Olin College, Committed to Turning out '21st-Century Engineers,' Standardizes on SolidWorks 3D CAD
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Olin College, Committed to Turning out '21st-Century Engineers,' Standardizes on SolidWorks 3D CAD

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 www.olin.edu.

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 www.caddedge.com.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, 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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