GW’s engineering students will now have access to some of the top software in its field, thanks to a collaboration with Siemens.
The partnership will give students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science access to $30 million worth of software and is the first phase of a multi-phase partnership with the University.
“Obviously a lot of the work that’s done these days requires sophisticated software,” University President Steven Knapp said in an interview. “Siemens is really at the forefront of a lot of advanced manufacturing technology.”
The product lifecycle management software, which is already available at universities across the country, will allow students to work with programs they otherwise wouldn’t have experience with until after graduation.
Matt Bruce, an academic director of Americas Velocity Program for Siemens’ product lifecycle management, said students will be able to use the software for projects like creating 3D state-of-the-art models.
He added that students enrolled in programs at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will be able to use the software for collaborative projects with students at SEAS.
“Delivering the industry’s most advanced product lifecycle management technology, Siemens product lifecycle management software provides students with the skills, knowledge and experience required to stand out in today’s highly competitive economy, and better prepare them for entering the workforce,” he said.
The announcement was made during the grand opening of the Science and Engineering Hall. The $275 million complex, which has been in the works for more than a decade, opened for classes in January and houses 118 faculty from GW’s engineering and science departments.
Funding for the building changed after administrators revealed earlier this year that plans to pay for the space using government subsidies and donations fell through. The complex will now be paid from solely from income from the University’s The Avenue property.
Board of Trustees Chairman Nelson Carbonell thanked all of those who helped to open the Science and Engineering Hall, but asked them to continue to support the building through the years.
“All of use here collectively feel responsible for making this a success but I wanted to call on each and every one of you as individuals to do your part,” he said. “If each of us take on that responsibility then each of our efforts to get here will be worth while.”