INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
$3M grant transforms undergrad engineering
By : Susann Thiel
UGS PLM Solutions, the product lifecycle management subsidiary company of EDS, has awarded a grant of more than $3 million in computer-aided design (CAD) software to support undergraduate engineering students at Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The 600 seats of Solid Edge software comprise the largest single gift-in-kind contribution in Watson School history and serve as a capstone to events marking the school’s 20th anniversary year. EDS is the world’s most experienced outsourcing services company with revenues in 2002 of $21.5 billion.
“This grant will have a transformational impact on our undergraduate engineering curriculum,” said University President Lois B. DeFleur. “The support of corporate friends such as UGS enables us to enhance the Watson School’s excellent programs, faculty, staff and students.”
Binghamton University is among a number of institutions that has received multimillion-dollar software grants from UGS PLM Solutions. The grants provide leading-edge technology to enhance the talent and skills of university graduates who, in turn, will help their future employers become more competitive in an increasingly complex global economic environment. “UGS PLM Solutions is pleased to provide this grant to Binghamton University,” said Stephen Brown, vice president, Indirect Channels, Americas, UGS PLM Solutions. “Today’s leading manufacturing and technology companies compete on the basis of time to market, production cost, quality and innovation.
Students must have the opportunity to gain experience with technology that supports these objectives. We hope that our support for Binghamton’s excellent engineering programs will add value for both its students and the manufacturing community.”
The Solid Edge CAD software donated to the University will be introduced to students during their mandatory freshman engineering design course. Students will continue to use the software throughout their studies in electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and mechanical engineering. It will also be the primary CAD software used in the students’ senior year capstone design project.
“Today’s engineers need to understand and apply computer-aided design in myriad applications,” said Charles R. Westgate, dean of the Watson School. “With the support of UGS, our students will be exposed to the cutting-edge software from their freshman year through their graduation, preparing them for success in their careers.”
“With this software, we can assign more complex projects and give students a real feel for the intricacies of design,” said Roy McGrann, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Watson School’s engineering design division.