Stanford encourages close collaboration with companies and welcomes industry to participate in our research. Civil and Environmental Engineering has several Affiliate Programs that facilitate knowledge and technology transfer between industry and academia.
Four benefits of joining an Affiliate Program
- Knowledge and technology transfer
Give direct input into the kinds of research that will be most useful to your industry. This exchange can help faculty and students focus their research on real-world problems. Attend Events at Stanford. Annual meetings, conferences, seminars and other functions are held, depending on the program. These functions provide a forum for knowledge and technology transfer.
- Faculty and student interaction
Get to know faculty and students on a personal level. Participation in an Affiliate Program results in many fruitful long-term relationships that benefit both the company and the faculty or student. Companies often interact informally with faculty and students on a one-to-one basis outside of the formal Affiliate Program context to exchange and explore ideas and solutions.
- Facilitated recruiting
Gain access to the best future employees in the world! Some Centers and Affiliate Programs offer a formal facilitated recruiting program to their members. In instances where the program doesn’t offer a formal recruiting program, industry members still get to know the students by attending meetings, reading their research reports and joining the free flow of discussion and ideas.
- Visiting research fellowships
These fellowships provide an employee with an immersive Stanford experience. Some programs allow industry to send a research industrial fellow who comes to work jointly on a research project with a Stanford faculty member. This benefit is often dependent on the company’s membership level. The visiting fellows work closely with a faculty member on their research project, have daily interaction with graduate students and can audit Stanford courses.
Note: Not all benefits apply to all programs. Learn more about Affiliate Programs.