SolidWorks' powerful capabilities let students work hands-on from day one
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 12, 2003-- The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, dedicated to developing the "21st-century engineer" at no cost to its students, has selected SolidWorks(R) software as one of its primary three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software packages. Olin's first freshman class - drawn from an elite applicant group whose members turned down offers from top engineering schools - has been using SolidWorks since the first week of September to design their inventions, including miniature race cars, kinetic sculptures, and products for a national mechanical engineering contest.
The school, based in Needham, Mass., has purchased 80 licenses of
SolidWorks software, enough for each student. This number will grow
along with the new school, whose enrollment is expected to reach 650
over the next several years. SolidWorks supports a key tenet of Olin's
curriculum, which is to help students work on real-world examples and
projects from day one. Very often, engineering schools require two
years of theoretical math and science studies before giving students
design projects their junior and senior years.
"Olin College is committed to continual improvement and the
adoption of the best practices and tools to provide an outstanding
engineering education," said Olin College President Richard Miller.
"As one of several software tools in use at Olin College, we believe
SolidWorks is an excellent resource for our students because it
enables them to quickly get up to speed and do the kind of hands-on
project work that is such an important part of the Olin curriculum."
During the fall semester, students were able to easily master the
software using the provided tutorials. They then used it for a wide
variety of projects, such as designing a 3D steam engine model,
designing 3D models of water rockets, and creating compressed-nitrogen
powered dragster models. The assignments were part of "cohort"
learning at the college, an innovative curricular approach in which
study in two subject areas is combined with a hands-on project that
ties them together.
Olin College's curriculum answers long-standing calls from
accrediting agencies, corporate leaders, and the National Science
Foundation to align engineering education with the real-world needs of
business and industry. The school stresses hands-on experience,
collaboration, entrepreneurial savvy, and exposure to the liberal
arts. Olin officially opened its doors in August 2002 after a year in
which pre-freshman student "partners" helped develop the curriculum,
honor code, and other institutional pillars. Each Olin student
receives a full tuition and room scholarship made possible by the
college's $400 million commitment from the F.W. Olin Foundation. Full
tuition for all Olin students will continue in perpetuity.
"A 21st-century engineer is by definition a well-rounded engineer
with diverse areas of expertise," said Rosanne Kramer, director of
worldwide education markets for SolidWorks Corporation. "It's only
logical, then, that students would want to use software with similar
qualities. With SolidWorks' tools and its partners' tools, students
can easily integrate a broad range of design-related disciplines like
conceptual design, industrial design, form/fit/functional testing,
functional analysis, simulation, electronics integration, and more."
CADD Edge, an authorized SolidWorks reseller, is providing ongoing
software support and training to Olin College faculty and staff.
About Olin College
The founding principle of Olin College of Engineering is to
prepare leaders able to predict, create, and manage the technologies
of the future. Thanks to a grant of approximately $400 million from
the F.W. Olin Foundation, the Olin education is provided at little or
no cost to bright, talented, creative, and ambitious students,
regardless of their financial circumstances. The curriculum and
facilities are state-of-the-art and designed for fast and continuous
change to adapt to technology and meet the business needs of the 21st
century. For more information, please visit
About CADD Edge
CADD Edge is the developer of the Mechanical Engineering
Productivity Machine(TM). The CADD Edge Productivity Machine enables
engineers to design imaginative products exceptionally fast with
superior quality. Customized for industry-specific SolidWorks
environments, this performance-driven machine is fueled by four
components - auditing, implementation, multi-level training, and
software utilities - all working together to help companies be first
to deliver winning designs from concept to customer. For more
information, call +1-508-366-1799 or visit
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software
for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. Founded
in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for
everyone in product development and foster a collaborative user
community. In seven years of delivering product, SolidWorks has
shipped more than 230,000 total seats of software worldwide.
SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and
supports its products through a worldwide reseller network. For the
latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the
company's Web site (
www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000
(outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).
SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.
Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective
owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation
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