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Wichita State receives in-kind grant from Siemens PLM Software

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wichita State University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering has received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software.

The grant provides students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on to develop innovative products in a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding and high-tech electronics.

The in-kind grant came about when WSU’s Charles Yang, professor of aerospace engineering, inquired about the availability of software that many local aircraft companies use for structural analysis. The FemapTM software is used to design models for complex engineering problems.

Charles Yang
Charles Yang

“We would like to thank Siemens PLM Software for their grant with a commercial value of more than $135,000,” said Yang. “This grant of advanced engineering software enables us to provide better experience-based engineering education for our students and to better prepare them for successful advanced technology careers.”

Graduates with this type of software training are highly recruited candidates for advanced technology jobs. Siemens’ academic program delivers technology to more than 1 million students yearly at more than 11,000 global institutions. It provides software used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs.

“Siemens PLM Software is dedicated to equipping today’s students with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve the next generation of engineers,” said Bill Boswell, senior director, partner strategy, Siemens PLM Software. “Wichita State University serves a key role in filling the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) job skills gap and producing highly qualified future employees.”

Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management software and services with 7 million licensed seats and more than 71,000 customers worldwide.

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