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Minnesota State Mankato Receives $325 Million In-Kind Software Grant from Siemens PLM Software

Minnesota State Mankato to use the same technology in its classrooms that companies worldwide depend on to design some of today’s most sophisticated products.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-23-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato today announced it received an in-kind software grant from Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software, with a commercial value of $325 million.

The in-kind grant gives students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics and many more.

Graduates with this type of software training are highly recruited candidates for advanced technology jobs.

The in-kind grant was provided by Siemens PLM Software’s academic program that delivers PLM software to more than one million students yearly at more than 12,000 global institutions. The software provided is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs.

Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nine million licensed seats and more than 77,000 customers worldwide, delivering open solutions to help its customers make smarter decisions that result in better products.

The in-kind grant for Minnesota State Mankato includes Siemens PLM Software’s Tecnomatix® portfolio, the industry-leading digital manufacturing software, and NX™ software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE).

“Minnesota State Mankato is pleased to partner with a global corporation that is on the leading edge of product lifecycle management (PLM) technology,” said Brian Martensen, interim dean of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology at Minnesota State Mankato. “Our school could not develop the next generation of engineers without the support of this state-of-the-art technology from Siemens PLM Software.”

“As product complexity continues to grow, students who are able to use PLM software technology are expected to be highly recruited,” said Bill Boswell, senior director, partner strategy, Siemens PLM Software. “Siemens PLM Software is honored to have Minnesota State Mankato as one of our academic partners to help build the next generation of engineers.”

For more information, please contact David Guerra-Zubiaga, assistant professor in the Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology, by phone at 507-389-5810 or by email at, or Patti Kramlinger, director of development for Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology, by phone at 507-389-6742 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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