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Siemens donates Simatic equipment to seven U.S. schools

November 24, 2009 - Siemens announced seven schools that will receive in-kind donations of automation equipment and software as part of its Siemens Automation Cooperates with Education (SCE) program. Designed to help jump-start or upgrade technical programs and curriculum with leading edge Siemens automation technologies, more than 60 universities, colleges, trade schools and high schools were nominated for the SCE Educational Development Award by Siemens distributors across the country.

The award recipients are Alexandria Technical College, Alexandria, Minn.; Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pa.; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, Mich.; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.; Western Colorado Community College, Grand Junction, Colo.; and College of the Sequoias, Visalia, Calif.

“Education continues to be a priority at Siemens in the United States and across the globe, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Raj Batra, president, Industry Automation Division, Siemens Industry, Inc. “Through our partnerships with the winning schools, Siemens is able to support educational programs that are training the workforce of tomorrow.”

The selected schools were able to choose from two technology packages, one based on the Simatic S7-200 platform and the other based on the Simatic S7-300 platform. Additionally, Siemens will provide training on the new equipment for instructors from the recipient institutions.

The recipient schools will also become education partners with Siemens. Education partners are schools who have made investments in their degree or certificate programs to include Siemens automation technologies. Partner schools receive access to additional resources, support services and discounts on Siemens automation components and software.

About Siemens:
Siemens Industry, Inc. (SII) is the U.S. affiliate of Siemens’ global Industry Sector business—the world’s leading supplier of production, transportation and building technology solutions. The company’s integrated hardware and software technologies enable comprehensive industry-specific solutions for industrial and infrastructure providers to increase their productivity, sustainability and profitability. The Industry Sector includes six divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and OSRAM SYLVANIA. With nearly 222,000 Siemens Industry Sector employees worldwide, the Industry Sector posted a worldwide profit of $5.82 billion on revenues of $57 billion in fiscal 2008.

A division of Siemens Industry, Inc. (SII), the Industry Automation (IA) Division is a global leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. IA’s portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to enterprise-wide automation solutions for automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, IA optimizes the entire value chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales, as well as a wide range of maintenance services. With nearly 43,000 employees worldwide, Industry Automation earned $13.1 billion in sales in fiscal year 2008.

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