The Boeing Company recently signed a 30-year agreement with Dassault Systèmes. Due to this commitment, Dassault Systèmes, producers of CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA, and more – has offered Washington State a tremendous educational discount on the software.

In July 2017, Dassault Systèmes and Boeing announced an important extension of their partnership: Boeing will deploy the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to deepen its end-to-end digital collaboration, design, engineering, analysis, manufacturing planning and shop floor execution capabilities. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform will support Boeing’s digital transformation.

Jean-Philippe Laguerre, Senior Client Executive, Academia & Research NAM for Dassault Systèmes, said that they are committed to workforce development in Washington through the community and technical college system. Now, this discount has also been extended to Washington State University.

The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing executes the purchase of the software on behalf of the colleges.

“This arrangement has saved our colleges tens of thousands of dollars,” said Mary Kaye Bredeson, executive director.
The other benefit to this association is that because industry leader, Boeing, has committed to this software, and now, education has committed to this software, there will be consistency in the training of the future workforce.

Laguerre is also focused on the versatility of skills development in working with their products. He said, “In the state of WA, there is a rich aerospace environment, but the students can work across different products.” His vision includes a big picture approach to viewing our changing technologies, both in the aerospace industry, and across other industries, “Students need to be more adaptive, and have soft skills, critical thinking, teamwork, different domains, understanding software, and knowledge across disciplines.”

The arrangement allows for 900 users across the community and technical colleges, and WSU, over a 3-year term. Laguerre added, “This is a beginning…what we have with the state of Washington is unique.”

“We are serving a region to support the high demand in the state,” he concluded. The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing procured the relationship with Dassault Systèmes that led to the engagement.