Feb 11 2003

Delmia Corp. Establishes Academic Partnership with Monroe County Community College

Educational partnership between Delmia Corp. and Michigan community college introduces simulation to study of automation and manufacturing processes



Troy, Mich. — February 11, 2003 — Digital manufacturing solutions provider Delmia Corp., a Dassault Systèmes company (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), today announced it has entered into an educational partnership agreement with Monroe County Community College (MCC) in Monroe, Michigan. Under the terms of the agreement, the college has purchased two DELMIA simulation software products at a substantially reduced cost.

MCC is utilizing DELMIA’s IGRIP® product for kinematics and robotic simulation in one of its engineering technology automation courses. DELMIA’s Quest® software is being used for factory floor simulation and for analyzing plant processes in the school’s Quality Systems Technology Program. The use of these visual software tools, the college believes, will help students more effectively grasp complex theoretical concepts.

“I think that the introduction of simulation into our traditional teaching methods for automation and manufacturing processes allows students to experiment with and see computerized results for themselves,” said John Schneeg, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology at Monroe County Community College. “People tend to be visual learners, and we have found that simulation emphasizes these points better than solely relying on mathematical formulas.”

“Seeing is believing”, added Roy Smolky, Delmia Corp. academic program coordinator. “Computer simulation can take the mundane out of experimentation, and give students a stronger, intuitive insight into the evaluation of workcells and plant flow efficiency.”

Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution in Monroe, Michigan with approximately 3,500 students. Most students involved in the engineering programs are part-time, enrolled in robotics and CAD courses, and serve as apprentices at Ford and Visteon. MCC is also one of a few schools that has a full-size, coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and a metrology precision measurement program. In the future, according to Professor Schneeg, the college may also use DELMIA’s Inspect® software to complement this curriculum.

DELMIA has existing academic partnership agreements with many two-year and four-year academic institutions, including Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, Oakland Community College, Washtenaw Community College, Central Michigan University, University of Michigan, Lake Superior State University, Mississippi State University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Heart of Georgia Technical College, Oregon State University, Purdue University, and Western New England College.

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