Industry Collaboration


Department Overview

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is the largest department in the USF College of Engineering by student population. The Department has 39 full-time faculty members and about 2000 undergraduate students (including pre-majors) and 200 graduate students. Four BS programs are offered: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity. These four BS programs graduate about 300 students per year with an additional 80 MS and 10 PhD graduates per year.

These graduates are well prepared for industry jobs learning relevant concepts and skills that translate directly to success for the students and the companies that hire them. Department graduates can be found in many companies in the Tampa Bay area and at leading high-tech companies outside the Tampa Bay area including Amazon, Facebook, Intel, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and others.

There are multiple ways to engage with our students, who are in very high demand by local – and nationwide – companies for internships and jobs.

  1. If you want to distribute an internship or job opportunity, please send an email to Ken Christensen ( and we will advertise it to our students.
  2. If you want to participate in career fairs, please contact USF Career Services. USF Career Services hosts two career fairs annually of which one day of each fair is dedicated to "tech" companies.
  3. If you want to participate in a resume matching system, please consider participating in an online database. For more information see Handshake Headquarters (at USF Career Services).
  4. If you want to engage in research and development, we have two vehicles for undergraduate engagement in this area, small in scope and supervised by a faculty member, the BEST program is the vehicle for student training in the context of an engineering development project. For in-depth research and development, with active involvement of faculty members and graduate students, the Corridor Matching Grants Research Program is there for you. 
  5. If you want a customized structured engagement with students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, you may wish to consider the newly launched industry partners program called the Computing Partners Program. The Computing Partners Program was created for companies to have a deeper connection with our students and Department.

Description of the Computing Partners Program

The USF Computing Partners Program enables industries to develop close working relationships with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) students and faculty. The Computing Partners Program enables industry members to better engage with CSE students and faculty.

Industry partners get an enhanced level of engagement with Department students and faculty in two tiers of engagement as described below. Additional levels of engagement will be developed in later years in discussion with donors.


* See qualified sponsorship statement below 


Annual membership is $5000 for Tier 1 and $10,000 for Tier 2. Membership to Tier 1 is free for community service non-profit organizations. Companies joining in the first year will be designated as "Charter members". Annual membership will be due on the anniversary of the joining date.

How funds will be used

Computing Partners Program funds will support educational initiatives and activities of CSE students and costs associated with administering the Computing Partners Program. The program will support expenses such as scholarships, travel, academic conferences, competitions, educational events, relevant seminar series, tutoring, student program ambassadors, summer programs and student recruiting.

Qualified sponsorship statement for solicitation materials

For all sponsorship levels, please note the following: Pursuant to IRS guidelines, support is defined as a "Qualified Sponsorship," which means no endorsement of your business, qualitative or comparative language, price information or indication of savings or value can be included in written words or in program remarks. In essence, your organization can be acknowledged through simple use of your name, logo and location, but no message that promotes or markets and trade or business, or any service, facility or product is permissible.

Student organizations (as of MARCH 2020)

  • Association for Computer Machinery (ACM)
  • Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Club
  • Developer Student Club (DSC)
  • GameDev Club (GDC)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Computer Society (IEEE-CS)
  • RoboBulls
  • Society of Competitive Programmers (SCP)
  • Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC)
  • Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WiCSE)


Ken Christensen
Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Affairs
Email: | Phone: 813 974-4761 | Office: ENB 319