Foundation Gift to Support Engineering Corporate Partnership Program

A family foundation that wishes to remain anonymous has donated $30,000 to the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering to help create marketing videos to promote the school's new Corporate Partnership Program (CPP). The CPP officially started this past fall with six corporate partners — CareFusion, Clarity Design, Inc., Cubic, General Atomics, SDG&E and ViaSat, Inc.

Corporate partners sponsor student engineering teams to work on a project throughout the academic year, from design to completion. The scope of the project is determined by the corporate partner.

The program is a win-win for the student participants and the corporate partners alike. Engineering students get an understanding of what it is like to work on a real-life engineering project. And the corporate partners receive help from a team of very capable and creative students at very little cost. Additionally, corporate partners often hire the students as full-time employees after they graduate, saving corporations the time and expense of recruiting new hires.

"We are very grateful for this foundation support to help us document the process of senior design from concept to completion," said Chell Roberts, dean of the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. "We would like to create time-lapse videos to show other corporations, and potential students, how the program works."