UC Research Center Wins Software Grant

Photo: CITRIS was awarded a software grant after submitting a proposal to a division of Siemens. Four UC campuses will receive the software.
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CITRIS was awarded a software grant after submitting a proposal to a division of Siemens. Four UC campuses will receive the software.

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The University of California was awarded a $57 million software grant from Siemens Global Opportunities Product Lifecycle Management Software on Tuesday.

The grant was given to four UC campuses - Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz - and will go toward the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

The grant is in the form of software, and was given to the four campuses to help students better prepare to enter the workforce.

S. Shankar Sastry, dean of engineering at UC Berkeley, authored the grant proposal in the hopes of buying software for engineering students that the school could not otherwise afford.

William Dickert, director of

channel operations for the West Coast for Siemens said the software could allow students to do many types of work.

"We give companies the tools to track and design products like an Apple computer or General Electric jet engine," Dickert said.

Dickert said the software will be divided equally among the campuses.

"Each campus has the option of selecting particular software that would better suit their needs," Dickert said. "We are providing the ability for them to select what they need at a certain time."

Hulas King, director of Global Opportunities Product Lifecycle Management, a division of Siemens, said the software donation would help students contribute more to the industries they will enter upon leaving college.

"When students graduate, they want to hit the ground running," King said. "They don't want to go (to a new job) and learn how to use this software."

King said CITRIS put forth one of the best proposals as to how it wished to implement the software.

"We are very selective," King said. "We get a lot of requests in and we only support the best grants applications each quarter. The UC system was selected this term because of its exceptional technical proposal."

Masoud Nikravesh, executive director of computational science and engineering at CITRIS, said UC Berkeley agreed to Siemens' offer in March 2009. The other three campuses are waiting to receive their forms and are in the final stages of signing, he said.

"This is the largest gift ever given to the CITRIS program," Nikravesh said.


Contact Christina Berke at [email protected]

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