News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 28, 2011

Rose-Hulman receives $27.8M in-kind software grant from Siemens

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — An international company has given Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology a $27.8 million in-kind software grant, the largest in-kind corporate donation in college history.

The gift from Siemens PLM Software will give the college and its students the latest, hands-on training tools to prepare the next generation of engineers for innovative, high-tech careers.

“This partnership, and the state-of-the-art software that it provides, will keep Rose-Hulman on the cutting edge of new technology,” said Rose-Hulman president Matt Branam. “Our graduates will be more competitive in the global marketplace.”

Rose-Hulman students will be able to rapidly develop 3-dimensional solid models for product development and use state-of-the-art, industry-standard computer software.

The software gift gives Rose-Hulman access to PLM technology, which otherwise would be out of reach for the academic community, said Bill Boswell, senior director of partner strategy for Siemens PLM Software. The software gives students “a distinct advantage by being able to use the same PLM technology widely-used by leading multi-national manufacturing companies around the globe,” he said.

Siemens PLM Software, headquartered in Plano, Texas, is a business unit of Siemens Industry Automation division.

According to Boswell, “The experience gained in the use of these tools better prepares students for today’s highly-competitive manufacturing jobs requiring full knowledge of modern technologies and tools,” Boswell said.

The software will be used by Rose-Hulman students, through the electrical engineering and computer engineering programs, as they design a car for the U.S. Department of Energy’s “EcoCAR2: Plugging Into the Future” vehicle development competition.

Rose-Hulman is one of 15 North American colleges participating in this three-year engineering design contest.

The gift “definitely takes our students to a new level and surpasses any design collaboration software currently available on campus,” said Zac Chambers, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of Rose-Hulman's Advanced Transportation Systems program.  The grant software will “enable our students to leave Rose-Hulman with experiences on the forefront of industry product development.”