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Siemens executive to deliver commencement address

Siemens executive to deliver commencement address

Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, Siemens executive, is commencement speaker

APRIL 25, 2013 -- Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of the North American Industry Sector of Siemens, will address SPSU graduates on Sat., May 11, at the university’s 106th Commencement in the Gymnasium. Siemens has had a longstanding relationship with the university, donating equipment for student and faculty research, making generous gifts to the mechatronics engineering program and employing SPSU graduates.

This will be the largest spring commencement in SPSU’s history, with more than 500 students having petitioned to graduate. The School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering Technology and Management will award degrees to their graduates – including the university’s first Bachelor of Science in Political Science – at a ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. The 2 p.m. program is for graduates of the School of Architecture and Construction Management, the School of Computing and Software Engineering and the School of Engineering.

Dr. Ludwig joined Siemens in 1990 and worked for the company in various managerial capacities in Kazakhstan, Germany and Argentina before he was appointed president of Siemens PLM Software, a business based in Plano, Texas, acquired by Siemens in 2007. He successfully led PLM Software’s integration into Siemens with its 50 legal entities and facilities in 26 countries while working with its management team to develop long-term strategic direction.

In 2010, Dr. Ludwig was given responsibility for the global communications activities of the Siemens Industry Sector’s Industry Automation division, and then took over as CEO for the Industry Sector in North America in October 2011.

Dr. Ludwig holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago; and a doctorate from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany. He is also an adjunct professor in corporate strategy at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business in Dallas. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish.