Membership in the Wireless Institute is available to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Notre Dame and is based upon regular contributions to the organization’s activities. Nominally, Voting Members are research-active University faculty, and Non-Voting Members are research staff and students as well as technical and administrative staff. Unless specifically requested otherwise, Students and Staff supervised by a Voting Member are automatically considered Non-Voting Members of the Institute.
Member contributions include: routing proposals through the Institute; contributing discretionary funds to support the Institute’s operating budget; developing and instructing courses sponsored by the Institute; advertising the Institute in presentations and publications; providing materials for the annual report and the website; and donating existing space or equipment that support the Institute’s activities. Additional Voting Member contributions shall include administering the Institute as a member of the Executive Committee.
Interest in becoming a Member must be formally expressed to the active Director through the submission of a curriculum vitae or resume and a brief statement (e.g., 1-2 pages) of potential synergies. The Executive Committee reviews all relevant application materials and make a recommendation to the Voting Members to either accept or deny an application.
Some of the benefits of membership in the Wireless Institute are summarized below.
Faculty members of the Institute have access to resources and support services that allow them to make better use of their limited time for teaching and research, particularly with regard to tackling large projects with significant administrative overhead. Institute staff assist with business development, managing grants, collecting and disseminating results, and running projects. Industry and government partners help frame the context of research and educational efforts and allow for the identification of important problems of importance to society. The large team of faculty with different interests and perspectives creates a “network effect” resulting in more opportunities for collaboration. The ability to point to the Wireless Institute as a resource helps attract more funding, collaborations, and graduate students to their individual research programs.
Students and Post-Doctoral Scholars
Student and post-doctoral Members of the Institute are presented with numerous opportunities to broaden their education, strengthen their research, and enhance their career prospects. Conducting research that is of relevance to industry and to society excites students and ultimately lead to more and better job offers. The interdisciplinary nature of the Institute’s activities helps make students aware of the economic, regulatory, and social context for their technical work and ideally make them fluent in such issues so that they are more likely to assume leadership roles after graduation.