Alumni Advisory Board Meeting

November 19, 2010
6:30-900 PM
UCLA Faculty Center

Agenda & Meeting Minutes

Invitees / Attendees:     Alfonso Cardenas, Cristina Cano, Justin Collins, Eytan Elbaz, Milos Ercegovac, Mike Erlinger, Bill Goodin, Nader Karimi, Jacquelyn Leong, Andrew Louie, Rajiv Makhijani, Carey Nachenberg, Sze Ke Pat, Frank Pearce, John Rosati, David Smallberg


  • Welcome New Members / Introductions
  • UCLA Update
  • Event Update
  • Please send nominations for new board members to the voting members of the board.  Our target is to add 2 new board members this year.  Please note the process is for: a) someone to nominate a new board member, b) someone else to second the nomination, c) recommend person to attend at least 1 event or board meeting (so others can assess the new member), and d) final vote.

    Proposed new AAB Activities:

    From Carey:

    1. Invited affiliate speaker series: Invite a technical rep from our industry affiliates to present a technical topic of their choice to a UCLA audience.  I’d be happy to host one of these (or give a talk on behalf of Symantec)
    2. Undergrad/grad survey: The AAB could conduct an unbiased survey of our UCLA CS majors about the program (e.g., class offerings, class sizes, research opportunities, what classes do they feel should be offered, etc), review the results, and then present findings and suggestions to the department on how to improve
    3. Employer survey: The AAB could conduct an unbiased survey of our affiliate members (e.g., what are the strengths and weaknesses of UCLA undergrad/grad interns/new-hires), and then present findings and suggestions to the department on how to improve the curriculum.
    4. Honors-Affiliate mixer: AAB could invite all honors CS students and top representatives to a mixer; perhaps have one of the affiliates give a short talk about some of their work.
    5. We could hold a “How to best prepare yourself for industry” talk, inviting several of the affiliates to spend 10 minutes talking about how to best prepare for an industry internship or job.  

    From Bill:

    Arrange a Young Alumni Town Hall/Reception to bring young alumni back to campus.  The department chair and vice chairs would also attend and seek feedback from the alumni on curriculum, job experiences, their overall experience in CS at UCLA, etc.  Aim for alumni who have graduated during the past five years or so.  This would helped connect young alumni to the CS Department, and provide some feedback.

    Help Upsilon Pi Epsilon with fundraising.  This is the CS honor society, but they have virtually no money to operate, go on a retreat, go to a conference, etc.  Perhaps we might solicit donations to fund a couple of small scholarships to their members, or support some of their activities.  Since these are the top students in the Department, I feel like we need to help them.


    Action Items from 4/6/10 Meeting:
    Action Item: Everyone to provide feedback to Milos on new affiliates benefits
    Action Item:  Bill to give list of senior alumni at Qualcomm to Anil
    Action Item: Anil to recommend AAB member from Qualcomm
    Action Item: Milos to talk to dept about how to relieve freshman class size
    Action Item: Alex to poll grad students about career panel
    Action Item:  Advertise career panel to undergrad students through student groups/create posters to hang in ESUC lounge
    Action Item: Anil wants to support career panel because he’s on an Entrepreneurial Board
    Action Item: Andrew to send vote out on candidates after Open House - Complete
    Action Item: Nader to forward the documentation for the Freshman Openhouse to Sze Ke Pat