Making a Difference
The Education Alliance and SRC have impacted the lives of over 7,400 students. And the resulting research has strengthened U.S. industry, improved global economies and literally changed the face of technology over the past quarter-century.
Here are just a few examples of how the Education Alliance and SRC are producing leaders and making a difference.
"SRC supports the university research that establishes the foundation for the industry, and provides the next generation of engineers and scientists. It is through these two actions that SRC helps the industry be competitive around the world."
Former Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation has supported SRC student programs since SRC was founded in 1982. Intel recognizes the critical importance of an educated science and engineering workforce - its impact on the company, the industry, and the global economy.
Relevantly educated employees are a significant benefit to all SRC industry members. The combination of use-inspired research experience and contact with real-world engineering allows students to hit the ground running in industry positions - jobs often obtained through SRC connections and resources. For example, many SRC-funded students participate in internships and then graduate to start research positions in those same companies. These "SRC alumni" often become some of the most active mentors to incoming students.
"The SRC fellowship was really good for me - it was the only way I could have gotten into the university I wanted to go to."
Paul Besser, Ph.D.
Former SRC Fellow at Stanford
Dr. Paul Besser is not exaggerating when he says that his life was changed by SRC. His SRC Fellowship opened the door for him to attend Stanford University and provided a stipend for the duration of his graduate education, as well as ongoing research funding. Because the distinctive SRC model brings together academia and industry, student research is monitored by the industry it will soon impact, so students are exposed to real life challenges - and to the industry professionals applying the results. "The students get to be introduced to industry experts early on in their development," he says, "enhancing the opportunity for employment after graduation." Today Dr. Besser continues to carry out research that takes the technology industry to the next level.
"SRC (student programs) allow us to interact with some of the brightest minds in the world on some of the toughest problems in the world."
CEO, Novellus Systems, Inc.
Novellus Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of advanced process equipment for the global semiconductor industry. And according to CEO Richard Hill, a number of key employees at Novellus have come out of SRC student programs - at least four or five every year.
Relevantly educated employees are a significant benefit to SRC industry members, as many SRC-funded students participate in internships and then graduate to start research positions in those same companies. Because SRC's research management process develops specific goals to guide, focus and rank research efforts, it also provides a basis for measuring progress and obtaining the needed results. These "brightest minds," as Mr. Hill describes, working on key pre-competitive research, allow for a shortened total cycle-time from invention to commercialization, as well as the timely and efficient transfer of relevant, world-class research results to its members.
"SRC's approach to research has an intellectual component that's exciting for students - you're right there, developing the world of the future."
Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Past President, Georgia Institute of Technology
Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and past President of Georgia Institute of Technology, understands that students want to make a significant contribution to the world. That's why when he was in academia, he was an advocate for SRC student programs and their engagement of students in meaningful endeavors that will make a difference. And the school's relationship with SRC has made Georgia Tech among the first choices for top students in science and engineering. According to Dr. Clough, SRC's unique approach plays a significant role in that distinction. "Yes, this research has a commercial value," he emphasizes, "it has an economic value - but it's also very exciting."
"It was all very exciting. It was not just the research that I enjoyed, but also all these resources that we had being part of SRC."
Anuja Sehgal, Ph.D.
Dr. Anuja Sehgal began her involvement with SRC as a bright graduate student, when she was included in a research proposal for SRC funding. With her team's white paper chosen, Anuja was able to take part in a unique student program that impacted the course of her life. "Being involved with SRC as a student was an absolute boon for me," she emphatically states. In addition to being engaged in vital industry research while still in school, Anuja was also able to use the SRC connections and resources to swiftly move into a rewarding and productive career upon graduating.