Technology Giant Siemens Corporation announced recently a technology grant worth nearly $630 million to the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing. Officials say the grant provides computers, robotics, and software licensing as well as hardware to develop a “digital factory innovation lab” where students will model and test systems they may work on in the future. USC President Harris Pastides says students will graduate prepared for the high-tech jobs in the worldwide economy. A spokesman for the German-based company says the announcement is part of the company’s efforts to develop the workforce of the future.
South Carolina Public Radio’s Vince Kolb-Lugo talked with Dr. Hossein Haj-Hariri, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina, about what the public-private partnership means for students and the university.