The Department of Engineering Technology enjoys forming partnerships with local industry leaders and companies, who work with the department on student projects and research initiatives.

How do students benefit from partnerships?

Partnerships allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to solve real issues. Working on projects with professional engineers elevates students’ skills and industry knowledge, preparing them for future careers, while helping them build relationships with local professionals.

One way the Department of Engineering Technology uses partnerships is the Senior Design program, ET’s capstone undergraduate project. Students develop a solution to a current engineering issue, taking on roles as designers, testers and project managers. Employer sponsors, or local industry leaders, act as their clients, providing feedback and review throughout the project.

Learn more about Senior Design.

Why do industry leaders volunteer as partners?

Companies and professionals benefit from collaborating with student projects and departmental research because it allows the company to meet emerging talent and perform research about real engineering technology issues at no cost. Past partners have included:

  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Peterbilt Motors Company
  • Lightfarms
  • MetroPCS
  • Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions