Industry Affiliates and Advisory Board


Advisory Board :

The Advisory board's purpose is to provide guidance to the Department with regards to the changing market-place and required modifications to our curricula to assure our students a competitive edge in the fast changing fields of systems and computer science. 

The Board is independent and is allowed to operate and to provide unbiased information to the department. The Board consists of members selected by the faculty of the department to represent a cross-section of the types of businesses and agencies that recruit from the Department as well as businesses and agencies that the department would like to develop relationships with.  At least two board members are graduates of the Department and the Department Chair is an ex-officio member of the Board. 

The Chair of the Board convenes at most two meeting per year at times and places to be determined by the chair. In many cases the meetings will be held virtually.  Faculty and students of the Department are invited occasionally to provide information and insights to the Board, but are not allowed to vote on decisions made by the Board.  The Chair of the Board forwards recommendations of the Board to the Department Chair in writing.  The Department Chair provides written justifications for recommendations that are not accepted and a plan for implementing recommendations that are accepted.

Advisory Board Members :

Paul Onakoya (Microsoft)
Latasha Gary(Hewlett Packard)
Edward Appiah (Verizon)
Gbenga Taylor (CGI Federal)
Torrance Fennell (Cisco)
Marcus Mitchell, Ph.D.(Google)
Theonnie Shields(State Farm)
Joel Branch, Ph.D. (IBM)
Kerry-Ann White (Mitre)
Don McGillen (Yahoo)
Frank C. Weaver (Boeing)
Dave B. Coleman II (Xerox)
Aaron Ferguson (NSA)
Paul Czarnik (Compuware)
Derek W. McGowan (Lockheed Martin)
Jacklyn Wynn (EMC)

Industry Affiliates :

The SCS Industrial Affiliates Program (SCSIAP) purpose is: 1) to facilitate its mission and the mission of the CEACS through the direct involvement and support of the Affiliates in its research and education programs; and 2), to increase the Affiliates competitiveness in recruiting its students.

Specifically, the SCSIAP allows a few selected businesses (Affiliates) high quality access to students, faculty and resources of the department.  This relationship provides benefits to the partners as follows.

Benefits to the Affiliates:

  1. Opportunities for Affiliates to interaction with top students  (e.g., in courses, co-op programs, student associations, etc.). 
  2. Assistance to Affiliates in developing and maintaining a ‘corporate presence’ in the Department and throughout the College and University 
  3. Assistance in recruiting and hiring top quality students from the Department to meet their employment needs. 
  4. Support for their research and other business initiatives. 
  5. Create and maintain a knowledge transfer, entrepreneurial focus in areas of interest to the Affiliates.
  6. Recognition in all departmental literature and on the departmental website.

Benefits to the Department:

  1. Permanent and part-time employment for students
  2. Research fellowships and internship opportunities for our students.
  3. Support for research and other initiatives within the department.
  4. Collaboration of research projects
  5. Provide resources and Infrastructure support


$10,000 minimum (Cash or in-kind donations)

SCSIAP Members :

State Farm
Goldman Sachs
Lockheed Martin

Contact Information

Name: Todd Shurn, Coordinator

Phone: 202-808-4824

Office: 1110 Downing Hall