Mount Receives Software Valued at $24.1 Million

May 17, 2011

Dr. Donna MichalekStudents of the University of Mount Union’s Department of Engineering will soon benefit from an enriched educational experience and enhanced preparation to enter the workforce through an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services. The in-kind software grant with a commercial value of $24.1 million is the largest in-kind corporate contribution received in Mount Union’s 165-year history.
The in-kind software grant, made possible by Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLMTM initiative, which includes training and specialized software certification programs, will supplement the curriculum of Mount Union’s four-year undergraduate majors in civil engineering and mechanical engineering.  Exposing these students to technology used by many of the world’s leading manufacturing, architectural and construction companies, will allow for the critical, hands-on experience that will help to prepare them to meet the needs of employers in the engineering field upon graduation.
“Thanks to the generosity of Siemens PLM Software, we will integrate this modern engineering tool into the curriculum as our faculty continue to develop innovative programs in civil engineering and mechanical engineering,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union.  “There is no better way to prepare our students for their future careers than exposing them to one of the best engineering design software systems available.  We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Siemens PLM Software as we work toward equipping our students for rewarding and meaningful futures.”
“Siemens PLM Software provides the University of Mount Union access to PLM technology, which otherwise would be out of reach for the academic community, giving students a distinct advantage by being able to use the same PLM technology widely-used by leading multi-national manufacturing companies around the globe,” said Hulas King, director, Global Community Relations and GO PLM Programs, Siemens PLM Software. “The experience gained in the use of these tools helps to better prepare students for today’s highly-competitive manufacturing jobs requiring knowledge of modern technologies and tools.”
The range of software includes Siemens PLM Software’s NX™ software, a comprehensive digital product development solution, and Solid Edge® software, the core CAD component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio, a comprehensive family of solutions addressing PLM needs of the mid-market.
“I think the inclusion of 3D visualization tools is critical for developing engineers,” said Wayne Denny Jr., a 1992 graduate of Mount Union who serves on the institution’s Engineering Advisory Board and is chief engineer, health and positioning control at The Timken Company in Canton, OH.  “Being able to model a possible solution, visualize the physical aspects in 3D and verify your original assumptions and boundary conditions is crucial for building understanding, confidence and the skills needed to quickly reduce a concept to a functional product.”

“At the University of Mount Union, we are focused on providing excellence in undergraduate engineering education as a means of preparing our students to not only become productive engineers after graduation, but also emerge as leaders in the engineering community,” said Dr. Donna Michalek, chair of the Department of Engineering, director of mechanical engineering and associate professor of mechanical engineering.  “This grant will allow us to provide our students with access to Siemens PLM Software’s technology that is used in industry and therefore give them the valuable on-campus experiences that they can take into the workplace during internships, co-ops and, eventually, employment as engineers.”
Mount Union joins other leading institutions nationwide that have partnered with Siemens PLM Software including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Purdue University, Arizona State University, Rutgers University, Michigan State University and Carnegie Mellon as well as the University of Cincinnati in the state of Ohio.

About the University of Mount Union
The University of Mount Union, founded in 1846, is a four-year, private institution grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union offers an array of broad-based and career-specific undergraduate and graduate programs to its 2,200 students who experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation. Ranked as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the University is committed to providing a student-centered approach and an exceptional educational experience, as evidence by its mission to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship. The University’s 115-acre campus is located in Alliance, Ohio, 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and more than $100 million has been invested in the construction and renovation of modern facilities throughout the course of the past decade. 

About the Department of Engineering
The Department of Engineering’s programs in civil engineering and mechanical engineering place the University of Mount Union among the few private colleges and universities in Ohio that offer these essential degrees in four years. In the past, engineering graduates have come primarily from state institutions, but Mount Union’s smaller size and strong reputation in math and science as well as its broad-based offerings is an advantage for its graduates. These innovative and developing majors were initiated in the fall of 2010 to meet the societal need for engineers who are not only skilled in their profession, but also grounded with the well-rounded, liberal education that prepares them to solve problems globally, think critically and communicate effectively.

About GO PLM Initiative
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 one million students yearly at nearly 11,000 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on GO PLM and the partners and programs it supports, visit

Note: GO PLM, NX, Solid Edge and Velocity Series are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.

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