Membership Information

External Advisory Council Membership Information

CEC Governance Document

CEC External Advisory Council

The College of Engineering and Computing very much values the commitment of our External Advisory Council members to the College and the time and effort that members exert on behalf of the University. In order to balance continuity and experience on the Council with the infusion of new members, there are two types of membership on the Council: regular membership and associate membership. Both receive invitations to Council meetings and the meeting minutes. The primary difference is that with regular membership participation in council meetings and committee meetings is expected, whereas for associate members participation is optional.


The purpose of the advisory council is to ensure a positive linkage between the College of Engineering and Computing and business, industry, government, etc. This relationship can be fostered through understanding, cooperation, and striving for common objectives.


The following guidelines pertain to membership status:

  • Appointments to the External Advisory Council are made for a three-year term and end after the Spring Meeting.
  • Inability to attend three or more of the six meetings in a three-year term will normally result in a change of status from a regular member to an associate member of the External Advisory Council.
  • Prior to the spring meeting of a member's third year, regular members will be asked if the member wishes to serve another three-year term as a regular member or become an associate member.
  • After six continuous years of service on the council as a regular member, the member's status will normally change to associate status. Members playing leadership roles on the Council, its committees, or with their affiliated academic department, may be asked to renew their regular membership beyond six years.
  • A person shall remain an associate member as long as the member wishes.
  • Council members may request change of status from regular member to associate member at any time.


1) Assist the College of Engineering and Computing in maintaining and improving the quality of its programs and curricula by ensuring that they are relevant in meeting the needs of society.

  • Provide information of new trends and forecasts through speakers,seminars, workshops, etc.
  • Provide continual reassessment of curricula through review with faculty, students and alumni
  • Provide information on society's need for new programs

2) Assist the College of Engineering and Computing in attracting and maintaining the highest quality faculty.

  • Assist in recruiting faculty (part-time and full-time) through professional and personal contacts.
  • Identify opportunities and provide means for the faculty research and consulting programs

3) Assist the College of Engineering and Computing in obtaining quality students.

  • Provide awareness to the community about Miami University and the College of Engineering and Computing.
  • Provide assistance in making prospective students aware of society's need for people who gain competencies provided by the programs in Engineering and Computing.
  • Provide assistance in maintaining the student summer intern and co-op programs.
  • Provide or assist in identifying sources for funding student scholarships

4) Assist the Engineering and Computing students in obtaining information about the environment and opportunities in business, industry, and the professions.

  • Provide information about career opportunities for Engineering and Computing graduates

5) Assist the College of Engineering and Computing in obtaining the necessary support to maintain and enhance its programs.

  • Provide or assist in acquisition of needed laboratory equipment.
  • Provide or assist in funding applied research

6) Assist in maintaining and improving the image of the college of Engineering and Computing within a university that has a liberal arts heritage.

  • Provide a means to communicate the need for diversity in a university setting.

7) Be available whenever necessary to advise the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing in matters which would be beneficial to the College, the Advisory Council, and society.