The University of Maryland and Siemens Corporation have established a partnership around workforce development, research, and education tied to advanced manufacturing, engineering design, and energy. As part of the partnership, Siemens announced the largest ever in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software to the University of Maryland in 2013, with a commercial value of more than $750 million. Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software provides UMD students and researchers with a uniquely valuable and sophisticated design and simulation tool for course work, research, academic projects and team-based competitions. This in-kind grant from Siemens gives students and faculty access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop and manufacture innovative products in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, machinery, shipbuilding, and high-tech electronics, among others.
Siemens USA CEO Eric Spiegel serves on the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC) Board of Advisors, and has come to College Park to speak on multiple occasions. Siemens has also participated in the University of Maryland Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI) Industrial Consortium.
From left to right: UMD Vice President and Chief Research Officer Dr. Patrick O'Shea, Siemens PLM Software President and CEO Chuck Grindstaff, President and CEO of Siemens USA Eric Spiegel, UMD President Wallace Loh, and Clark School Dean Darryll Pines at partnership event on September 17, 2013.