Industry Affiliates Council

The IAC is chartered to promote greater interaction between the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and our industry affiliates. The Council meets regularly each year, providing a forum to hear industry trends and to explore the opportunities that grow out of the department’s education and research activities. Council members are invited to be active in promoting Computer Science through efforts to broaden the field, reach out to underrepresented groups, and promote and advance the economic impact of education and research.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Recognition - Members of the IAC have the opportunity to feature their company name and logo featured on the CS&E website and at IAC supported events.
  • Recruitment Events - Companies that are part of the IAC have first chance to reserve a spot in our Tech Talk series. Members are also given the first opportunity to connect with students by participating in student events as mentors for programming contests, judges at poster sessions, and ambassadors to the field at outreach events.
  • Open House and Tech Forum - Members will be featured as supporters of the CS&E Department’s Open House and Tech Forum. They are invited to participate in the Open House poster and demo session to discuss industry technology with CS&E students and faculty. IAC member are featured on the CS&E Open House website, program and other promotional materials.
  • Research Talks - Members representatives have the opportunity to listen to faculty research talks at regular IAC meetings. Members are invited to attend CS&E Colloquia and Distinguished Speaker Series lectures.
  • Networking - Member representatives connect with faculty and industry leaders at IAC meetings and events, staying at the forefront of new technology.
  • Supporting the next generation of computer scientists – IAC members’ annual gift to the IAC fund (a minimum for $5,000 annually) is used for student and outreach activities that promote the field of computer science, including:
    • Computer Science Education Week
    • Women in Computing talks and lunches
    • ACM Student Software Competition
    • Student travel to the ACM IBM International Computer Programming Contest
    • ACM Student Group programs
    • Student LAN parties
    • MinneWIC Conference


Current Council Members

CompanyRepresentative
AccentureColin Tuggle
AmeripriseSayee Bellamkonda
Best BuySteve Eastham
Dell CompellentChristine Klema
General MillsBillie Chock
IBM CorporationEric Herness
Land O'LakesLeah Anderson
MicrosoftTom Postler
Select ComfortHunter Saklad
SuperValuRick Collison
TargetJeff Einhorn
Thomson ReutersKristin Nesbitt
UnisysChuck Lefebvre
UnitedHealth / OptumMartin Waters, IAC Chair
VeritasSamuel Pierson
Vital, A Toshiba Medical Systems Group CompanyTim Dawson

For more information please contact:

Mark Rapacz
Communications Coordinator
(612) 301-9515