Skoltech and global conglomerate Siemens AG have formally teamed up to launch a cooperation agreement in the area of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).
The two organizations this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) indicating their “mutual interest in developing bilateral relations on a stable and long-term basis to promote the development of education, culture and enlightenment in the Russian Federation.”
As part of the agreement, Siemens AG has donated to Skoltech a total of 360 academic software licenses, with the stated aim of contributing to the development of Russian science and technology.
Using this software, Skoltech students will be able to use a comprehensive PLM program complex to model products, evaluate design characteristics, and gain product development skills.
Siemens PLM software has already gotten a lot of use in Skoltech’s Information Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (ITAM lab).
“We are one of just a few organizations in Russia that have implemented Siemen’s software throughout the whole of the PLM cycle. This software serves as a comprehensive toolkit for the design, development and production of complex projects, such as unmanned aerial vehicles,” said Ighor Uzhinsky, head of the ITAM lab.
Uzhinsky recently received the prestigious Siemens Introduction of Innovation Award for his implementation of Siemens software for training and industrial purposes. Following his lab’s successful implementation of Siemens PLM software, he looks forward to the opportunity – created by the Siemens AG-Skoltech MOU – to share these software programs with some of Skoltech’s other labs.
The Siemens AG-Skoltech MOU emerged as part of a broader initiative by Siemens AG to participate with leading Russian universities. The conglomerate has recently decided to donate software licenses amounting to a total of some EUR 20 million to five universities.
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university situated on the outskirts of the Russian capital. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech cultivates a new generation of researchers and entrepreneurs, promotes advanced scientific knowledge and fosters innovative technology to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Skoltech applies the best Russian and international research and educational practices, with particular emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation. Skoltech’s model leverages on the integration of basic and applied research and education. The Institute’s close link with the industrial and business ecosystem fosters frontier research and generates a flow of innovative solutions for the benefit of the Russian economy.
Siemens is 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. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role.