Industry Partners | Master of Engineering Management | NC State University

Become an Industry Partner

Last Updated: 08/31/2022 and all information on this page is accurate and up-to-date

Industry partners are a critical part of the Engineering Management degree program and contribute greatly to the future success of our students. Sponsor a practicum and go from problem to solution in four months, under full confidentiality, and at no charge.

The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) prepares students for the challenges of solving real-world problems. At the heart of the MEM curriculum is the practicum, a learning experience that gives students the opportunity to conduct actual projects with our industry partners.

The practicum spans four months and finishes with an executive-level report and presentation to you, our sponsor. Students work to understand and solve your business problem under confidentiality agreements and the results are your sole property. The project is managed by the program and sponsorship fee is dependent on project type and number of students required.

Practicum Sponsorship – Calling all Industry Partners

The MEM program continually looks for opportunities to work with new industry partners and in new industry segments. We’re seeking industry partners like you that are interested in sponsoring a team project. You identify a challenging business problem and provide information for the student team. Our students will analyze and use your data to solve that problem.

Basic Requirements

The proposal consists of two components:

  • A concise description of your problem and the goal of the project
  • The names of the key contacts within your organization

Team Assignments

Students are assigned to teams based on their skills, experience, and compatibility to fit the needs of your project. With a team leader appointed by MEM, the team members accept specific roles for themselves.

MEM students are equipped with a variety of skills and professional experience. Each team will have skills in:

  • Statistics
  • Database application
  • Computer programming
  • Simulation modeling
  • Lean Six Sigma

Students also receive instruction in project management, communication skills and teamwork.

Project Selection

Projects are selected based on how your proposal fits with the overall educational goals of the MEM program. It is helpful – but not required – for you to have experience working with universities: specifically with sponsoring student projects. The main criteria used to select projects include:

  • Educational value
  • Likelihood of success
  • Level of challenge and complexity
  • Clarity of project goals
  • Sponsor motivation and commitment
  • Accessibility to specialized software tools, if needed

MEM aims to select a variety of projects each year. If a viable proposal is not selected in the current round, it can be placed in a queue for future assignments.


Confidentiality is a key element of our projects. Unlike a master’s thesis, the practicum does not have a public disclosure requirement. Only members of the team have access to your data. You should not, under any circumstances, provide personally identifiable information, and should only share data in a manner that is consistent with your third-party data transfer governance rules.

Students receive instruction in data privacy, security, and non-disclosure agreement (NDA) law. Because students are not employees of the University, they must individually consent to your NDA before being assigned to a project.

Sponsor Commitments

As a sponsor, you are required to:

  • Provide the NDA to be signed by the student team
  • Assign a liaison, who will be the team’s primary point of contact to resolve issues as they may arise
  • Provide technical and strategic guidance to ensure the project remains on the desired course
  • Host the team for the kick-off and/or final presentation on-site, if possible.

You are not expected to provide ongoing project management and oversight, this is done by MEM.

Sponsorship Fees

There is no fee charged to sponsor a Practicum project. However, MEM recognizes there is a cost involved to participate in terms of the time and effort required by individuals sponsoring a project.

MEM would be grateful to you for deferring all or part of the travel expenses, if any, to have the student team visit your location for the kick-off meeting and/or final presentation.


  • First-round proposal review COMING SOON
  • Second round proposal review COMING SOON
  • Sponsors for the current year selected by COMING SOON
  • All arrangements including NDA completed by COMING SOON
  • Project kick-off meetings held between COMING SOON
  • Midpoint review meeting by COMING SOON
  • Final presentation to you held in COMING SOON

More Information

For more information about becoming a Practicum project sponsor, please feel welcome to contact our advising team They will be glad to work with you in formulating your proposal.

Proposal Submission

Proposals are submitted online and accepted throughout the year, but, MEM is always ready to begin a dialogue with you at any time. There are two formal reviews with submission deadlines. Once a proposal receives the green light, it’s placed in the queue for the next round of project kick-offs. Proposals submitted early in the annual cycle have the best chance of acceptance. You may submit more than one proposal.