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Autodesk partnership boosts engineering design and innovation

19 January 2012

(From left) Mr Joseph, Mr George Abraham, Autodesk Head of Asia-Pacific Education, Prof Chan and Prof Tan Thiam Soon, NUS Vice Provost (Education), at the MOU signing ceremony
NUS has chosen design software company Autodesk Inc to be its industry partner. The collaboration will allow staff and students from the University's Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (EDIC) and the Design-Centric Curriculum (DCC) to access the Autodesk Education Master Suites.

At the MOU signing ceremony on 17 January, Prof Chan Eng Soon, Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering, noted that Autodesk technology is being used by highly skilled professionals and learning it will provide engineering students with cutting-edge capabilities.

Mr Tom Joseph, Head of Worldwide Education for Autodesk believes that the software, which spans multiple design segments, will be the ideal solution for students and NUS to experiment with inter-disciplinary learning.

The Autodesk Education Master Suites comprise 20 Autodesk software products and the Autodesk Vault data management software. Educators can use it to help students build valuable work skills and prepare for careers in architecture, engineering and the digital arts.

At NUS, DCC students will use the Autodesk software for projects related to three broad themes: Smart, Sustainable Cities; Engineering in Medicine; and Future Transportation Systems, said Director of EDIC Prof Tham Ming Po.

The agreement also saw the launch of the NUS-Autodesk Term Professorship, an appointment which will lead the development of design curriculum, create innovative designs and tools using Autodesk software, as well as help faculty and students with training and certification.

NUS students had used Autodesk software in projects such as the Eco-car which won the Design Award in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2011.