The advisory board, made up of twelve representatives from hi-tech companies and educational institutions in the area, is being developed to forge a strong and mutually beneficial public-private engineering research and education collaboration between SSU students and faculty, and the local industry.
Advisory board members will provide input on planning for curriculum revisions based on emerging technologies and the needs of local industry, create student internship opportunities, and identify industry engineering mentors for students.
The Board will also help identify ways to collaborate on research activities and projects, utilizing the Cerent Engineering facilities to engage start-up and other relevant companies.
"One of the goals of establishing a strong Industry Advisory Board is to further strengthen and expand the existing partnership and play an important role in shaping the future of the department to meet community business needs," says Saeid Rahmi, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Emeritus Dean and Provost, who is spearheading the effort.
The Advisory Board will meet twice a year to discuss new initiatives and to review the progress of task forces and subcommittees assigned to specific projects.
SSU's Engineering Science department offers an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and a master's degree program with concentrations in Computer Hardware and Software Systems, and Communications and Photonics.
The department pursues a philosophy of hands-on teaching and learning and many of its graduates have been successfully employed in the local high-tech companies. Total number of undergraduate and graduate students exceeds 100. Find more information about it at http://www.sonoma.edu/engineering.
A reception before the meeting is planned from 2:30-3 p.m. for industry and education representatives to meet with faculty and students. Student projects will be on display.
For more information, contact Saeid Rahimi, firstname.lastname@example.org.