Strategic Plan Objective
Maintain an active Industrial Advisory Board for a continuous linkage to industry.
The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is constituted by a select group of representatives
from industry and government, whose advice will be sought by the College of
Engineering on academic matters and general trends in engineering education
and research. IAB is a forum where ideas are exchanged and recommendations
made, a forum providing direct communication between the College and the engineering
profession, promoting the academic excellence of the College. Establishing
a strong and active IAB will be an essential priority in our strategic plan.
Provide a forum in which curriculum development and instruction (undergraduate
and graduate), research and professional development can be discussed and
Educational and applied research programs are to be attuned to the needs of
industry. Advise the College in developing both strategic (long range) and
tactical (short range) Laboratory and Computer plans, along with implementation
schedules. Formulate outreach projects: recruiting, retaining and placing
students in co-ops/internships, as well as jobs/careers.
The IAB will consist of about 25 members serving for three years (renewable)
representing a wide spectrum of industries and corporations.
Alumni should be selected whenever possible. Prospective IAB members will
be identified by the Dean with help from the Vice President for Institutional
Advancement and with considerable input from faculty.
The IAB will have two regular meetings per year, in the fall and spring semesters
with smaller groups (subcommittees) meeting throughout the year and working
on specific initiatives.
IAB meetings will be run by a Chair appointed by the Dean and minutes on discussions
and recommendations will be kept. The regular meeting will start with breakfast
and take approximately half of a day. An agenda will be distributed in advance,
to prepare for the meeting and permit timely faculty input. Each member is
encouraged to offer constructive suggestions on how the stature of the College
can be enhanced, through improved instruction, increased research, more effective
faculty and student recruitment and retention, curriculum development and
infrastructure enhancement (facilities and equipment). The IAB provides the
forum for an open channel of communication between the academic and industrial
communities. After each meeting, the Dean will report to the faculty on the
deliberations and recommendations for action.