BU Receives $18.8 Million Educational Software Gift from PTC


CONTACT: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 or kjastive@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University today announced it has received an $18.8 Million gift of product design and lifecycle management software from PTC®, a world leader in providing technology solutions for manufacturing companies to transform the way products are created and serviced.   The gift will enable the BU College of Engineering to implement a unique transformation of its curriculum that will empower all engineering students to graduate with a keen understanding of socially responsible product and process innovation. The software will be utilized in BU’s new Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC), a 20,000 sq. ft. teaching studio equipped with cutting edge design and manufacturing technology, set to open later this fall.

PTC’s software gift will provide a foundational platform upon which, through EPIC, the College will teach its students to develop new products, from concept and design through manufacturing and delivery.  PTC Creo® computer-aided design software will be embedded into the College’s new and expanded design curriculum.  PTC Windchill® product lifecycle management software will integrate real-world processes, data, and business systems into the classroom, further enriching the experience.

“PTC’s generous gift is an important step in implementing our long-term vision.  While other schools have efforts to prepare engineering students for advanced manufacturing, our program is unique in how it will transform the entire engineering curriculum enabled by modern technology and software infrastructure, and through a partnership with regional industries,” said Kenneth Lutchen, Dean of the College of Engineering. “The EPIC facility is meant to expose students to how you go from an idea to a manufacturing-ready and deployable product.  We want to create engineers that are excited about innovation.  PTC is a leader in how product design and development insures leadership in product innovation.  PTC recognizes that, through EPIC, PTC can support a realistic design environment that prepares tomorrow’s engineers for advanced product design and management. This gift will help immensely.”

In addition, PTC will join the EPIC Industrial Advisory Board along with Procter & Gamble and up to six other partners.  These partners will help guide the activities of the center and actively participate in the new curriculum.

“I always felt that my engineering education lacked that real-world perspective, that real-world exposure to the challenges, processes, and complexities of collaboration and the sophistication of tools,” said Michael Campbell, executive vice president of PTC’s CAD segment who will serve on EPIC’s advisory board. “Now we have a chance to share all of that with students.”

Funded through a partnership among Boston University, its alumni and regional industry, EPIC will include a computer-aided design studio, demonstration areas, fabrication facilities, and materials testing and measurement laboratories.  Equipment will include state-of-the-art machine tools, 3D printers, and industrial robots.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.  BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.  In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

PTC, Creo and Windchill are trademarks or registered trademarks of PTC Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.


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