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Industry Affiliates Program

The Center for Data Science actively 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. In close coordination with the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), the Center works with companies to identify their goals, and facilitate meaningful and productive involvement.


Industry Affiliates Program

(includes automatic enrollment in the CICS Industry Affiliates Program):


➤ Research Access to the more than 250 core and affiliated faculty and PHD students.

◎ Recruiting Ease to the scores of undergraduate and graduate students specializing in data science.

✲ Branding Enhancement in front of students, faculty, staff, and other influencers.

▤ Learning Opportunities for your existing workforce.

✦ Influence & Input into the future of the Center, its programs and research.


Here are the program’s features:

◎✲ ✦Recruiting assistance for internship and employee hiring. Individualized matchmaking support with pointers to data science students who are most relevant to your needs, guidance crafting internship or job ads to best attract our students, and collaborative brainstorming on how to optimize internships. Post employment opportunities where they have greatest impact on students. Assistance in coordinating interviews and rooms. Visible company id & brand placement. Distribute to our data science mailing list.


◎✲▤✦Opportunity to participate in mentorship and capstone project program. Match your scientists as a mentors to BS & MS students of interest, provide data (under agreement), and recommend specific data science project problems. Get to know students as prospective interns or employees.


➤◎✲▤✦Participate in annual Data Science Research Symposium. Interact with our faculty and senior researchers as they present their most recent research and industry participants share accomplishments and challenges. Discuss technical trends and projections in breakout sessions on focused topics, such as machine learning & optimization, scalable data management, human language technology, computer vision, digital healthcare & biomedicine and business analytics, finance & insurance.


➤ ✲▤✦Sponsor, attend or present at Data Science seminars, tech talks & other events.  Gain exposure when your scientists present research at our popular Machine Learning & Friends weekly seminar series, or more informal, interactive contact at our bi-weekly Data Science Tea poster sessions, or other focused events.  Learn about recent technical advances at these and our Data Science Distinguished Lecture Series.  Sponsorship opportunities are available to heighten exposure.


➤ ✦Connect with Data Science faculty & research. We streamline access to data science researchers among our 250+ affiliated faculty, staff, and PhD students. For example, we facilitate meetings of select company members with relevant faculty experts, where your challenges & technology can be presented, and solutions, research, emerging technology and trends discussed––potentially leading to joint projects.


➤◎ ▤✦Credit towards research projects.  In certain circumstances, affiliate companies receive credit toward the cost of postdoc and PhD time in research projects.


➤ ✲ ✦Membership in CDS Industrial Advisory Board.  Provide input to CDS leadership to shape our plans for future educational, research, event programs, their timing, and the Industry Affiliates Program itself.


Sponsored Research & Unrestricted Research Grants

Engage our faculty, postdocs, students, and their advanced expertise on opportunities of specific importance to your company or subcontracts. Initiate projects rapidly through our fast-track approach.


Topical Research & Unrestricted Research Grants

Financially support research of selected data science faculty or labs doing topically-focused work relevant to your company, while providing them freedom to pursue exciting new avenues dynamically without preconceived restrictions. Interact with the faculty and labs throughout the performance of the work.


Center Gifts & Philanthropy

Support the Center and its capacity for education, research, economic development and societal impact. Receive prominent silver/gold/platinum recognition for your brand among the Center’s students, faculty and affiliates. Also consider major philanthropic contributions, which enable us to grow our faculty and space.


To join the program and get additional information, please email our Industry Relations staff at