Department Creates Industry Advisory Board
The Department of Computer Science recently established its first Industry Advisory Board (IAB), a non-governing group of industry leaders, alumni, and friends. IAB members are appointed for a three-year term of service, which can be renewed. Members are selected for their ability to advise the department chair on issues relating to current industry trends, workforce demand, and community engagement. They also serve as advocates and goodwill ambassadors for the department.
The inaugural IAB has 14 members. They represent national companies (Anthem, General Electric, Honeywell, IBM, NCR, Stanley Black & Decker, and VMware), local companies (YahaSoft), universities (Kennesaw State) and charities (United Way of Greater Atlanta). Two members of the board hold Ph.D. degrees from our department: Erin-Elizabeth Durham of GE Digital and Jon Preston, dean of the College of Computing and Software Engineering at Kennesaw State.
The first IAB meeting was held on June 22 in conjunction with the department’s Graduate Student Poster and Demo Day. In the morning, IAB members were given a department overview, followed by an opportunity to provide feedback to the department. After lunch at the Sun Dial restaurant, IAB members viewed student posters and demos before taking a tour of GSU facilities.
Future IAB meetings will be held twice a year. The next meeting is scheduled for November 30, when the department will host a combined undergraduate/graduate CS Demo Day.