YSU made international headlines this spring when top executives of the Siemens Corp., joined by political, business and industry leaders from throughout the region, came to campus to announce an in-kind grant for $440 million in state-of-the-art product lifecycle management software and training to the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The in-kind grant is a core component in the continuing efforts of the new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in downtown Youngstown to prepare a modern workforce in the Cleveland-Pittsburgh TechBelt and throughout the United States.
“Youngstown State University and its College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, all share our passion and dedication for advancement in the field of smart manufacturing,” Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemen’s Industry Sector, North America, said in announcing the grant May 30 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center.
He added: “Siemens is honored to now have YSU as one of our academic partners.”
Eric Spiegel, a native of the Mahoning Valley and now CEO and president of Siemens Corp., added: “This is a much different manufacturing world than our fathers or our grandfathers saw. The training and the skills needed in this environment are much, much different, and it’s great to see YSU and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute to really help drive that whole innovation cycle here in Youngstown and bring it back to its former glory.”
The Siemens Corp., a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, has 370,000 employees in 190 countries and worldwide revenue of approximately $102 billion in fiscal 2012.
Martin Abraham, dean of YSU’s STEM college, said students will ultimately gain the greatest benefit from the grant. “Because of this Siemens contribution, our students will be working with…software that is used by major corporations,” he said at the news conference. “These are the companies that are now going to be coming to YSU, recruiting our students, looking for them and putting them to work.”
YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson thanked Siemens for the grant. “With this software, a new Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering, and NAMII within walking distance of the campus, YSU becomes a destination university for students seeking advanced manufacturing, materials and engineering degrees,” she said.
PLM software allows companies to manage the entire lifecycle of a product efficiently and cost-effectively, from ideation, design and manufacture, through service and disposal. Computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE), product data management (PDM) and digital manufacturing converge through PLM technology. NASA used the software to develop the Mars rover Curiosity. Calloway uses it to design golf clubs. And Space X, a private space exploration company in California, has used Siemens’ PLM software to develop its Falcon rocket and Dragon space capsule.
Tom Humphries, president and chief executive of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, said Siemens could have a tremendous impact on the future of the Mahoning Valley. “The most sophisticated companies on earth want to locate where the pool of talent is world-class,” Humphries said. “Having our engineering students trained on this industry-leading PLM software gives us an advantage that will rival some of the great high-tech corridors in the U.S.”