Corporate and Community Relations

Corporate and Community Relations

Corporate Partnerships
Corporate relationships are an essential link for bringing industry perspectives to strengthen our academic and research programs and provide meaningful experiences that develop both students and faculty.  Corporations benefit from enhanced access to talent and research that drives the economic development in the region.  There are many ways for a company to connect with the UMass Dartmouth College of Engineering.  The engineering Dean's Office and the Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations are prepared to assist in forging mutually beneficial partnerships.

Opportunities for Interaction are listed below:


  • Recruit students for employment or summer internships and set up interview sessions through the University Career Development Center
  • Recruit students to participate in cooperative education (Co-op) and internship programs through our CEIP Office
  • Participate in a Engineering Career Fair (contact us)
  • Organize a Company Day (contact us)
  • Set up an employer panel (contact us)
  • Interact with student organizations
  • Sponsor Engineers Week (contact us)
  • Sponsor student teams and projects (contact us)
  • Sponsor undergraduate research experience

Corporate Sponsored Research
In conjunction with partners such as the ATMC and SMAST, the College of Engineering provides a project- and design-centered environment that supports applied research in a wide range of multidisciplinary or discipline-focused areas.  Our researchers have worked with both small businesses and large corporations and can utilize special facilities available in the College for various types of research and product development.  

Corporate sponsorship of faculty and student applied research projects offers unique opportunities for industry-university collaboration and problem solving at UMass Dartmouth and across the UMass system.  Industrial-based projects typically produce cost-effective, innovative results that provide great experience for our researchers.

Applied research projects generally fall into one of four general types:

  • Sponsored Projects - Sponsored projects can utilize individual faculty expertise and research interests or may involve multidisciplinary groups of students and faculty working on well-defined project objectives with very specific milestones and deliverables.
  • Graduate Student Projects - Graduate Student Projects tend to be individual and technically oriented.
  • Capstone Projects - All seniors are required to complete a Capstone Project, which includes design, analysis, fabrication, testing, and completion of a final report.  The Capstone Project is an integrated team effort that addresses broader management and financial challenges confronting industrial sponsors. To sponsor a Capstone Project, please complete and submit the Capstone Project Request Form. For more details, please download the Senior Capstone Project Brochure.
  • Undergraduate Student Projects - Research opportunities for undergraduates in all fields are a valuable component of the educational experience in the College.  Not only does research help prepare students for careers in science and technology, but it inspires a new generation of qualified students who will bring continued innovation to the regions' leading industries

To participate in sponsored research at the College of Engineering contact:

Robert Peck, Dean
508-999-8539 or

Lab Sponsorship Program
The College of Engineering's Laboratory Sponsorship Program was established for corporations that partner with the college.  The program provides sponsors with on-campus name recognition and visibility, and symbolizes active industry involvement in the COE's engineering and science programs.

Lab Sponsorships are available at several levels, beginning at $10,000 per year with a three-year commitment.  During that time, the sponsor organization will be recognized in the lab and in the classes and project work within the lab.  Funds are used for supplies, materials, equipment, and graduate support.  Some labs require additional financial support.  In-kind equipment grants may be considered for Lab Sponsorship, when that equipment supports the core of the lab activities.

Corporate Sponsorships
Sponsorship Opportunities: The College of Engineering seeks to meet the interests and giving priorities of supporting companies by tailoring corporate sponsorship agreements on an individual basis.  In addition to a named laboratory or a sponsored applied research project, therefore, companies may choose numerous other ways to connect with the College's engineering and science students and faculty.  These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Individual student scholarships; unrestricted or targeted to specific majors and need areas.
  • Student club or club project sponsorship to support hands-on project activities that enrich the learning curve of UMass Dartmouth students.  Because of its heavy emphasis on dozens of co-curricular activities and student professional organizations such as ASCE, ASME, IEEE, SWE and many others, the College of Engineering sees club sponsorship as an important aspect of its partnership with industry.
  • Faculty development funds help the college provide competitive opportunities to attract and retain the best faculty talent available while also creating on-campus corporate liaison opportunities.
  • Course or course project sponsorships allow companies to target resources to specific discipline areas and students majoring in fields directly applicable to corporate interests.
  • Program sponsorship targets specific departments, majors, or particular programs within majors that impact corporate operations.

Funding Options: Companies may provide a short-term sponsorship or establish an on-going partnership.

  • Year-by-year gifts or one-time project sponsorship allows companies to direct support to corporate priorities during a specific academic year.
  • Endowments can be established in amounts as small as $25,000.  This funding vehicle has the advantage of providing stable financial support in the long-term, continuous growth, continuity, and an on-going campus presence for the gifting company.

Time and Leadership
The College of Engineering places strong emphasis on applied research and a hands-on educational experience.  This approach requires active engagement of alumni and industry partners that bring skills and experience to the learning environment and help the college meet accreditation requirements.  These contributions of time and leadership are invaluable to the College of Engineering.  We welcome active participation by industrial partners to advisory board service to the college, departments, and academic programs.  Please contact the engineering Dean's Office or a particular department office for more information if you are interested in serving in this capacity.

COE Dean's Advisory Council
The Dean's Advisory Council and department Industry Advisory Boards are comprised of leaders from business, industry, and government who support the college's mission and goals through the establishment of academic partnerships, collaborative research experiences, and service activities that promote regional and national interests.  Board representatives are committed to strong industry- university relations for promoting excellence in engineering education.  Specific advisory council goals include the following:

  • serving as a communication link between the college and its constituencies;
  • helping to keep COE programs up-to-date on current and future needs of graduates and the professions;
  • assisting the college in developing and implementing its goals;
  • helping industry leaders to better understand the college's mission;
  • assisting the college in seeking public and private support.

Board Membership
Advisory council and board members serve by invitation from the College of Engineering Dean and department chairs.

Continuing Education
UMass Dartmouth has an active distance education program.  Your company can meet many of its continuing educational needs through UMass Online.

For more information about corporate relations in the College of Engineering, please contact:

Lara H. Stone
Senior Philanthropic Officer
UMass Dartmouth
(508) 999-8372