Simulation Technology Center Coming to UC CEAS

Siemens provides PLM software and pledges up to $1M to establish center

CINCINNATI - September 7, 2016 - Siemens and the University of Cincinnati today announced a partnership to establish an innovative simulation and modeling center enabled with Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software. Housed on UC’s main campus in its College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), the Siemens PLM Simulation Technology Center will be a hub for developing and applying new methodologies and technologies in engineering education and research in all aspects of PLM. Through a significant pledge from Siemens of up to $1 million, as well as Siemens’ staff support and additional PLM software, this partnership will enhance experiential learning opportunities for students in UC’s CEAS.

“As manufacturing companies worldwide move closer to Industry 4.0, it is more important than ever for academic institutions and educators to move beyond only CAD software and embed digitalization into their curriculum,” said Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO, Siemens PLM Software. “The Siemens PLM Simulation Technology Center will help establish the connection between academia and industry to develop future employees for the digital enterprise.”

CEAS faculty led by Dr. Jay Kim, Department Head of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and Dr. Sam Anand, a professor of Mechanical Engineering who will also serve as the operational director of the Center, will work with Siemens PLM Software staff to educate and train up to 500 students over five years at the center. Through this close collaboration, a transformational change in undergraduate engineering and applied science curricula is expected, which will incorporate CAD, Digital Design & Manufacturing and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) from early year courses to multi-year projects with global multi-disciplinary teams in upper-level courses. 

In addition, Siemens PLM Software has entered into a long term talent development partnership with UC to employ co-ops on a strategic and programmatic basis. These co-op working students will be placed on important software development programs and related projects in Siemens PLM Software’s Milford, Ohio office. This strategic co-op program includes additional training in the business and skill development programs to prepare these students for their careers upon graduation.

"UC, including our College of Engineering and Applied Science, is known for having one of the best co-op and experiential learning programs in the world,” said Beverly J. Davenport, UC Interim President. “The new Siemens PLM Simulation Technology Center takes CEAS to new heights by giving our students the latest tools to enhance their hands-on experiences.”

“It’s like co-op 2.0,” said CEAS Dean Teik Lim. “At the new center, students will have the opportunity to actively solve problems using Siemens’ PLM software and gain valuable hands-on learning experience. We are committed to producing outstanding engineers and scientists; this center provides a vital tool in our workforce readiness efforts by training students on software used in the field by 140,000 companies globally. We are grateful to Siemens PLM Software for its partnership, which will enable us to produce even better engineers. In fact, part of the Siemens PLM Software business came from its acquisition of SDRC, a company that grew out from UC engineering about 50 years ago, making this partnership even more meaningful.”

At the new Siemens PLM Simulation Technology Center students will have access to Siemens’ full suite of PLM offerings including its recently announced Simcenter™ portfolio, a robust suite of simulation software and test solutions based on predictive engineering analytics to more accurately predict product performance. Using these solutions, students will have the opportunity to perform state-of-the-art design, engineering analysis, product development and manufacturing simulations, and learn from industry experts. In addition, upper level undergraduate students and graduate students will be exposed to solving real life multi-physics, multi-domain engineering problems through simulations in the form of vertical industry specific template apps.

“With Simcenter, Siemens has one of the world’s most comprehensive and robust simulation software portfolios,” said Dr. Jan Leuridan, Senior Vice President, Simulation and Test Solutions, Siemens PLM Software. “We believe that simulation expertise will be a real differentiator for UC, and we are proud that together we are empowering the next generation of digital talent.”

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, systems and services with over 15 million licensed seats and more than 140,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with its customers to provide industry software solutions that help companies everywhere achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by making real the innovations that matter. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit


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