Research Interests and Collaboration

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General research inquiries and unrestricted research gifts, please contact:

Nancy P. Hatchett
Director of Industrial Relations
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (UT ECE)
2501 Speedway, Stop C0803
Austin, TX 78712-1684

Sponsored research (contracted research with deliverables):

UT ECE: Nicole Babilya, (512) 232-4296,

Related Links

UT Office of Sponsored Projects
Technology Commercialization: UT Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC)
Texas Emerging Technologies Fund


UT ECE offers many ways for industry to collaborate with education.

Constantly innovate toward excellence in higher education by building a robust educational curriculum that provides practical experiences. This supports strong student recruitment and retention and ensures the development of well-rounded students who excel in academia and industry.
  • New and refurbished lab space and equipment; funding level varies with lab needs
  • Study abroad and exchange student enrichment programs and student travel expenses; $16K@ student
  • Senior design projects; $10K@ project
Constantly drive innovation in research
Constantly drive innovation in education by recruiting and retaining top faculty talent
  • Faculty Endowments, Professorships and Chairs; funding level varies
  • Tenure track teaching endowments
  • Non-tenure track needs such as new course development, career development, and professional conference expenses
  • Endowed chairs are awarded to deans, department chairs, and superior faculty to enhance their scholarly efforts
Provide student support so students can focus on academic pursuits without financial worries
  • Undergraduate scholarships; annual $5K minimum
  • Graduate fellowships; funding varies
  • Student programs, organizations, and initiatives; funding varies
Provide programs to stimulate interest, recruitment and retention in Engineering STEM areas, specifically in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Solar Car interdisciplinary team, the University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team (an ECE student organization), and a national competition program; funding ranges from $5K - $115K (to build a new car)
  • Edison Lecture Series, a STEM Education Coalition program, provides educational outreach to public school students; up to $5K annually
  • Summer Success Camp to improve proficiency in and preparation for ECE freshman courses; $65K - $110K
  • IEEE student organization's endowment fund that "supports students by students"; up to $10K
  • Operating expenses for the fledgling Women in ECE student organization (professional development and outreach activities); annual funding ranges from $5K - $10K
Provide community outreach and educational programming for at-risk populations
  • Move Forward Program, designed to retain at-risk ECE students; 3 annual $5K incentive scholarships = $15K
  • Tutoring program, designed to assist ECE undergraduate students by receiving tutoring from paid ECE grad students; up to $30K
  • Solar Car project used as outreach to public school audiences, including at-risk populations (also see STEM initiative above); funding ranges from $5K - $115K (to build a new car)
Provide infrastructure resources to serve industry recruiting needs
  • Founding membership in the ECE Connect industrial affiliates recruiting partnership program; $10 - $50K annually

Other types of giving

  • Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC)
    Name an ECE space or give anonymously to fund the new bricks and mortar symbol of engineering excellence
  • Planned and Estate Giving
    Leave legacy funding to ECE to support technology innovation for tomorrow. Smart philanthropy can advance great causes while minimizing tax burdens and maximizing current income and future inheritances to heirs. Explore the possibilities through UT's Office of Gift Planning.
  • Memorial Funds and E-Tribute
    Honor a loved one by establishing an ECE memorial fund or initiate an on-line eTribute memorial and share it with family and friends around the world.
  • UT Annual Fund/CSE Friends of Alex
    Direct your annual fund gift specifically to ECE and help protect the value of your degree by supporting the people and programs that make ECE a top ranked program.
  • Non-monetary/In-kind gifts
    Invest in non-monetary needs (equipment, products, technology, collections) to ensure ECE has the best equipment and products to support our work.

Benefits of Giving

ECE is pleased to offer special consideration for partners who support departmental initiatives. Options include:

General Visibility and Recognition

Visibility options include: dedicated plaques for the lifespan of lab refurbishment and equipment; name and logo recognition on the solar car housed on the UT Austin campus and as it travels to national competitions; prominent and long-term recognition on the ECE web site and in ECE publications (feature articles, general recognition, and project newsletters); project promotion publicity on campus plasma screens; bulletin boards and display cases in the ENS student lounge and/or main lobby; and visibility during outreach activities, demos and lectures.


One-on-one relationships with students and faculty grow naturally from joint support of educational projects. These relationships are enriching, educational, and provide networking opportunities.

Giving Society Benefits

By naming ECE as the beneficiary of a gift, a donor may also become a member of various university recognition programs. 

  • UT Littlefield Society membership honors donors whose gifts to all areas on campus total $25,000 or more, a pledge of $25,000 or more to be paid over five years, or a $50,000 minimum estate gift commitment.
  • UT Texas Leadership Society membership honors donors who give through their estate or another type of future gift.
  • Event invitations, recognition at events and in event publicity
  • Chat with the Chair
  • Tours of labs and hosted visits
  • Complimentary lunch at O's Cafe
  • Networking opportunities

Complementary subscriptions to announcements and publication

  • Tax deductions
  • Free parking on campus when visiting UTCS
  • ECE branded appreciation gifts