Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, N.Y., and Siemens Energy & Automation, Atlanta, recently announced a new research and education partnership, which seeks to enhance real-world training for engineering students, while also improving the safety and design of automated systems used in manufacturing. As part of the agreement, Siemens is donating $250,000 in hardware, software, and monetary contributions to RIT's Advanced Systems Integration Laboratory within the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

"Siemens is a worldwide leader in the development of automation controls and we are very proud to be selected to assist them in advancing their technology," says Sudhakar Paidy, RIT professor of industrial and systems engineering and director of the Advanced Systems Integration Lab. "This partnership will also enable us to greatly enhance the education and research opportunities for RIT's engineering students both in the class room and the lab."