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Industry Engagement with the University of Texas at Dallas – Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Texas Instruments was instrumental in the founding of UT Dallas just over a half-century ago.  Our relationships and engagement with industry continues today. There are many ways to collaborate with UT Dallas.  Our talk focuses on opportunities to partner with our Career Services for hiring, Undergraduate Capstone Program, and Computer Science Industry Engagement including Research and the new Innovation Quarter in Richardson.

SIMDFW welcomes Cynthia Heyn, Pete Poorman, and Rod Wetterskog who will present ways to get involved with the university and our students. The discussion will range from ways for your company to be visible on our campus to ways to enlist students in solving problems via the new Innovation Quarter now opening in Richardson.

About our Presenters

Cynthia Heyn – Corporate Relations, UTDesign Capstone

Cynthia has a background in product innovation and smart cities consulting as well as in executive management for companies including Ericsson and Phillips. Her work experience includes 7 years living in Europe working in markets across the globe. In 2016, Cynthia founded SMARTnTX, a consultancy concentrated on North Texas smart city initiatives and in 2019 became managing director of Innov8te a Smart Cities Incubator. At UTDesign, Cynthia focuses on finding sponsors for computer science capstone projects. She has been in the technology industry for some time with connections from global companies and start-ups.

Pete Poorman – Director of Corporate Relations at The University of Texas at UT Dallas

A versatile technology product management and marketing professional with deep expertise in enterprise software and hardware. Experienced and effective in startup, mid-size and Fortune 500 companies. Especially skilled in customer interaction, cross-group coordination, market analysis, and product & project planning. Pete has broad experience in technology ranging from companies like TI and Convex Computers, Globe Ranger and One Touch EMR.  Positions ranging from CTO to Systems Engineer.  Pete Leads industry engagement for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Rod Wetterskog, Assistant Dean Corporate Relations, ECS, University of Texas at Dallas

Rod engages industry in research and recruiting partnerships. He directs the UTDesign Studio; home of the ECS UTDesign Senior Capstone, EPICS, Makerspace, and Start-Up entrepreneurship programs. Prior to UT Dallas, Rod was an optical scientist at Eastman Kodak (7 years), an applied physicist at the Superconducting Super Collider, a U.S. Department of Energy project (4 years), and managed the university relations program at Texas Instruments (10 years). Rod’s degrees include BS, Physics, Penn State University and MS, Physics University of Oklahoma.

Monday, September 12
5:00pm-6:00pm – Networking
6:00pm Program and dinner

Venue Forty50
4050 Belt Line Road
Addison, TX 75001


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