When people think of industry involvement on the Michigan Technological University campus, Career Fairs are often the first things that come to mind. The Fall and Spring Career Fair brings hundreds of companies to campus for several days of interaction and interviews with students.
The spring also brings many companies to campus for a different kind of engagement. In April, corporate representatives traveled to campus to provide valuable information to the University. Their time and talents were used to help shape and develop future programs, provide insights into past efforts, and connect with current students that may be their future employees.
Here a few examples of different ways companies have gotten involved on campus in the past month:
Michigan Tech has more than 20 Advisory Boards for different departments, colleges, and other organizations. These Educational Advisory Boards (EAB) typically meet twice per year. The agenda for these meetings is adjusted to focus on individual priorities of the group. Departmental advisory boards have anywhere from 10-25 members. Members of the boards receive updates on departmental activities, provide feedback on future program development, and ensure that the University continues to meet the needs of industry.
For example, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional Advisory Council (CEEPAC) discussed accreditation, toured some facilities, met with current students, and learned about some new research developments.
Design Expo allows corporate representatives to interact with students to discuss what they learned throughout the year working on their Senior Design and Enterprise projects. Judges volunteer their time to help provide students valuable feedback about their presentations and projects but they also get an opportunity to learn more about student’s future career plans.
Many companies take advantage of the various activities to hold executive meetings on campus. For example, executives from Ford Motor Company made a two-day visit to discuss their broad involvement across campus. During their visit, they had a chance to talk to university leadership, department chairs, and various faculty involved in research projects. They also had events to informally meet with students working on their projects or receiving their scholarships. A panel discussion was held in the evening to let students ask questions of these executives in an informal setting.
To learn more about additional ways to get involved on campus, please contact Jim Desrochers or any member of the corporate relations staff.