Purdue University and Dassault Systemes partner to establish state of the art digital enterprise labs
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA and Suresnes, France, October 5, 2001 – Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announces today it will provide its software solutions as well as technical support for a new digital enterprise laboratory in Purdue University’s School of Technology.<br/>
Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will thank Dassault Systemes and other partners for expanding their relationship with the School of Technology and welcome industry speakers, faculty, Indiana business executives and students in a forum on digital enterprise from 8:30 am until noon in the Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.<br/>
"Industry partnerships with companies such as Dassault Systemes are key to technological advancement and preparing our next generation of graduates to be leaders in the emerging digital economy," Jischke said.<br/>
Curt Overpeck, director of Purdue's digital enterprise Center said, "This is the beginning of a series of interdisciplinary labs, not just in the School of Technology but also available to students all across campus for project-based learning in partnership with industry."
As part of the digital enterprise center expansion, executives from Dassault Systèmes, ENOVIA and other leading companies will take part in the forum. The event is part of the university's yearlong "Discover Purdue" activities. <br/>
Joel R. Lemke, ENOVIA CEO, Purdue alumnus
J. Bruce Harreld, IBM senior vice president of strategy and Purdue alumnus
David O. Swain, Boeing Co. senior vice president of engineering and technology and Purdue alumnus
Bradley A. Lontz, Cummins Inc., director of e-Business Program Office and Purdue alumnus
Frank Borovsky, e-business director, Honeywell Aircraft Landing Systems.
The digital enterprise Center is a $6 million applied-research facility located in the Knoy Hall of Technology on the university's West Lafayette campus. The center opened in June 2000 with one laboratory and now has four labs. <br/>
The Purdue center’s goal is to produce graduates who are intimately familiar with state-of-the-practice information-technology solutions and can work on group projects that are brougth to the school through its corporate partnerships.<br/>
Dassault Systemes is providing software and technical support for a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) laboratory. PLM enables collaboration at various stages of the product life, such as new product design or design modification to address manufacturing issues or customer requests for modification. <br/>
Joel Lemke, CEO of ENOVIA, said, "We are extremely pleased to be part of the partnership with Purdue, each of us leaders in our respective domains. The next generation of product will be centered on innovation and will require future leaders to understand the significant changes in the enterprise in order to achieve this level of innovation. Together, we will move to the next phases of this vision of the digital enterprise." <br/>
Lemke said PLM promises to reduce the time to market of new products. The Internet-based technology allows industry to share research and development information with its partners and people to collaborate regardless of their physical location. <br/>
ENOVIA Portal Solutions, together with CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA 3dCom and ENOVIA DMU Navigator deploy possible scenarios where the Dassault Systemes solutions shows the strength of PLM and at the same time introduce the SmarTeam suite from SmarTeam Inc., to increase the flexibility of the center. <br/>
Gary R. Bertoline, professor and department head of computer graphics technology, said, "This technology gives our students the opportunity to learn to support design and manufacture of products through graphic simulation."
Purdue's School of Technology produces more bachelor of science graduates than any other technology school in the nation.