RIT Dubai chosen as one of five universities to receive the grant worth $100m in total as part of the Year of Giving
Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai (RIT Dubai) have recently been chosen as one of five prestigious universities from across the UAE to be awarded with a substantial grant by Siemens. The grant, valued at Euro100m in total, will give students and researchers at the university access to a range of the technology giant’s computational packages, including Siemen’s Product Lifestyle Management (PLM) software, a uniquely valuable and extremely sophisticated design and simulation tool that has been a key component of globally significant projects including the Mars Rove Curiosity, the Maserati Ghibli car and the Solar Impulse aircraft which flew around the world without using any fuel.
Undergraduate, graduate, faculty and researchers from RIT Dubai’s multiple mechanical engineering programs are set to benefit from the grant which will aid research in computational mechanics and computer aided design and manufacturing.
The grant was offered by the UAE Ministry of Education and Siemens in a bid to advance digital skills in the country to support its economic diversification goals and underscores Siemen’s contribution to the Year of Giving in 2017. The license handover was made this week during a signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi, attended by His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, and Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG.
“As the UAE transitions to a competitive, knowledge economy, building the skills of the future among UAE nationals is a top priority. The software grant from Siemens is a significant contribution to enhancing local digital skills, as they become increasingly essential for the development of this country and the jobs of tomorrow,” said His Excellency during the signing. “We extend our gratitude to Siemens, a trusted private sector partner of the Ministry of Education, for their generosity and commitment during the Year of Giving.”
RIT Dubai won the grant on the back of an open call for submissions of compelling ideas that illustrated how they would use the software.
Dr. Wael A. Samad, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at RIT Dubai, who co-authored the University’s proposal commented: “I am greatly looking forward to using the software during both my graduate and undergraduate classes for a better transition to industry 4.0 The proper integration of the software within our course curricula will give our students an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the latest computational tools out there and a tremendous edge in the job market.”
Dr. Salman Pervaiz. Professor of Mechanical Engineering at RIT Dubai and proposal co-author added: “In the search for more sustainable and environmentally friendly production, every phase of the production cycle needs to be examined properly and digitalized to maximize profitability and efficiency. Digitalization using Siemens’ PLM software can integrate business models, product development and manufacturing simultaneously throughout the whole life cycle. It will be an enormous asset to RIT Dubai.”
Dr. Yousef Al Assaf, President of RIT Dubai, concluded: “As the only non-public and not for profit university to win this prestigious scholarship, I have no doubt that it will make a huge difference to numerous learning and research initiatives at RIT Dubai. I would like to thank Dr. Salman Pervaiz and Dr. Wael Samad for their hard work and dedication in preparing an excellent proposal which highly impressed the evaluating teams of both the Ministry of Education and Siemens”
RIT Dubai was awarded the grant alongside UAE University, Zayed University, Higher Colleges of Technology, Khalifa University of Science and Technology.