Siemens has awarded Virginia State University $105.6 million of in-kind software grants for six of its technology focused programs: manufacturing engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electronics engineering technology, logistics technology and mechanical engineering technology. The award, which will support student research, is part of more than $1 billion of in-kind software grants Siemens presented to manufacturing programs at community colleges and universities in Virginia.
According to the company’s statement, students will have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.
“This grant allows our students to train on the cutting edge of technology,” said Keith T. Miller, president of VSU. “This software will allow students to see things from a different perspective and discover the possibilities in advanced manufacturing.”
The awards were presented at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, of which Siemens is a founding corporate member and Virginia State is a founding university partner.
Siemens presented a similar grant to Florida A&M last February.