A donation of $69 million — the largest single corporate grant ever to UMR — will provide state-of-the-art computer workstations and software for UMR’s manufacturing engineering program, officials announced Oct. 13.
The grant from General Motors Corp., Unigraphics Solutions, Sun Microsystems and Electronic Data Systems puts UMR in an elite group of universities in the United States, Mexico and Canada. UMR is the fifth such university to benefit from the donation of leading-edge technology to help prepare students for careers in engineering and manufacturing.
The GM/Unigraphics/Sun/EDS initiative is called PACE — Partners for the Advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE Education — and is designed to equip future engineers with the technology, education and experience they’ll need to succeed in the corporate world.
"We’re very happy to be selected by PACE for this program and thankful for the long-term, mutually beneficial relationships we’ve developed with all the PACE partners," UMR Chancellor Gary Thomas says. "This significant donation of computer hardware and software, as well as the training and technical support to operate those systems, will help to ensure that the university maintains its leadership position in the areas of manufacturing engineering and design engineering."
The PACE partners select universities based on their long-term relationships with GM, strong curricula in product development and manufacturing, the infrastructure of facilities and systems to support the donated hardware and software, and a willingness to integrate Unigraphics software into the engineering curricula.