Kennametal Inc. "Manufacturing is the most sophisticated, forward-looking, and innovative business function in the world today and we need to let students know what these jobs look like and what students need to learn in order to get them," Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens USA, noted in a press release. "Our enhanced partnership offers students valuable academic and workforce opportunities to start careers in this high-tech industry."