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In-kind grant to Clemson University tops $357M

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Technology company Siemens has given Clemson University the largest in-kind grant in the university’s history.

According to the university, the company is providing software for the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences with a commercial value of $357.2 million.

In a news release, the university said the software will be used in student coursework and computer-aided design projects, digital manufacturing, manufacturing management, industrial design and engineering simulation. Currently, 140,000 manufacturing companies worldwide – including 35 in South Carolina - use the same software being provided to Clemson University.

Some of the companies using the software in South Carolina are the S.C. Department of Transportation, Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities, Duke Energy’s W.S. Lee natural gas combined cycle facility in Anderson County, BMW Manufacturing Co., Boeing South Carolina, Lockheed Martin and Mercedes-Benz. Siemens Energy Management – located in Spartanburg – employs nearly 300.

James Clements, president of Clemson University, said giving students access to Siemens’ technology is part of Clemson’s mission to provide students with “cutting-edge technical tools that can make them even more attractive to future employers.”

The software portfolio will be used for both undergraduate and graduate students at Clemson as well as junior and senior level classes in mechanical engineering and bioengineering and for graduate students in the automotive engineering department.

One place the software will be used is with class projects required for master’s students in the university’s automotive engineering program. Joerg Schulte, adjunct professor of automotive manufacturing and manager of the BMW Liaison Office for Research and Innovation, said the software will allow students to get “as close to reality as we can” in those class projects.

“Without this software, it wouldn’t be possible for the students to really get to the detail of what it means to run a production system – from how many stations you need to what kind of cycle time each station has to how the manufacturing plant works with suppliers,” Schulte said, in a news release.

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