Arizona State University will benefit from an in-kind software grant worth a potential $245 million from Siemens PLM Software, reports the Phoenix Business Journal. The grant, announced Aug. 11 as the largest in-kind grant in the university’s history, will benefit ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, and officials believe it will better graduates’ chances of landing a job. "Advanced tools such as the PLM software are essential to preparing our engineers for the challenges they will face in an increasingly complex and global economy. They will be able to meet demand for designing and analyzing systems that transcend traditional boundaries," said Deirdre Meldrum, dean of the Fulton School. Siemens has similar deals with other universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, Virginia Tech, and Purdue…

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