by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., Feb. 9, 2004 – The New Mexico Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering and its associated mechatronics program have been named the recipients of a recent grant provided by the Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) which will allow students at the university to employ some of the latest available design and analysis software.

The grant, which was made possible through the EDS Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Academic Partnership Program, consists of ten seats of FEMAP and NX Nastran, which are both considered industry standards in finite element analysis and computer-aided design software.

The commercial value of the donated software package is estimated to be worth about $235,000.

New Mexico Tech juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in the research university’s mechanical engineering program will use the new software package in their current design and research work.

In addition, new courses will be offered at New Mexico Tech to teach engineering students how to fully implement all the capabilities of the new software.

“This grant will provide the students and faculty of New Mexico Tech with state-of-the-art, high-technology industry software that will allow them to design and engineer projects using the same tools that today’s top-flight manufacturing and engineering companies employ,” says Richard S. Reilly, chairman of New Mexico Tech’s department of mechanical engineering.

“In particular, since NX Nastran is an industry standard in engineering analysis tools, Tech students who learn how to use it in the course of their studies will be better equipped to enter the workforce when they graduate,” Reilly adds.

EDS, the world’s largest independent information technology services company, provides strategy, implementation, business transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and technology complexities of today’s “digital economy.”