Siemens provides Clemson tech grant worth $357 million

Nov. 7, 2016
In-kind software grant to help train next-generation engineering workforce and provide students access to software used by manufacturers worldwide.

Siemens, a global technology company, has provided Clemson University the largest grant-in-kind in school history. The software the company has provided holds a commercial value of $357,224,294.

Software will be incorporated into student coursework and projects related to computer-aided-design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing and manufacturing management in Clemson’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. By providing students with hands-on experience with this software, Clemson is preparing a highly-skilled STEM workforce for the advanced manufacturing industry.

Through the in-kind investment, Clemson students now will have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used by more than 140,000 companies throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture products in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding and high-tech electronics.

This academic partnership will help students compete for jobs throughout the world, and aid in building a workforce equipped with the skills needed for the high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

“Preparing students to be highly competitive in the 21st century global economy is a central part of Clemson’s mission, and this new partnership with Siemens will provide our students with access to cutting-edge technical tools that can make them even more attractive to future employers – especially many of the world-class, advanced manufacturing companies operating in South Carolina,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “We are extremely grateful to Siemens, a global technology leader, for this substantial, student-focused grant and look forward to building on our innovative partnership in the future.”

Siemens similarly announced a partnership with the University of Cincinnati in September to establish a simulation and modeling center that employed Siemens software.