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Relationships with Industry and the Community

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering highly values its relationships with industry and the community and invites outside involvement in many areas. Collaboration between corporations and the department provides mutual benefits. We provide industry with training, research partnerships, consulting and access to intellectual talent. Through their support of the department, corporations support the advancement of educational excellence and strengthen their relationship with one of Texas’ leading providers of highly trained technology workers. Corporations gain access to our internationally recognized research faculty, as well as top students, and help set research agendas in our centers and labs. The relationship between university research and industrial innovation is a key driver behind the current technological revolution, with many of the patents filed in the United States inspired by university research.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering invites research collaboration with industry through agreements that protect our intellectual vitality and integrity. Through collaborative relationships, companies are able to make best use of their resources, engage our internationally recognized research faculty, and make use of our state-of-the-art research centers and labs.

CSE Industry Advisory Board

The department's Industry Advisory Board (IAB) is composed of representatives of a wide range of companies, including some of America's leading corporations as well as smaller enterprises. Additionally, members are selected for their ability to provide insight and advice on future directions for the department. Meetings of the Board are held twice a year, with board members interacting with the department as specific needs arise.

The board created the Industry Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship Fund, a scholarship fund supported by gifts from the IAB members. It provides much-needed financial support for top students. Each year, five students are awarded scholarships from the fund.