Siemens Expands Georgia Tech Partnership

ATLANTA, Ga. — Siemens announced an expanded partnership with Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), building upon a nearly two-decade relationship pursuing manufacturing innovation through software, conducting frontier-pushing research that supports digital product development, and preparing students to enter the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce of the future.

“Georgia Tech is one of the leading research institutions in this country, paving the way for new ideas and technologies to help redefine the way we manufacture goods, power our homes, travel through space and more,” said Eric Spiegel, president and CEO, Siemens USA. “Building upon our strong relationship, this comprehensive partnership will continue to produce cutting-edge research and innovative industrial automation and digitalization software, while preparing highly trained students to join the global manufacturing workforce.”

This full spectrum partnership will continue to push the boundaries of advanced manufacturing design, automation and innovation. One example where this vision is currently being realized is the Georgia Tech Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory. Students there are using Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software to create a virtual prototype of a modern gas turbine. This virtual prototype will help engineers to cost-effectively design the next generation of high efficiency gas turbines while minimizing carbon emissions.

Part of this expanded relationship includes naming the school a Siemens Center of Knowledge Interchange (CKI) partner. As a CKI, Georgia Tech joins a global group of eight elite research universities, including the University of California, Berkeley, in the U.S. CKIs represent primary research partners with Siemens conducting onsite research and development at the university.

“Georgia Tech and Siemens have enjoyed a long productive relationship, working together in everything from advanced manufacturing to engineering software used in the curriculum,” said Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson. “As a Siemens CKI partner, we look forward to expanding our collaborative efforts to further drive advanced manufacturing research, software and innovation,” he said.

Over the past three years, Georgia Tech has partnered on more than 20 projects from manufacturing to healthcare to energy, including joint government-funded collaborations. Among the first in the expanded partnership is a project to address gaps in existing additive manufacturing design-to-print workflow. The project – performed in collaboration with Siemens Corporate Technology (CT), Siemens PLM Software, and Siemens Power and Gas – falls under the America Makes initiative, a federally-funded program from the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). The $1 million government grant is bolstered by an additional $400,000 in-kind grant of PLM software licenses.

A second banner project Georgia Tech and Siemens will embark upon revolves around enhancing Siemens PLM Software’s Jack™ software in the Tecnomatix® portfolio. Jack, a human simulation software, provides realistic digital human avatars to simulate manual workplace processes for evaluation of efficiency, ergonomics and safety. The project aims to significantly increase productivity for Jack users by enhancing the ability to predict interactions of virtual humans with simulated digital factory environments. The project will use algorithmic shape processing and action optimization to further simplify simulation creation, and enable human centered workplace design on a broader scale than previously possible.

These two projects are the latest in nearly two decades of research partnerships between Siemens and Georgia Tech, and are part of a larger Siemens footprint.


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