The Washington Times - June 2, 2009, 11:36AM

Howard University and their students are the beneficiaries of a substantial gift of software from Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the German-based conglomerate. According to a news release

Siemens PLM Software, a division of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, [on June 2] announced a series of in-kind software grants valued at more than $150 million to Howard University. Taken together, the grants represent the largest in the history of Howard University.


Siemens PLM Software made this announcement in conjunction with the Business Software Alliance CEO Forum, a gathering of chief executives from the software and computer hardware industry being held in Washington D.C. Siemens PLM Software CEO Tony Affuso and the other executives discuss the economy and technology policy issues with senior officials in the Obama Administration and in Congress, highlighting the many ways that information technology delivers solutions to the nation’s most pressing economic and social challenges.

The in-kind grants were made through Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLMTM Program and include engineering software, student/instructor training and specialized certification programs. Designed for engineering, engineering technology, manufacturing, industrial design, and design and drafting programs, these software tools are instrumental in educating the next generation of PLM engineers and technologists and preparing them for future careers.

We want to express our gratitude to Siemens PLM Software for their generous donation. By using the same world-class design and engineering tools that leading-edge companies use, we’re strengthening our engineering curriculum and ensuring that our students gain the essential knowledge and practical experience necessary to prepare them to enter the workforce as future engineers,” said James H. Johnson, Jr., Dean College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, Howard University, in a statement released by the Siemens unit.

Our customers include some of the world’s most innovative companies and they rely on our software solutions to design and develop some of the most widely used products and services across various industries including consumer packaged goods, high tech and electronics, automotive, aerospace and defense, among others,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Siemens PLM Software. “When looking for new employees, these companies are far more likely to select a candidate that is well-versed with the tools that are utilized in their organization. We’re proud to be expanding our software grant program across schools and universities nationwide, and helping to facilitate and nurture the careers of the next generation of engineers.”