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Four Mexican Universities to Benefit from $283 Million CAD/CAM/CAE System Donation

(August 31, 2001)
UGS announces that they have teamed up with General Motors Corp., Sun Microsystems and Electronic Data Systems to make a donation, valued at $283 million, of computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) software, hardware and training.  The donation is being disbursed between four universities: the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey -- Campus Estado de Mexico (ITESM-Estado de Mexico), and the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey -- Campus Monterrey (ITESM-Monterrey).

This corporate alliance initiative, titled Partners for the Advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE Education (PACE), was formed in 1999 to help provide future engineers from key institutions the education and experience desired by each of the partnering corporations.

With these recent donations, PACE has now contributed more than $580 million in CAD/CAM/CAE software and equipment to 11 elite institutions in the United States and Mexico.  The students from these institutions benefit from the opportunity to train on the same advanced math-based engineering and design tools that GM engineers used to design the 2002 Chevy Avalanche, Trailblazer and a host of new concept vehicles.  They also learn to design, engineer and validate products in a virtual-world, which better prepares them to address real-world challenges, such as accelerated product development cycles and increased productivity demands, upon graduation.

ITESM, one of the four recipients, is the largest university system in Latin American with 92,015 students enrolled at 30 campuses across Mexico. ITESM has a long history of educating some of Latin America's most highly regarded business and industry leaders.

Strategically selected universities are invited to participate in the PACE program based on their ability to meet specific criteria, including:  

-- A willingness to integrate UGS software into the engineering curriculum   

-- A long-term relationship with GM as a primary educational partner   

-- A strong product development and manufacturing curriculum   

-- An adequate infrastructure of facilities, maintenance systems and personnel to support the donated hardware and software  

PACE creates networks for research, curriculum development, textbook development and other forms of collaboration between GM, UGS, Sun Microsystems, EDS and academia.  PACE has made previous donations to universities in the United States and Mexico including:  Michigan Technological University, Michigan State University, University of Missouri- Rolla, Tuskegee University, Kettering University, Instituto Politecnico Nacional and the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey -- Campus Toluca (ITESM-Toluca).

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