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September 7, 2017

Technology is moving so fast these days, it is hard to predict the future. Yet, thanks to a new academic partnership with Siemens Canada, engineering students at Fanshawe College are ahead of the game.

As a leading global provider of software and services, Siemens PLM is renowned for state-of-the-art technology in computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering. Siemens is also known for its generosity in sharing its innovation with academia.

Through this new collaboration, Fanshawe students now have access to the same industry-standard NX™ software in their classroom that businesses around the world are using to design today's most sophisticated products. The in-kind grant carries a commercial value of more than $248 million CAD.

“Siemens understands that the skills needed for the future of manufacturing are very different from what we have needed in the past,” says Brian Mori, President and CEO, Siemens Industry Software. “We are dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital talent by providing students with the advanced technology necessary to become the leading engineers of the digital future.”

As a result, Fanshawe is launching a new post-graduate program called Applied Mechanical Design, and those lucky engineering students attending the program are granted access to this extraordinary technology 24-hours-a-day / 7-days-a-week. The new mechanical design program builds on the college's popular PEME program, which teaches practical elements of mechanical engineering. 

Applied Science and Technology Chair Dave Machacek (L) and Siemens PLM CEO Brian Mori celebrate their new educational partnership

Applied Science and Technology Chair Dave Machacek (L) and Siemens PLM CEO Brian Mori

According to Dave Machacek, chair of the School of Applied Science and Technology, the software gift expands horizons for all studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “This remarkable Siemens investment means we will train our students for tomorrow's jobs … today! And, in a dynamic world of increasing internationalization, we will keep pace meeting the needs of employers, by preparing our students for a variety of amazing STEM-related careers.”

Also supporting the collaboration is London's Longterm Technology Services Inc., which serves as a Siemens channel partner working closely on the software grant. Working together, the collective goal is to deliver an exceptional learning experience with a global outlook to ensure a bright future for engineering graduates. Mori adds, “Leveraging the advanced technology provided by Siemens PLM Software, Fanshawe will provide its students with the training they need to become highly-recruited graduates.”

All applied mechanical design students already have an engineering degree, they come to Fanshawe from varied universities to augment their knowledge and acquire unique, technical skills. This is a growing trend where students are combining university and college education to maximize their job preparedness. With consistent access to the Siemens cutting-edge technology, these students will indeed have a significant advantage in their chosen field. 

Meantime, moving forward in an era dominated by technological growth and globalization, means corporate support is key to the college's continued academic and financial prosperity. As such, Machacek is excited to liaise with his collaborative industry counterparts at Siemens and Longterm Technology Services to ensure grads continue to hit the ground running when they enter the job market.  

“Fanshawe is providing the best possible education to ensure confident, job-ready graduates, and I look forward to hearing from them five or ten years from now to learn all they have accomplished, thanks to this educational jumpstart.”

Siemens is also supporting Fanshawe's School of Public Safety with an additional donation of Jack™ software to students in the advanced ergonomic studies program. This donation has a commercial value of $28 million CAD.

For more information about Siemens PLM visit www.plm.automation.siemens.com and for Fanshawe's School of Applied Science and Technology, check out www.fanshawec.ca/programs-and-courses/academic-schools/school-applied-science-and-technology.

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