UCSB Engineering and Sciences
Corporate Affiliates Program Newsletter:
Our New Dean
Issue 9 Summer 2011

From Larry Coldren- Acting Dean for the College,


This year has been an exceptional year for the College of Engineering.  First, the National Academy of Engineering, which ranks US universities once every ~10 years, ranked UC Santa Barbara's Materials Department as the best in the country.  All of the other four engineering departments as well as UCSB's  physics department ranked within the top 10 in the country. Second, Thomson Reuters published in Science (11/10) ranks the College #4 in the US for scientific impact. Third, we have been pleased with the recognition our faculty continues to receive by organizations such as the National Academies and other  societies across the globe.  For a  list of selected awards  please read. Finally, it is with great personal pleasure that I would also like to introduce our new Dean for the College of Engineering, Dr. Rod Alferness (link to Bio ), currently the Chief Scientist, Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent. 

In This Issue
A Banner Year for the Technology Management Program (TMP)
Capstone courses- finding the right students
Upcoming Events   

The 2011  

Santa Barbara Control Workshop:

Decision, Dynamics and Control in Multi-Agent Systems

Friday, 24th, 2011

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A Banner Year for the Technology Management Program (TMP) 

Our New Venture Competition  NVC) had record student participation with awards in excess of $75,000, and was supported by more than 150 mentors. In addition, TMP just learned that (in conjunction with PI, Professor Susannah Scott)  the National Science Foundation selected TMP to be the recipient of an extremely competitive NSF- STEM grant in the amount of $600,000 for the support of engineering students (permanent residents) who are first in family in a four year college.


Overall, it has been a remarkable year of transition and accomplishment for our TMP program. We have had the counsel and support of a greatly expanded Advisory Board, moved into expanded space in Phelps Hall, created a new web site, and we plan to initiate a new Graduate Certificate Program during the next school year. We have awarded a record number of TMP Undergraduate Certificates and our on-demand views of TMP digital media now exceed 2.4 million.

Capstone courses- an excellent way to meet students

Each year senior students in Mechanical, Computer Engineering, as well as Computer Science enroll in a capstone course to develop solutions to real-world engineering challenges involving independent student projects and industry-sponsored collaborations. Companies are able to mentor students as they work to complete a team project, many of which are proposed by companies. This provides industry with an excellent opportunity to foster a collaborative team, see natural leaders emerge from the team, and observe how students perform under "real-world" project timelines and deadlines. A spectrum of companies have successfully collaborated with these student teams, including start-ups like Eucalyptus Systems, smaller companies, such as Novacoast, to big companies like ATK, Mentor Graphics, The Aerospace Corporation and many more. In many situations, the students who participated with industry in these projects have gone on to full-time positions with the sponsor company. If your companies is interested in getting involved with the capstone courses, it is best to get informed during the early summer.
For additional information regarding these capstone projects, see the following links:   

Mechanical Engineering: http://www.me.ucsb.edu/projects/ 


Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering: http://www.ce.ucsb.edu/undergrad/sr-projects/

Welcome to our new CAP members

We want to thank our new members-

TE Connectivity  




As you know, collaborating with the best engineers and scientists is a catalyst for new business opportunities. Whether you are interested in augmenting your internal research capabilities, investigating novel technologies, or seeking talented employees, UC Santa Barbara's

Corporate Affiliates Program 

can help you make the connection. The objective of the Corporate Affiliates Program is to provide a portal for companies to explore prospective research partnerships, utilize world-class facilities and equipment and to recruit top students.

To learn more about CAP please contact Leslie Edwards
We always appreciate any input you may have on how we can improve, so please don't hesitate to send us your feedback. Thank you for your continued interest in our program. For further information, please visit the Industry Center website at: www.industry.ucsb.edu

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