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Kent State Receives Largest In-Kind Gift in Its History

Posted Jan. 15, 2009

The Kent State College of Technology has received the largest in-kind gift in university history from Appropriate Technology, authorized Solutions Partner to Siemens’ PLM Software, with a commercial value of more than $13.5 million.

PLM — or product lifecycle management — software enables product developers to take a product through all design steps, from concept through engineering and manufacturing. Appropriate Technology’s gift provides 30 licenses of Siemens’ Academic Partner Bundle — consisting of Solid Edge, Femap, TeamCenter and NX software — which includes more than 60 programs across a range of development processes.

College of Technology students will be able to learn critical industry skills in design, engineering and manufacturing on the same software they likely will use when employed following graduation.

“Before this generous gift, we often could only tell students about the most current technology in industry processes,” says Dr. Verna Fitzsimmons, interim dean of the college. “With this software, we now can not only show them, but give them practical experience using programs that make them more marketable in their careers.”

This software will allow the College of Technology to expand its curriculum in the future to stay in step with the dynamic nature of today’s industrial processes.  Appropriate Technology’s contribution fits within Kent State’s vision of boosting the region’s economy by educating students to develop skills that increase innovation.

“The future of Northeast Ohio’s economy relies heavily on entrepreneurs who bring fresh ideas to both the manufacturing and service sectors,” says Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “By giving our students access to this package of high-tech tools, they will graduate ready to become leaders and attract industry investment in the region.”

The Siemens software was demonstrated to faculty and staff at an event on the Kent Campus on Dec. 16, 2008.

“We have enjoyed a successful partnership with the College of Technology. The staff truly understands how education and industry can work together to benefit the community. Frankly, they get it,” says Rich Tenaglia, entrepreneur and owner of Appropriate Technology, Inc. “Now, on behalf of our principal, Siemens PLM Software, we thrilled to offer this grant.”

Appropriate Technology, a regional company serving design, engineering and manufacturing clients in four states, previously provided a $650,000 gift to the college of 3-D computer-aided design software.

Siemens PLM Software is a leading global supplier of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more that 3.1 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.