PACE, Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education, is a partnership between General Motors, Siemens PLM Software, Autodesk, Hewlett Packard and Oracle to support strategically-selected academic institutions worldwide. The PACE mission is to develop the automotive Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) team of the future, by closing the gap between engineering education and practice. PLM is an integrated digital/parametric-based approach to a product’s lifecycle, from design inception through manufacture, marketing, distribution, maintenance and into recycling, disposal, reuse, and sustainability.

PACE integrates game-changing math-based tools and technologies into the creative design, engineering, and manufacturing curricula of key academic institutions, not only to develop students who are skilled in the latest industry PLM tools and technologies but also to enhance the competitiveness of the universities in each country. PACE strives to align academic and industry expectations by helping students to acquire experience with math-based tools and processes through classroom instruction, lab assignments, and interdisciplinary collaborative projects within or among universities globally.