Partnering with MSOE
MSOE was founded out of a desire to collaborate to support shared objectives with industry and the community at large. We support a variety of mutually beneficial partnerships at a university, department, program, and classroom level. If you are viewing this page, you likely want to know how you can either develop and/or expand a relationship with MSOE. Navigating universities can sometimes be difficult. So let’s start with what you are trying to accomplish.
Typically an entry point for most corporate relationships, your organization wants our graduates to know about your company when it comes time for them to start seeking employment. Your first step is to set up an employer profile on Handshake and select MSOE as a ‘school of choice’ so that MSOE students and faculty can learn about opportunities at your company. Companies with a profile on Handshake are the first to hear about the annual MSOE Career Fair. Please refer to the career services webpage for additional ways to engage with students (on-campus interviews, etc.). Additionally, the CAECM Department holds its own Career Night annually in January. CAECM Industry Advisory Board members are registered automatically.
Emerging Talent Development
Your organization wants to develop a relationship with students and have the opportunity to inform what students are learning to be ready for the future of work. We have students who are looking for purposeful projects and/or work experiences to apply what they are learning at MSOE. Partnerships formed for the purpose of talent development result in graduates who are uniquely ready to take on the challenges and opportunities today and into the future. Consider:
- Supporting a senior design project/experience (a.ka. capstone)
- Working with underclassmen as part of a project/practicum/clinical rotation
- Supporting student organizations on campus
- Volunteering your time on an Industry Advisory Council
- Structuring a classroom project and/or mentoring a project team to support the MSOE mindset in partnership with the CREATE Institute
STEM Outreach for K-12
Your organization wants to help build a strong and diverse talent pipeline. Our STEM Outreach program serves over 5,000 K-12 students annually. We can use your help. If this aligns to your mission, vision or values, please consider getting involved in STEM Outreach programming at MSOE. Check out these additional options that specifically serve high school students.
Upskilling Existing Talent
Your organization wants to identify ways for you or your employees to stay current and/or advance their skills. At MSOE, we have a variety of different options to meet your needs.
- Graduate programs
- Professional education classes/programs coordinated by the Rader School of Business
- Professional Education and Research Development offered by the Applied Technology CenterTM (including but not limited to: fluid power seminars and the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium)
- Specialized programming/training offered in partnership with one of our academic departments (for example, the CAECM Department holds specialized classes annually).
- The development of a community of practice around artificial intelligence and related technologies at Diercks Computational Science Hall
- Employees also have the option of completing/auditing specific courses of interest found in the MSOE course catalog
Your organization has challenges without a defined solution and/or are trying to secure a competitive advantage and feel MSOE can help. This can form the basis of an applied research project. Chartering an applied research project is dependent on availability of faculty expertise/capacity and typically involves a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a mutual Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA). In many cases, these projects are initiated by faculty members in partnership with their corporate partners. MSOE has also structured the following research centers to provide innovative industry solutions plus education and networking to create a competitive differentiation for your organization. Discuss your next challenge with the:
Consulting Services/Contracted Work
Your organization needs the expertise of faculty members and/or is interested in supporting their professional development objectives. Many faculty members are willing to entertain offers for contracted work and/or summer externships. These arrangements are developed directly with the faculty member and typically do not involve MSOE. But if you don’t know where to start, please contact the Dean of Applied Research and/or one of our Academic Chairs who can suggest the best contact for your project. Please know that MSOE is first and foremost a teaching university. Consequently, faculty time can be limited and has to be prioritized in relation to their personal and professional goals.
Your organization employs MSOE Alumni but aren’t quite sure how to engage them in advancing your organization’s relationship with MSOE. Getting started is easy, please contact Director of Alumni Affairs and Special Events, Cathy Varebrook.
Philanthropic giving is an important part of a mutually beneficial university partnership. Simply put, it is difficult to prioritize all of the great ideas you might have about how MSOE can improve without financial support. All philanthropic gifts are administered through MSOE’s Development Department. If interested in learning more, please contact Senior Director of Development, Greg Casey.
Philanthropy can support any/all of the objectives listed by providing funding for/via:
- Annual giving campaigns
- Program Support
- Scholarships (summer programs, tuition, competitions, conferences, etc.)
- Capital Improvements
- Naming rights on campus spaces
- Event Sponsorships
- Student Organizations
- We are open to your ideas!
Comprehensive University Partnership Planning
Our most valuable partnerships are strategic in nature, align activities to specific objectives, and involve aspects of many (if not all) of the items above. These partnerships have many moving parts and may benefit from the development of a Comprehensive University Partnership Plan.