The ECE Corporate Affiliates Program

The Corporate Affiliates Program provides an opportunity for corporate and government entities to develop partnerships and relationships with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) within the A. James Clark School of Engineering. As ECE Corporate Affiliates, our partners are able to collaborate in research endeavors, supplement company efforts with outstanding interns, and recruit excellent engineers or researchers post-graduation. These relationships support the highest quality students and engender a greater collaboration to educate engineers of the future while facilitating significant opportunities to collaborate with our accomplished faculty.

The program is designed to promote long-term relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships. Funds generated by these tax-deductible, philanthropic gifts are directed to scholarships, research, student activities, and other programs that directly benefit the companies involved and the students and faculty of ECE.

For each Corporate Affiliate, we offer a unique tailored proposal to address the specific goals of the company or organization. Partnerships can include:

Speaking in an ECE Class

ECE offers a wide array of courses at all levels. There are many required courses at the freshman and sophomore level, and several project-based and capstone classes for juniors and seniors.  ECE offers the opportunity for our Corporate Affiliates to have a technical speaker to do a presentation about a relevant topic in up to two classes per semester. Corporate Affiliates can choose the classes they would like to speak in, subject to the approval of the professor. 

ECE Career Fair

ECE hosts a career fair in the Fall (October) and the Spring (March) specific to our undergraduate and graduate students. Corporate Affiliates receive complimentary registration and priority placement at both fairs.

Lobby Day

The AV Williams Building houses the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. Administrative offices and student lounges for both departments are in the building. There is a constant flow of students and faculty throughout the day. Our Corporate Affiliates have the opportunity to host a Lobby Day in which a table is set up for students to speak to recruiters/engineers. Resumes of interested students can be collected, and "swag" passed out.

Addressing Student Groups

There are several leadership organizations/groups within ECE (for example, the UMD student chapter of IEEE, the Graduate Student Association and Women in ECE). Our Corporate Affiliates have the opportunity to address the student group(s) of their choosing with permission from the student organization.

Technical Talks

These talks are a wonderful way to help brand within ECE. Talks are held on weekday evenings. They can be technical in nature, and describe the work that the company does. "Tech Talks" can also become "problem-solving" nights where the company suggests a real-world problem for students to solve in a short period of time. Students become very engaged in problem-solving nights and learn more about the companies' work in a fun setting. 

Invitations to Special Events

ECE often holds special events, for instance, panel discussions on various topics of interest to the department. Corporate Affiliates receive invitations to external events the department holds. Executives from the company will also be asked to take part in the event if there is a subject area to match. 

Engagement with ECE Faculty

There are over 60 tenured track faculty members apart of ECE. Corporate Affiliates have the opportunity to set up subject matter specific meetings with ECE faculty. Faculty are also available for tech talks/lunch and learns and seminars, subject to their availability. Additionally, faculty members are open to partnering with companies for the sponsorship of research and students. 

VIP Recruitment Opportunities

In addition to doing talks and having priority placement at the ECE Career Fairs, Corporate Affiliates also have their choice of interview days on campus. At the request of the company, full-time job and internship postings can be sent out over the undergraduate and graduate listserves. 


Company logo on the department's Corporate Affiliate wall, website, and print materials. Additional articles can be written about the partnership for ECE's electronic newsletter and alumni magazine. 

Software Gift: Cadence 

Cadence University Program Member

Our professors and students use Cadence Design Systems products in classes and to perform academic research. 

We use Cadence Design Systems products in a variety of our Electrical and Computer Engineering classes including:

ENEE206 Fundamental Electric and Digital Circuit Lab
ENEE302 Digital Electronics
ENEE306 Electronic Circuits Design Lab
ENEE312 Semiconductor Devices and Analog Electronics
ENEE408B Digital VLSI Design
ENEE408C Modern Digital Systems Design
ENEE417 Microelectronics Design Laboratory
ENEE605 Design and Fabrication of MEMS
ENEE644 Computer-Aided Design of Digital Systems
ENEE646 Digital Computer Design
ENEE719C Advanced Mixed Signal VLSI Circuit Design
ENEE719P Analog VLSI Synthesis

More information on some of the classes can be found here

Cadence Design Systems products are also used in research including:

Cadence is a registered trademark of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., 2655 Seely Avenue, San Jose, CA 95134.

The ECE staff responsible for this web page are Jeff McKinney and Kara Stamets.

The External Relations Staff is happy to assist you in building your relationships with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. We look forward to having an opportunity to work with you.

Ron Coleman, Director of External Relations
2455 A.V. Williams Building

Darcy Long, External Relations Coordinator
2457 A.V. Williams Building
(301) 405-3114


ECE's Corporate Affiliates

Cadence Logo Hughes logo JLG Industries, Inc.
Leidos logo Pragmatics logo Steer Tech logo TDF Ventures logo Texas Instruments logo
Northrop Grumman logo