Grant to enrich engineering education

August 11, 2009

ASU will enrich its engineering education and provide students more advanced preparation to enter the work force through an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software to ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering announced today.

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With a commercial value of nearly $245 million, it is the largest in-kind grant in the university’s history.

The grant was made through the Siemens PLM Software Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management program – called GO PLM™ – and includes engineering software, student/instructor training and specialized software certification programs.

ASU graduates with training on such industry-leading design software are more attractive to prospective employers. 

“Advanced tools such as the PLM Software are essential to preparing our engineers for the challenges they will face in an increasingly complex and global economy," says Deirdre Meldrum, the dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. "They will be able to meet demand for designing and analyzing systems that transcend traditional boundaries.”

“This gift from Siemens aligns with our vision of leading engineering education and research that sparks innovation, and enables engineers to improve the quality of life,” Meldrum says.

“Today’s leading manufacturing and technology companies compete on the basis of time to market, product cost, quality and innovation,” says Dave Shirk, the executive vice president of Global Marketing for Siemens PLM Software. “It’s quite clear that today’s best students in top programs, such as the program at ASU, must benefit through opportunities to gain experience with technology that supports these objectives.”

ASU now joins other leading universities with which Siemens has similar academic partnerships or has made similar in-kind gifts, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State University, Brigham Young University, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Carnegie Mellon and Purdue.

Adam Dixon, an ASU graduate student, says training on the Siemens PLM Software “will make ASU engineering grads more marketable. It will definitely open more doors.”

"Many companies use the software because of its superiority,” says Dixon, who is studying engineering design and works in ASU’s Design Automation Lab. “Having access to this innovative technology gives us a clear advantage in the work force. “

Jami Shah, a professor in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and director of the Design Automation Lab, says Siemens PLM Software “has an extremely generous academic license program. Siemens realizes the important responsibility industry has in contributing to higher education."

"Our mechanical and aerospace engineering graduates go to work for major engineering companies that all use these kinds of high-end computer-aided design and finite element analysis software packages,” Shah says. “This is why it’s important to instruct students with tools such as PLM Software’s NX™.”

“We’ve used Siemens’ PLM Software’s state-of-the-art software products for nearly 25 years,” he says.

The academic license program allows students to use engineering analysis packages such as NX, IDEAS and Nastran to perform critical engineering tasks such as stress and failure simulation, vibration and dynamics analyses and thermal analyses.

“The software is a great teaching tool because it makes everything transparent,” Shah says. “It clearly shows the student how the results of any design work or engineering analysis were computed. You can see and control the workings of the software packages.”

Troy Howe, a senior studying mechanical and aerospace engineering, says the computer-aided design program “has been invaluable to my progress.”

Howe uses the program at work to build 3-D models and drawing schematics.

“My training in class gave me the confidence and ability to complete my projects quickly and accurately,” he says. “It has helped me draw praise for the quality of my work. So I’m looking forward to next semester when I’ll take the advanced computer-aided engineering class with the new Siemens software.”  

Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ initiative leads the industry in the commercial value of the in-kind grants it provides and brings together four complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development and the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) program. GO PLM provides PLM technology to more than 1,000,000 students yearly at nearly 10,200 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from middle schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on the GO PLM program, visit the Web site">">...

ASU is creating a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access.  This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves.  Its research is inspired by real-world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines.  ASU serves more than 67,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 nations across the globe. A comprehensive public metropolitan research university enrolling more than 60,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on four campuses, ASU is a federation of unique colleges, schools, departments, and research institutes that comprise close-knit but diverse academic communities that are international in scope.  ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. More information on ASU can be found online at" target="_blank">

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University serves more than 4,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, providing skills and knowledge for shaping careers marked by innovation and societal impact. Ranked nationally in the top 50 among engineering schools rated by U.S. News & World Report, the school engages in use-inspired research in a multidisciplinary setting for the benefit of individuals, society and the environment. Its 200-plus faculty members teach and pursue research in areas of electrical, industrial, chemical, mechanical, aerospace, civil, environmental, materials and energy engineering, as well as bioengineering, computer science and biomedical informatics. For more information on the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, visit the Web site" target="_blank">

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly six million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide.  Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products.  For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit the Web site"> /> 
The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 42,900 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Automation achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.7 billion. More information on Siemens Industry Automation Division can be found online at

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Top Arizona businesses named Spirit of Enterprise Award finalists

August 11, 2009

Despite these rough economic times, some of the best businesses in Arizona are being honored for helping to boost our economy and our community. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is naming 10 businesses as this year's Spirit of Enterprise Award finalists. The awards recognize companies that demonstrate ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship.

Past award winners include such big names as Cold Stone Creamery and Sundt Construction, Inc., as well as success stories like the resurrection of the historic Grand Canyon Railway from near-bankruptcy to a flourishing business. Download Full Image

This year's finalists are:

1. Answer-1 Communications, a telephone answering and remote receptionist service that emphasizes efficiency and excellent customer service through the extensive use of technology, in addition to participating in two community benefits each month.
2. Caliente Construction, Inc., a woman-owned construction company with a repeat-client/client-referral rate above 85 percent, which has actually added employees and expects to see a 20-percent increase in revenue this year, despite the recession.
3. D. P. Electric, Inc., a fast-growing electrical contractor with a safety incentive program, an employee profit-sharing program and an in-house mentoring program for other minority businesses.
4. Elontec, a company specializing in technology, telecommunications and commercial relocation, which has a 99-percent customer satisfaction rate, extensive community involvement and a track record that includes tripling its gross revenues in one year, putting it on the "Inc. 500" list.
5. Express Digital Solutions, an authorized Xerox Corp. Agency that also specializes in electronic document management and paper document scanning. The company partners with Gompers Habilitation Center to employ more than 30 adults with disabilities.
6. Green Ideas, environmental building consultants who promote energy-efficient, water-efficient and healthy buildings through sustainable building practices and who were key in achieving the highest-possible "green building" certification for the only four Arizona buildings to receive that designation.
7. JSL Management, an integrated towing, scrap metal and auto recycling company that works closely with local law enforcement to assist with metal theft investigations and that doubled in size each year for four consecutive years.
8. Orchard Medical Consulting, a health care consulting and nurse case management company that strives to get severely injured workers back to their lives and jobs, and which has been named among the "Best Places to Work in the Valley" twice.
9. Scott Business Group, LLC, a recruiting, temp staffing and payroll services company that offers 24-hour customer support service, a comprehensive screening process and a focus on personalizing the job placement process.
10. Terralever, an award-winning interactive marketing and technology services firm that is an interactive partner with big names, including Facebook and Microsoft, but which also has a goal of helping small local companies with world-class online marketing strategies.

About 1,000 Valley business and community leaders are expected to attend the awards luncheon when the winners are announced on Sept. 24 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

The awards are just one focus of the Spirit of Enterprise Center, which helps hundreds of businesses each year. The center offers companies the chance to recruit and meet with top student talent, while also allowing students to get hands-on business experience. Through the center, businesses can access short, non-degree programs for busy executives and create connections to other Arizona State University business resources. Teams of W. P. Carey School of Business students also conduct research to help Valley companies. The center is self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships and volunteers.

For more information on the Spirit of Enterprise Center, go to">"> For sponsorship opportunities or awards luncheon reservations, contact Gary Naumann at (480) 965-0474 or SpiritofEnterprise">">