£9.5M electronics design & test software donation by Pulsonix to NMiTE, UK's 1st dedicated engineering university
13 June 2019
Students at NMiTE (New Model in Technology & Engineering – the project to create the UK's first dedicated engineering university, in Hereford) will be using state-of-the-art electronics design & test software when it opens its doors in September 2019, thanks to a generous donation from Pulsonix, worth £9.5million.
Pulsonix, a creator of sophisticated, yet easy-to-use engineering design software for electronics, is providing NMiTE with 1,200 licences over the next four years, giving students full use of its professional PCB (printed circuit board) design and test software.
Bob Williams, Managing Director of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire-based Pulsonix, said: “We are delighted to provide our software, enabling NMiTE’s students to work with leading-edge commercial software from the moment they start on the projects for engineering employers.
“Our software is particularly designed to enable engineers to combine advanced electronic components into items they create, for instance, incorporating sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) elements, or enabling remote and AI control.
“When it launches, NMiTE will be Britain’s first dedicated engineering university, offering a fresh and much-needed new approach that will help ensure more young people are attracted into this strategically important profession. That's why Pulsonix is providing such strong support to this important initiative, which is so strategically important for the UK’s engineering sector – and indeed the whole UK economy.
”We are excited to be working and supporting this new project, especially based in the West of England, close to our headquarters. The learning schedules that NMiTE are promoting replicate modern industry, and Pulsonix fits well into this, as an easy-to-learn electronics design system. Students will leave the course and will be immediately employable – something that is important to both the regional economy, and the UK’s engineering sector overall.”
Toby Kinnaird, NMiTE’s Engineer in Residence (and himself, CEO of Barrs Court Engineering), said: “This donation of software, worth £9.5 million, from Pulsonix is a major and generous contribution to the success of NMiTE.
“Part of our distinctive approach is that students will be learning through working on real-life commercial projects for employers, and this will enable them to do this using the same Pulsonix software already used by hundreds of leading engineering businesses.”
Toby Kinnaird added: “The future of engineering is enabled through the increasing embedding of electronics, for capturing data used in control and AI, and for connectivity with the spread of the Internet of Things and implementation of Industry 4.0. Pulsonix’s software is particularly valuable for work on leading-edge areas, such as automated vehicles, 5G or other high speed design projects”
The Pulsonix highly productive EDA technology suite has been designed to meet the ever-changing needs of PCB design in the 21st century, and sets the new standard for the electronics industry with easy-to-use and learn schematic capture and PCB layout programs. The software engineering professionals at Pulsonix understand the need for high quality and fast response times, and use the very latest software writing techniques in graphics and data handling to produce best-in-class tools.
Britain has an estimated annual shortfall of at least 22,000 engineering graduates (according to Engineering UK's 2018 report: The state of engineering) and closing this gap is essential if the country is to have the high-value skills needed for a successful modern economy. NMiTE is being created to help solve this problem with a radical new approach and a curriculum that combines the best innovations from leading universities around the world.
Subject to validation, NMiTE will open its doors to an initial Pioneer Cohort of undergraduates in September 2019. By 2020, it’s expected that a minimum of 150 students will be based at a purpose-built city centre campus in Hereford, from where NMiTE will deliver the world’s most distinctive and innovative engineering curriculum. With a focus on learning by doing, it intends to be educating more than 5,000 engineering students by 2032.
The project to create the engineering university of the future is being strongly backed by engineering businesses, the Herefordshire community, Herefordshire Council, Olin College of Engineering (USA), professional engineering bodies and the UK Government, which recently announced up to £23million in initial funding and featured it in its recent White Paper Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future. £8 million of this funding for the project was awarded to the Marches LEP via its Growth Deal with Government. Growth Deals are awarded to LEPs through a competitive bidding process to fund the delivery of projects to boost the local economy.
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