The Department of Computer Science solicits programmatic guidance from the established external advisory board, which represents alumni and partners in industry, government, academia, and other organizations on vision, goals, cyber defense center sustenance, and CS/IT/CYBER curriculum improvement.
The purpose of the External Advisory Board is listed below:
- Provide valuable suggestions on aligning our curricula with skills and practices needed in the current job market
- Provide critical assessment of the computing and network facilities at the department.
- Promote opportunities for our students for internships and full-time employment placement
- Provide opportunities for our students to interact with industry, non-profit, and government professionals
- Provide opportunities for the students and faculty to participate in joint projects and research
Calvin Locklear, Architect, Red Hat Solutions
Laura Rodgers, Director of Cybersecurity Practice, North Carolina State University
LTC Bernard Flowers, NORAD and USNORTHCOM liaison to the U.S. NSA
Mike Gorman, Head of Operations and CISO, NetFoundry
Zach Oxendine, Service Engineer, Microsoft
Elizabeth Coakley Guma, Director of Corporate Development, Corvid Technologies
Dec 2, 2022: https://uncp.webex.com/uncp/ldr.php?RCID=d7aea994529c8526e99e6708f54e3bbd
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your company is interested in forming an educational partnership with us. Some of the potential involvement opportunities include, but are not limited to:
Make presentations at UNCP
Industry partners are welcome to do presentations at our campus to describe their corporate environment, products, and processes for hiring. You can also do technical presentations which is relevant to your business.
Serve as guest speakers in classes
Many classes in the CS/IT/CYBER curriculum deal with rapidly changing technologies. Volunteering as a guest speaker in a class improves the quality of the class by presenting the viewpoint of an industry expert on cutting-edge technologies
Arranging trips to corporate sites
Providing a tour of your facilities is an excellent method for generating interest in your company and to meet students who may be good candidates for interns or permanent employees. Moreover, the students will also get exposure to the real working environments.
Advice on Curriculum
The Department has developed course outlines and tentative schedules for each course. As industry experts, you can provide guidance as to the relative importance of various course elements (or any omissions) in the context of working professionals. Since you work on real products, you have insight of suitable tools and techniques that would be very valuable to our instructors and students.
Identify key tools and technologies
As industry professionals work on real problems and products and use various tools and techniques to complete your tasks efficiently, your insight on suitable software and hardware tools would be very valuable to our instructors and students.
Provide case studies or projects for use in classes
As industry experts, you have experience with real-world problems. Providing outlines of the real-world problems to be used as case studies or the bases for the capstone projects would help to improve the quality of our curriculum. Completion of practical industry-based assignments would also help our students to become more effective employees.
Industry experts teach courses at UNCP
We are always looking for qualified instructors to teach the industry standards and new technologies in the special topics classes. As industry experts, you are in an excellent position to pass your skills on to our students. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate possible interns or permanent employees.
Develop internship program
Internships provide the students with the opportunity to learn teamwork, communication skills, and industry standards while working on real-world projects. UNCP Computer Science encourages all our majors to seek internships while pursuing their degree programs. Company partners have the opportunity to evaluate potential employees and develop relationships with them towards possible permanent employment.
Recruit for permanent positions
Your company’s involvement with the Advisory Board means that students are already familiar with your brand before they start looking for a permanent position. Students may be recruited through email, promotional materials posted in the University, or company presentations.
One-time or Endowed scholarship or award
The majority of our students come from all walks of life and rely upon financial aid in order to pursue their degrees. If your company would be interested in supporting one-time, on-going or endowed scholarship or award, you could make a big difference in the lives of many students. A one-time scholarship or award is a great way to determine if your company is interested in this kind of support. Endowed scholarships and awards also increase the visibility of your company to the student community. Award opportunities are advertised throughout the year to the students, and the department’s scholarship and award committee would evaluate potential applicants and select the awardee according to your requirements. The presented awards will be posted to the department website.
Named research or teaching lab space
As a state-supported institution, the Department is always in need of funds to improve teaching and research space. If your company would be interested in funding the renovation of a research or teaching lab, the Department would work with the University to provide naming rights to the room. Named facilities greatly increase the visibility of your company to the students.
Endowed Faculty Research Support
Endowment funds may be used to fund a professor for summer research work or to modify their teaching load to allow for more time spent on research activities. Endowed professorships are listed in the catalog and department website providing increased visibility for your company.