Clemson University has received the largest grant-in-kind in its history from Siemens, a global technology company, with software the company has provided at a commercial value of $357,224,294. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161104005178/en/ The software will be incorporated into student coursework and projects related to computer-aided-design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing and manufacturing management in Clemson's College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. By providing students with hands-on experience with this software in academic programs, Clemson is preparing a highly-skilled STEM workforce for the advanced manufacturing industry. Through the in-kind investment, Clemson students now will have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used by more than 140,000 companies throughout the global manufacturing industry - including 35 in South Carolina - to design, develop and manufacture some of the world's most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding and high-tech electronics. This academic partnership will help students compete for jobs throughout the world, and aid in building a workforce equipped with the skills needed for the high-tech jobs of tomorrow. "Preparing students to be highly competitive in the 21 st century global economy is a central part of Clemson's mission, and this new partnership with Siemens will provide our students with access to cutting-edge technical tools that can make them even more attractive to future employers - especially many of the world-class, advanced manufacturing companies operating in South Carolina," said Clemson President James P. Clements. "We are extremely grateful to Siemens, a global technology leader, for this substantial, student-focused grant and look forward to building on our innovative partnership in the future." As software plays an increasing role in the next era of manufacturing, this PLM software bundle - including Siemens' LMS™ software, NX™ software, Fibersim™ portfolio, Tecnomatix® portfolio, and Femap™ software - is designed to benefit students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the university's College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. The software will be used in junior and senior level classes in the mechanical engineering and bioengineering departments, as well as by competitive teams at Clemson, such as Formula SAE. At the graduate level, the software also will be used in the automotive engineering department.