Industrial Affiliates Program

Members of the College of Information and Computer Sciences Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) benefit from increased visibility on campus and reduced recruiting costs through direct access to top-tier students. Through our relationships with our corporate members, the college receives the necessary funding to improve education, research, and student development, as well as information that helps the college stay in tune with marketplace needs.

In addition to the IAP, the college works in close coordination with its research centers and institutes to provide access to students and research in important topical areas of interest. Other areas for support include memberships in the Center for Data Science Industry Affiliates Program, equipment and software donations, student scholarships and fellowships, sponsored research projects with individual faculty and research labs, and unrestricted research grants.

For more information, contact Kerry Shaw, director of external relations and communications, at kshaw [at] cics.umass.edu or 413-545-4878. 

Affiliate Membership 

 

Description 

 

Benefit 

Direct access to Director of Career & Student Development for questions, partnership and hiring strategy coordination

Student Access

One table at the Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Career Fair held each fall

Student Access

Participation in networking event for IAP members the evening prior to the Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Career Fair

Student Access

One table at Spring CICS Career Fair

Student Access

Meet-and-greet table in the Computer Science Building one-time per academic year

Student Access

One corporate information session or technical talk per academic year

Student Access

Company logo featured on CICS website, publications, and other communication channels

Visibility

Priority consideration for sponsorship of seminar series and student activities/events

Visibility

Complimentary subscription to, and acknowledgment in, the college's bi-annual newsletter, Significant Bits

Visibility

Distribution of job/internship descriptions and special event information to students

Visibility

Invitations to research reviews and other special events

Knowledge Sharing

Opportunities to explore sponsored research projects with CICS faculty

Knowledge Sharing


 

STARTUP MEMBERSHIP 

CICS is committed to supporting startup companies and introducing our students to entrepreneurship. The benefits below are available to companies with fewer than 50 employees that have been in existence for fewer than 5 years. Only 7 startup company memberships are available per academic year on a first come, first served basis.

 

Description 

 

Benefit 

Participation in fall networking event prior to the Engineering, Computer Science and Technology Career Fair

Student Access

One meet-and-greet table per year in the Computer Science Building

Student Access

Company name included in list of startup members on CICS website

Visibility


 

OTHER PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 

CENTER FOR DATA SCIENCE INDUSTRY AFFILIATES PROGRAM

The Center for Data Science engages with corporate partners across a spectrum of industry sectors to develop mutually beneficial interactions in support of its mission to expand data science education, research, economic development, and societal impact. more >> 

CENTER FOR INTELLIGENT INFORMATION RETRIEVAL MEMBERSHIP 

The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR), one of the leading research groups in the areas of information retrieval and information extraction, studies and develops tools that provide effective and efficient access to large networks of heterogeneous, multimedia information. Over the past 25 years, the CIIR has worked with over 100 member companies and government agencies on technology transfer initiatives, including improvements to existing information services, new applications, commercial licenses, and spin-off companies. more >>

SPONSORED RESEARCH

The college's faculty are conducting ground-breaking research in important areas like artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, computer vision, information retrieval, software engineering, theoretical computer science, networking, robotics, and mobile and sensor systems. Research funding from industry and government exceeded $18 million in fiscal year 2015. CICS maintains significant research collaborations with more than 30 industry-leading technology companies.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Corporate philanthropic investments in student programs and activities have contributed to the success of our student organizations, enriched our curriculum, and provided real-world learning opportunities. The college works closely with companies to facilitate student connections that match their goals and interests. Specific opportunities include named scholarships, funding for student organizations (e.g., ACM, CSWomen), student award sponsorships, and support for students attending the Grace Hopper Celebration and other conferences.