Siemens announces 3rd series of R&D student fellowship challenges

Siemens Corporate Technology, a research and development hub in Princeton, announced on Monday the third series of its R&D student fellowship challenges.

The FutureMakers Fellowship 3.0 was created, Siemens said, to foster innovative ideas and support the future of work.

Twelve students — from Carnegie Mellon University; University of California, Berkeley; or the Georgia Institute of Technology — will be provided a portion of a $1 million award so they can work with researchers and scientists over the course of a year to bring new technology concepts to life.

“With these challenges, we’re not just providing monetary support, but inviting students to collaborate with our R&D experts in-person and develop their ideas for real-world impact,” Virginie Maillard, head of Siemens Corporate Technology USA and head of the Simulation and Digital Twin Technology Field, said. “These students have innovative concepts for solving today’s societal challenges, and we’re excited to work with them and bring the technologies to life.”

The challenges will task doctoral students with developing next-generation software concepts around emerging technologies and trends based on Siemens’ R&D portfolio, university core competences and market-driven needs, including cybersecurity, gamifaction, robotics, artificial intelligence and Big Data analytics.

“From inception to its realization, this is a great program. During the Challenge, our team of students worked tirelessly for 24 hours and came up with a computational tool using machine learning techniques and topology optimization to speed digital design and manufacturing. Since then we have been collaborating with the Siemens colleagues, which involves frequent teleconferences, site visits, internships and fellowships. This culminated with Siemens hiring one of the students who won the Challenge — a success story!” Glaucio Paulino, Raymond Allen Jones chair and professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, said.

Once students complete their demonstrations, a university partner will select the winner based on innovation, creative thinking and market need relevance.