A Winning Proposition
Partnering with the UA College of Engineering is a low-cost, low-risk proposition with enormous potential. Industry partnerships:
- Spur technological discoveries and economic development
- Grow and diversify the workforce pipeline
- Advance engineering education and training
From Fortune 500 companies to local start-ups, federal agencies and nonprofits, industry partners gain access to faculty, labs and research advancements and get early opportunities to try out engineering students as potential employees.
TI Grows Repertoire of Design Projects
Mainstay Texas Instruments has sponsored five Senior Design teams a year since 2010 -- with projects ranging from deep-water sensors and rockets to renewable energy systems and medical devices -- and the company funds the Analog Design Contest Award.
Students Trek to Boeing, Honeywell
Engineering alumni and UA Career Services join forces on industry treks that introduce students to career possibilities in various fields. On the Boeing-Honeywell trek in Phoenix, students meet professionals and see how 737 commercial jets and Apache military helicopters are put together.
Donated Tools Promote Learning
Keysight Technologies, an Agilent spinoff, has donated to the College millions of dollars in design software and electronic instrumentation and Sturm, Ruger & Co. hundreds of thousands of dollars in machining tools, giving UA students a boost in creativity and an edge in the job market.
W.L. Gore Picks Winning Teams
W.L. Gore & Associates sponsors the College’s Solar Oven Throw Down, a dazzling display of freshman engineers’ math moxie and teamwork, held every fall on the UA Mall. Gore awards prizes to the strongest teams, some of whose members have gone on to join Gore’s winning team.
Groups Back High School Course
Science Foundation Arizona, Salt River Project and Intel are major sponsors of ENGR 102 HS, a high school version of the UA’s introductory engineering course. The American Society for Engineering Education honored the course with a Best Practices in K-12 and University Partnerships Award.
Mentors Energize Hispanic Club
Raytheon, IBM and Intel donate thousands of dollars every year to support the award-winning UA chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in its community outreach programs, and company employees guide SHPE students to become engineering leaders.
Defense Firms Adopt Cost Modeling
UA systems engineer Ricardo Valerdi created the Constructive Systems Engineering Cost Model software program using data from BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and other defense contractors. Now the companies are using COSYSMO to quantify R&D decisions.
Center Advances Green Fabrication
The UA-based SRC Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing has developed technologies, including water filtration and solvent-free deposition, that have been licensed and adopted by Fortune 100 companies and start-ups alike.
Agencies Support Traffic Reduction
The Arizona Transit Association has provided financial support for the development of a high-speed bus transit system, and the Pima Association of Governments has partnered on a traffic app designed to alleviate traffic congestion by encouraging motorists to modify their commuting habits.
Student Interns Convert to Full-Time
Like dozens of other major defense contractors and engineering companies, Sargent Aerospace & Defense recruits employees at the College of Engineering’s annual, student-run iExpo Industry Career Fair. The companies regularly hire UA graduates after testing them out as student interns.
Class Talk Ends with Key Hires
Representatives of global consulting firm ECI spoke to a class of UA Engineering seniors and interviewed each student afterward. Three of those former civil engineering students have worked as engineers for the company since they graduated in 2012-2013.
Raytheon Project Steers Careers
For a nominal investment, Raytheon got help from an interdisciplinary Senior Design team to develop robotic devices that help prevent fires on naval ships and injuries among soldiers on ground patrol. Raytheon has hired two of the team members to continue working on the technology.
Alum Employs a Dozen Graduates
Aztera LLC accelerates technology development for its dozens of customers ranging from Intel to one-person start-ups. The company’s CEO and president, Manny Teran, who serves on the College’s Industry Advisory Board, and 12 of his 13 engineers are all UA Engineering alumni.