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Global technology giant Siemens has chosen the University of Sheffield to be among its key innovation partners, as part of its new global research and innovation ecosystems announced today (July 12, 2022).
New Research and Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) saw Siemens evolve its strategic engagement program with universities to include, for the first time, seven UK universities in its first tier of innovation partnerships. These include the universities of Sheffield, Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford and Newcastle University.
Made up of 16 regions around the world, including two in the UK, each ecosystem includes universities, Siemens companies, research institutes, catapult centers, innovation start-ups, creative individuals, business partners and customers, all working together to create, scale, and bring breakthrough technologies and services to market with the shortest possible time and maximum impact.
The seven UK universities were selected because they share Siemens’ core interests in digital industries, smart infrastructure, eMobility and core technologies, and they were assessed as among the top 10 global institutions for a or more of the areas of interest to Siemens for collaboration. Sheffield’s research mandate in new ecosystems will focus on the future of manufacturing.
Carl Ennis, CEO of Siemens UK, said: “This is an important recognition by our global company that UK universities have a lot to offer in terms of innovation, ingenuity and creativity. These universities have demonstrated that they are more than capable of leading and participating in collaborative projects locally and globally.
Sheffield research with Siemens
The University of Sheffield has a long-standing relationship with Siemens, which has seen it partner with the company on a range of projects to develop pioneering solutions for some of the biggest challenges facing the UK and the rest of the world. The relationship has also impacted the way Sheffield teaches its engineering students, part of the university’s world-class engineering education, which produces highly skilled engineering graduates to help bridge the skills gap. in businesses and industries across South Yorkshire, North England and the rest of the UK.
Since 2009, researchers from the University’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering have been collaborating with Siemens Gamesa to develop the most reliable, innovative and efficient wind turbines. As the UK strives to reach net zero, the wind turbines launched under the partnership will be at the forefront of wind power systems.
Siemens has also worked with researchers from the university’s civil and structural engineering department and Yorkshire Water to develop groundbreaking artificial intelligence that can predict blockages in sewers. The blockage prediction tool can help prevent sewers from backing up during heavy rains, which could flood homes, gardens and rivers with sewage. Yorkshire Water is rolling out the new AI across its network of over 2,000 Combined Sewer Weirs (CSOs) in a bid to reduce pollution risks in the region.
How Siemens helps engineering students in Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is a member of Siemens’ Connected Curriculum initiative – an education program where students gain industrial experience and develop crucial digital skills needed by industry. The initiative brings together academia and industry by integrating Siemens Industry 4.0 technology into the Sheffield programme. It helps academic staff adapt the company’s industrial hardware, software and learning materials to help students develop Industry 4.0 skills as part of their degree.
The University’s Careers Department has worked with Siemens to develop a joint recruiting strategy, designed to include initiatives that raise the profile of the company and the career options available on campus, while providing Siemens representatives the opportunity to engage and get to know students in Sheffield.
Siemens worked with the University to unearth the next generation of engineering, technology and business talent through a virtual competition, which challenged students to design an intelligent, sustainable and interconnected transportation system. The winning team won interviews for internships and graduate positions in Siemens’ mobility, smart infrastructure and digital industries businesses.
Professor Jim Litster, Vice President for Engineering at the University of Sheffield, said: “For the University of Sheffield, the partnership with Siemens provides a great opportunity to connect to real manufacturing operations where our work university can make a real difference. Our partnership is deep and well established, and this news demonstrates the University of Sheffield’s commitment to working closely together to advance global research and innovation.
“We have one of the largest cohorts of engineering students in the UK with over 6,700 students and through this partnership with Siemens, our students have been able to put into practice what they learn in the lecture hall. Our strategic graduate recruitment plan has set a precedent for the way Siemens works with its other university partners and as a result, we have become one of the largest providers of highly qualified Siemens engineering graduates in the UK.
Siemens R&D with University of Sheffield CDMA
Siemens is also a Tier 1 member of the University of Sheffield’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing Research, a hugely successful R&D facility on the border of Sheffield and Rotherham that provides a model of academic and industry collaboration, driving the innovation, sustainability and productivity.
Siemens’ membership in the AMRC gives it the space, people, skills and time to innovate. Through membership, Siemens donates the company’s advanced digital technologies, which the world’s top AMRC engineers use to help Siemens and other manufacturers innovate in a low-risk environment.
AMRC has worked with Siemens for nearly 15 years and has driven innovation in key areas of manufacturing such as machining, discrete event simulation, manufacturing planning, augmented reality and the internet objects (IoT). The partnership helps Siemens and other companies plan future manufacturing facilities.
Professor Alan Norbury, Chief Technologist at Siemens UK and Ireland, said: “The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) should be very proud of the major role it has played in obtaining this recognition. AMRC is one of the few global elite innovation centers to receive direct project funding from Siemens, something I and many others across Siemens Britain and Ireland have been working on for many years. many years. As I have said many times, AMRC’s greatest asset is its people; they continue to be so supportive, engaging and passionate about everything they do.
Steve Foxley, who spent more than 20 years at Siemens before taking over as CEO of AMRC in 2020, said: “Siemens plays an important role in contributing to our mission to deliver sustainable manufacturing technologies and enabling the delivery of sustainable products to our manufacturers. partners – and with the University becoming a leading partner, this will only enhance these opportunities.
“This announcement not only reaffirms the strong working relationship between the University, AMRC and Siemens, but acts as a driver to advance both our goal of innovation and sustainability as we strive to continue to have impact on the world stage.”
For more information on the University of Sheffield’s partnerships with Siemens, visit: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/business/partners/siemens