Siemens, U-M seek proposals for online engineering courses


Siemens Digital Industries Software and the University of Michigan’s Center for Academic Innovation are seeking proposals to help U-M faculty develop and deliver innovative massive open online course specializations that explore the future of engineering in an increasingly complex, digital world.

U-M faculty will be eligible for up to $75,000 in financial support, $150,000 in in-kind support through course design and production, and access to Siemens’ expertise in software, product support, and consultation. The application deadline is May 15.

Siemens Digital Industries Software focuses on digitalizing the entire production process, and wants to work with the best minds in engineering education to bring the power of digitalization to learners everywhere. U-M is a leader in online education through the Center for Academic Innovation and home to one of the nation’s best engineering programs.

“Our academic partnership with the University of Michigan connects industry with academia to empower both the current and future workforce with digital technologies and real-world expertise,” said Dora Smith, global senior director of the Academic Partner Program at Siemens.

“These online courses will allow students and faculty to leverage our expertise in digital product design, simulation, analysis and manufacturing while exploring key topics for the future of engineering.” 

Project proposals should focus on the future of mobility; digital twin, additive manufacturing; model-based systems engineering; or artificial intelligence or machine learning. Proposals should also include an outline of three to six MOOCs designed together to build professional skills for real-world application.

“We are always looking to partner with fellow innovators, and Siemens’ commitment to solving problems using technology to create opportunities and leverage the power of data is a great match,” said Lauren Atkins Budde, director of open learning initiatives at the center.

“We are thrilled to bring their passion and expertise into developing new courses that will allow U-M’s faculty to enhance their research and deliver education to the world in new, exciting ways.”


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