022714_Larry_Robinson Florida A&M University announced Wednesday that it has received an $85 million donation in software technology from the Siemens Corporation, the largest in-kind gift in the school’s history.

This grant helps FAMU students to take on challenges to create that type of workforce that this country desperately needs,” FAMU interim President Larry Robinson told the Tallahassee Democrat.

Students in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering will be the primary beneficiaries of the gift as it will allow them to train using state-of-the-art software technology that is being used by top manufacturers. Siemens, a global software company based in Germany, has assisted FAMU on other projects involving energy efficiency and green initiatives.

“This partnership (with Siemens) is vital in training our engineers as they enter the workforce, and thus enabling them to continue the push for engineering excellence,” said FAMU professor Tarik Dickens, who will be the project manager.