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Ontario undergraduate students to benefit from $185 million CAD/CAM/CAE classroom infrastructure contribution

Toronto, ON -- Dec. 14, 2001 -- Virtual engineering capabilities at Ontario schools are to expand under a program a...


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December 14, 2001
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Dec. 14, 2001 — Virtual engineering capabilities at Ontario schools are to expand under a program announced this week. General Motors of Canada Limited, Sun Microsystems, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and EDS PLM Solutions (EDS PLM) together announced a contribution of computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) software, hardware and training with the retail value of $185 million to the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo and Queen’s University.

GM, Sun Microsystems, EDS and EDS PLM Solutions form the corporate alliance known as the Partners for the Advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE Education (PACE). The PACE partners have worked together since 1999 to support key academic institutions world-wide with computer-based engineering tools to prepare mechanical designers, engineers and analysts with the skills to compete in the future.

Stylists, engineers, analysts and manufacturing experts working in all industry sectors need a greater command of computer-based design and analysis tools than ever before, according to PACE. Using computer-aided engineering tools, students will learn to design, engineer and validate products in a virtual world to prepare them to address real-world challenges such as accelerated product development cycles and increased productivity demands.

“This gift is a critical investment in the intellectual capital of Canada’s youth and the success of tomorrow’s Canadian-educated engineers,” said said Maureen Kempston Darkes, president and general manager for General Motors of Canada Ltd. “This contribution by the PACE partners ensures that Canadian engineering students have access to world-class computer-aided engineering tools to gain the necessary experience.

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Engineering students at these three Ontario universities will now be using the same advanced math-based engineering and design tools in the classroom that GM engineers used in the lab to design new vehicles such as the 2002 Chevy Avalanche,” said Darkes, “Helping Canadian students develop state-of-the art skills will help Canada attract more high tech jobs and investment.”

“EDS PLM Solutions is providing Unigraphics software, enabling students to gain experience using the computer-based design and analysis tools that are used widely in design and manufacturing. Graduates from U of T, UW and Queen’s will be highly-skilled and able to ‘hit the ground running’ when joining an employer in any sector,” said Phil Taylor, president for EDS PLM Solutions Canada.

“Canadian engineering programs are already recognized for producing skilled high-quality graduates. We thank GM, EDS, EDS PLM Solutions and Sun Microsystems for this contribution which will enhance Ontario’s reputation by adding expertise with the computer-aided design and solid modeling tools of today and tomorrow,” said the Honourable Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities in Ontario.

To incorporate the contribution, the universities are enabling computing labs to best implement the PACE program. Equipment will be installed and operational by early 2002. Additional Canadian academic institutions will be joining the PACE program. To date, 24 academic institutions in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and China have been selected to participate in the PACE program. Fifteen have formally been announced as the PACE initiative continues to expand.

The universities involved may also further leverage the PACE contribution through application to federal and provincial matching fund programs.

By Bill Roebuck, Editor