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Industrial Affiliate Membership Program

The Industrial Affiliate Membership Program serves as a gateway for collaboration between the Computer Science Department and its industry partners, so that the partner can engage in all three aspects of the University’s mission: connecting students with the next step beyond school, educating the students, and introducing innovative research results.

Affiliate funds are primarily used to support various student activities including sponsorship of the Grace Hopper Conference, funding of the Outstanding Student Awards, and financing student groups events.

Gold Membership ($50,000)

In addition to the benefits of the basic membership, the gold membership entitles the member company to:

  • Close ties with a specified research laboratory or center with regular meetings and visits for exchanges of research problems and results.
  • One industrial visitor within the specified laboratory/center in the Computer Science Department for a period of up to 12 months.
    • The visitor is provided with office space and is given full access to our computer facilities, libraries and research laboratories.
    • The visitor is entitled to attend all classes and lectures and to freely interact with our faculty and students.
  • One representative on the department’s advisory board to provide valuable input and feedback to the department regarding its education and research directions.
  • Participation in the undergraduate senior-year project program, in which the member company can propose a year-long project for a team of 3-4 students to work on as their senior-year project, under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Through mutual agreement between the member company and the department, the faculty director of the specified research lab or center is assigned to serve as a liaison for the program.

Basic Membership ($10,000)

The basic membership of the Industrial Affiliate Program entitles the member company to the following benefits:

  • Customized assistance to member company’s recruiting needs, including, but not limited to:
    • Customized assistance in contacting graduate students in the areas of interest to the member company; and assistance to set up on-site interviews.
    • Invitation to present one technical talk each year at the department-wide seminar series to highlight member company’s research and technology.
    • Opportunity to host “Tea Time”, which is an informal social for CS graduate students. This event allows for one-on-one interaction between the company representatives and graduate students in a casual setting. Students seem to prefer this type of interaction because it is more personal.
    • Networking with CS undergraduate student groups to organize Info-Sessions, Tech-Talks, Hackathons, Competitions and Company Tours per chairman’s discretion.
    • Facilitating the interaction with faculty members in the areas of interest, including research collaborations, reference checking, summer internships, and consulting.
  • Direct contact with CS undergraduate student groups in the form of:
    • A resume portfolio of CS undergraduate students.
    • Member company logo listed on student group websites as a sponsor and in conjunction with any large events the member chooses to hold.
    • Logo representation in the form of student group t-shirts.
    • Product placement or logo representation in videos produced by CS undergraduates.
    • Member company announcements included in student newsletters, which reach approximately 1,800 people.
    • Member company promotional material in the student group clubhouse.
  • An invitation to join the Honors Mixer Career Fair, which provides direct access to the top CS students, who are members of the CS honor society, Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE).
  • An invitation to attend the Computer Science Department’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Through mutual agreement between the member company and the department, a faculty member is assigned to serve as a liaison for the program.

Graduate Student Tea-Time

A company may also choose to host a “Tea Time”, which is an informal social opportunity for CS graduate students. This event allows for one-on-one interaction between the company representatives and graduate students in a casual setting. It is held every Wednesday, at 3:30-4:30 pm, during the school year. The fee for hosting one “Tea Time” event is $800, which includes the meeting room arrangement and food.

Tech Talks and Demos

Technical talks may be presented to our CS students by company experts, such as an engineer, developer, etc. No recruitment is involved and talks must not be delivered by managers or recruiters. The speaker may discuss company career opportunities for at most five minutes, but no resumes may be collected. The company will pay for the meeting room and A/V use. Food is also usually paid for by the company.

Company Tours

A company may also host a visit for students to observe company culture and learn more about their products and services. It should be led by technical employees, and not as an opportunity to recruit.

Non-Affiliate Infosession Fee

A company that only wants to meet and recruit CS students for an infosession fee of $2000. This arrangement allows the company to send employee representatives, engineers, and recruiters to present an infosession to our students about their company culture, technologies, and career opportunities. This fee includes meeting room booking, audio visual needs, advertising, and food. For smaller companies, infosession packages are available.


To discuss the program in further detail, please contact:
Dr. Mario Gerla
Professor and Chair
UCLA Computer Science Department
4732E Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1596
(310) 825-3886
(310) 825-2273 fax