Nikki Haley

Siemens joins with University of S Carolina aerospace center

Siemens Corp. is joining with the University of South Carolina to provide students access to an estimated $628 million worth of the latest technology.

The in-kind grant announced Thursday involves computers, robotics and unlimited licensing on the latest software. Roughly a quarter will go toward creating a "digital factory innovation lab" in the school's McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research. Most of the rest will be used throughout the university's college of engineering and computing. Other departments, such as business, will also benefit.

"This is one of the most important days in the modern history of the university," university...