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Siemens donates $522M in software to Western University

Western University students will now be using the same technology that businesses use to design some of today's most sophisticated products



LONDON, Ont.—Siemens has donated $522 million in engineering software to Western University through its Siemens PLM Software Partnership.

Western University students will now be using the same technology in its Faculty of Engineering classrooms that businesses around the world use to design some of today’s most sophisticated products.

Siemens PLM Software is a developer of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services for a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, medical devices, shipbuilding and electronics.

Access to the software for course work, research and other academic studies means Western University’s engineering students will develop the advanced skills required by the more than 77,000 companies around the world that use Siemens’ software and technology, including 29 of the world’s top 30 automakers.

This in-kind grant for Western includes Siemens PLM Software’s NX software, an integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering.

“Siemens PLM Software is committed to providing students with the opportunity to learn on the PLM tools used by many leading manufacturers and technology companies. Through our academic partnership with Western University, we are empowering the next generation of engineers,” says Dora Smith, global director for the Academic Partner Program at Siemens PLM Software.

Western Engineering Dean Andrew Hrymak is pleased to partner with a global corporation that is on the leading edge of PLM technology.

“This partnership enables us to meet the needs of employers while preparing our students for a variety of STEM-related careers,” says Hrymak. “Our students will gain real-world experience during their studies by using the same technology in the classroom that is used by companies all over the world.”

London, Ont.-based Longterm Technology Services Inc., a Siemens distributor, worked closely with Western and Siemens PLM Software to implement the partnership.

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