Affiliates Receive Research Sneak Peak at WNCG Board Meeting 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Each year, in conjunction with the Texas Wireless Summit, WNCG hosts a board meeting for its Industrial Affiliate members. This meeting invites affiliates to weigh in on current and future research directions and provides them with direct access to students for recruitment and research purposes. Affiliate members also receive sneak peeks into current faculty research.

The Industrial Affiliate Program allows companies to become stakeholders in WNCG and to participate in the growth and direction of the center. Initially founded to significantly lower the cost of pre-competitive research for each sponsor, the program maximizes benefits to each sponsoring company.

In addition to benefiting from regular interaction with 130 graduate students and 20 top faculty, affiliates receive special access to high-quality students for recruitment purposes, first views of research publications and business opportunities for joint research collaborations. Affiliate interaction has inspired many graduate student dissertations and created a fertile recruiting ground for affiliate companies.

The Industrial Affiliate Program provides a strong return-on-investment for affiliate companies and also benefits WNCG. By creating a stable financial base, WNCG researchers are able to attract more government-sponsored grants from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and others, which further the reach and capabilities of WNCG research. A portion of each membership fee directly supports WNCG research programs, faculty and students.