Colorado State University: PTC University Authorized Training Partner Case Study


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Colorado State University: PTC University Authorized Training Partner Case Study

  1. 1. PTC.comPage 1 of 4 | PTC Academic Program Case Study PTC Academic Program: Delivering an Academic Advantage Colorado State University Expanding university curriculum into industry training Founded in 1870, Colorado State University (CSU) is now among the nation’s leading research universities, and is home to the College of Engineering, a designated Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive University. The CSU College of Engineering graduates have gone on to distinguished careers as innovators in industry, outstanding educators, and highly ranked government leaders; a true reflection of their vision to create a better world for future generations.
  2. 2. PTC.comPage 2 of 4 | PTC Academic Program Case Study Located in the foothills of Colorado, Fort Collins is a mix of manufacturing and service-related businesses. Many high-tech companies, such as Hewlett Packard Company, Avago Technologies, Woodward Governor, Intel and even PTC, have relocated to Fort Collins because of the Colorado State University resources and its research facilities. Colorado State University has had a long-standing relationship with PTC, and has taught industry- recognized software to undergraduate mechanical engineering students for years. CSU chose to teach using PTC Creo® and PTC Windchill ® to show the power of commercial software and provide a well-rounded educational experience spanning outside of just computer-aided design courses and into senior design courses through collaboration. CSU has also started standardizing their mechanical engineering curriculum using PTC University eLearning Libraries as a textbook in order to provide the same training used by local employers. CSU has successfully implemented every tier of the PTC Academic Program into their engineering curriculum, and has now decided to expand that curriculum and technology outside of just the undergraduate program and into the community where they have built great relationships with the local industry. Barry Brinks, CSU adjunct faculty member and founder of Brinks Engineering Inc., along with CSU’s Dean of Libraries, Dr. Patrick Burns, are heading up the new venture on campus. PTC University Authorized Training Partners provide the ability for educational institutions to deliver training outside of just their undergraduate students, and expand out into commercial and community training. “ With our state-of-the-art facility, links to industry, and specially equipped engineering computer labs, becoming a PTC University Authorized Training Partner in order to expand the curriculum and technology into the community was a natural fit.“ Dr. Patrick Burns, Dean of Libraries, CSU
  3. 3. PTC.comPage 3 of 4 | PTC Academic Program Case Study On the main Fort Collins campus in the Morgan Library, CSU can host up to 100 trainees at one time in engineering computer labs as well as six other university locations. By using PTC University eLearning Libraries, they can provide training curriculum for introductory courses and upgrade courses (e.g., on PTC Creo) like other PTC training facilities. Also, CSU brings custom multimedia content to the course that Brinks hopes will provide an exciting new way to experience the capability of the PTC software. With access to the abundance of tools at CSU, they can utilize new technology to put their curriculum in context, such as applying the Microsoft® Xbox® to scan objects for reverse engineering, rapid prototyping for visualization, and virtual platforms for collaboration. “The training program CSU offers with PTC is unique,” said Brinks. “For the first time, we are showing not just the basics of how PTC Creo CAD software can be utilized, but also blending it with exciting new technologies such as additive manufacturing and 3D scanning to create a unique learning experience for PTC customers and students at the university.” Becoming a PTC University Authorized Training Partner benefits not only just CSU but the students and local industry: • Students: Not only do students have the opportunity to receive instruction from experienced educators, but upon successfully completing the coursework on PTC Creo and PTC Windchill, students will receive a certification of completion from Colorado State University and continuing education • Local industry: These companies now have a local, dedicated facility to provide professional development, new hire training, and more – keeping their companies competitive in the industry • University: By becoming a PTC University Authorized Training Partner, CSU has the ability to provide world-class engineering training to their community and global campuses, generating a meaningful business within the university
  4. 4. PTC.comPage 4 of 4 | PTC Academic Program Case Study “In addition to the coursework offered by Colorado State University, the opportunity for PTC to expand its current training portfolio will help our customers seeking continuing education and professional development alternatives,” said John Stuart, Senior Vice President of Global Education at PTC. “We are pleased to work with the University to give students and others the opportunity to learn about product design software and technology that’s being used by many global manufacturers.” To find out more on Colorado State University’s training program, please visit the CSU Training website . To learn more about becoming a PTC University Authorized Training Partner, please contact us. © 2014, PTC Inc. (PTC). All rights reserved. Information described herein is furnished for informational use only, is subject to change without notice, and should not be taken as a guarantee, commitment, condition or offer by PTC. PTC, the PTC logo, Product Service Advantage, Creo, Elements/Direct, Windchill, Mathcad and all other PTC product names and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of PTC and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other product or company names are property of their respective owners. J3648–PTC Academic Program–EN–0314