Howard to Receive $70 Million Technology Gift
The Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) have selected Howard University to join its academic partnership and receive an in-kind contribution of software and other technology valued at $70.6 million. The in-kind contribution, the largest in the university’s history, includes computer-based product management, engineering, design and manufacturing software as well as hardware and training.
A corporate alliance between General Motors Corp., EDS, Sun Microsystems Inc., and UGS, PACE was formed in 1999 to enhance engineering, science and art curricula that prepares students for careers in the automotive, technology and engineering fields.
PACE’s contribution supports “The Campaign for Howard: Leadership for America and the Global Community,” a five-year initiative to raise $250 million. Launched in March 2002, the campaign aims to harness resources to enhance the university’s academic programs and create new facilities for research and learning. To date, the campaign totals more than $163 million in contributions.
“The PACE partnership greatly enhances our interdisciplinary science and research capabilities,” said Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert. “It plays a critical role in ensuring that Howard maintains its place among the elite research universities in America.”
The software Howard will receive includes modeling and simulation programs such as NX(tm), Teamcenter®, MSC Nastran and Fluent. These programs will enable students to design projects from airplanes, to hybrid vehicles or biomedical devices. For example, the Fluent software allows a user to design and run a simulation of blood flowing through arteries and veins, or the movement of liquid through an engine.
Other PACE institutions include Northwestern University, Virginia Tech and Purdue University.
For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit <www.Howard.edu>.
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