Siemens Corp., the United States subsidiary of the German industrial automation giant Siemens AG, has given $75,000 in cash, hardware and software to Lawrence Technological University. The university will use the donation to equip a new laboratory for its industrial engineering programs.
The donation will be recognized in a March 13 noon event on the LTU campus, and a March 14 formal presentation at noon at the Manufacturing in America conference and exhibition at Ford Field in Detroit.
Industrial engineering deals with the optimization of complex processes and systems. Industrial engineers work to eliminate wasted time, money, energy and materials. LTU offers fully accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in industrial engineering.
“Like Lawrence Technological University, we see the great potential growth in high-tech manufacturing jobs in the United States,” said Raj Batra, president, Siemens Digital Factory, U.S. “And we also see the need to close the skills gaps and make a positive impact on workforce development. We are honored that our contribution will allow the school to open its first Industrial Engineering Lab to prepare students for the technology they will encounter in real manufacturing environments.”
Batra is a 1990 LTU graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He received the university’s Alumni Achievement Award in May 2017.
Batra said the donation is part of an ongoing effort by Siemens to address the growing workforce skills gap, as well as provide new pathways to the middle class in manufacturing employment.
It’s also another step in a longstanding relationship between Siemens and LTU. Since 2013, LTU has received two in-kind software grants from Siemens PLM software commercially valued at more than $200 million. The university now uses NX software for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering; Teamcenter, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software; Technomatix digital manufacturing software; and Solid Edge software, a hybrid two-and three-dimensional CAD system.
“This generous gift from Siemens is yet another example of Lawrence Tech’s longtime motto, ‘Theory and Practice,’” said LTU President Virinder Moudgil. “Our students will use the equipment and software from Siemens in the tasks industrial engineers undertake every day in the workplace, combining classroom theory with real-world practice.”
Added Ahad Ali, associate professor and director of LTU’s Bachelor and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering programs: “Siemens’ donations will help establish an industrial engineering and manufacturing lab at LTU’s campus, and help establish a semi-automated mini assembly line using Siemens Digital Factory tools. It will be a great learning experience for our students, and help prepare a skilled workforce in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.”
Manufacturing in America is a two-day forum designed to show students the high-tech future of manufacturing. It includes a Student Zone, where ninth through 12th graders from Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties will participate in hands-on workshops with state-of- the-art equipment. Manufacturing in America is presented by Siemens and Electro-Matic Products Inc.
Siemens participates with hundreds of educational institutions across the country through the Siemens Cooperates with Education (SCE) program, in which schools partner with Siemens on leading edge industrial technologies in their classrooms, research projects and workforce development initiatives.
Siemens Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 372,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $92.0 billion in fiscal 2017. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.3 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.