Industry interfaces with the ECE Department from a variety of sources and entry points. The CMU Corporate Relations Office, in conjunction with corporate relations efforts at the college level, remains the primary vehicle for corporate outreach and strategic engagement. The Career and Professional Development Center has an employer relations function that focuses on corporate outreach and introductions to the academic areas.
The ECE Department has increased its corporate interactions, primarily in conjunction with the student metacurricular programs offered through the ECE Office of Alumni and Student Relations. Companies with a strong ECE discipline focus and a desire to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with the department have multiple opportunities to engage ECE students. Companies are welcome to use the IEEE tech/career talk forum to identify and schedule a suitable lecture for all ECE students. While this talk must have more technical and/or career content than a typical company presentation, the company is welcome to have a recruiting reception following the talk.
Prior to the university’s Technical Opportunities Conference (TOC) held each fall, the ECE Department hosts a networking event where graduating students can meet company representatives and talk informally to advance the job search and hiring process. Companies who have registered for the TOC and selected “ECE” as a hiring interest receive an invitation and additional details from the Department about this annual event.
Numerous corporate sponsorship opportunities exist at the department level that help fund ECE student activities and create additional opportunities for company-student engagement. These opportunities include:
ECE assists its students in the pursuit of corporate scholarships and fellowships and welcomes information about available awards.
Established corporate relationships at the department level may evolve into an opportunity to combine alumni and corporate activities at the corporate campus.