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What are some universities that have affiliation to national labs/Indu

  1. May 27, 2014 #1
    What are some universities that have affiliation to national labs and or Industry?

    For examples I'm thinking of how:

    Lockheed-Martin and USC have come together to create the Experimental and Theoretical Adiabatic Quantum Computation

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech

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  3. May 27, 2014 #2
    In terms of tight associations, there is The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratories (JHUAPL).

    Don't overlook looser affiliations. The Naval Academy in Annapolis, The Naval Research Lab, The University of Maryland and places like the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Goddard Spaceflight Center, and many more. People tend to know each other in Tech heavy areas and doors do have a tendency to revolve...
  4. May 28, 2014 #3


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    NIST and University of Colorado, Boulder (they run JILA together)
  5. May 29, 2014 #4


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    You're missing:

    Lawrence Livermore National Lab and University of California, Davis


    University of Chicago and Argonne National Lab
  6. May 29, 2014 #5
    Thanks for the replies!

    My rational for asking is I am assuming that when/If I apply to graduate school places that have an affiliation with a lab/or company will enhance job prospects. Does this make sense?
  7. May 29, 2014 #6

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    "Hey, about that opening. I don't think Bob is a good fit."
    "But Bob went to a school that has an affiliation with a national lab."
    "Well, that changes everything!"
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    Well it may enhance job prospects with that lab or company iff you do your graduate research at the lab or company.

    If you're in engineering most of the most well-known schools have close relationships with many companies and labs.
  9. May 29, 2014 #8
    I dont think thats how it would work. It would be more like

    Hey about that opening. We have loads of applications and many of them are good like Bob.
    Bob went to a school that has an affiliation with a national lab so you remember Prof. George who gave his recs. We like George so his word carries weight and he works here often due to the labs affiliation.
    Lets take Bob it is less risky.

    It is easy to frame ludicrous scenarios like the bad fit.
  10. May 29, 2014 #9
    Sorry, what I meant was if you went to school that had an affiliation with X and then upon graduation wanted to get a job at that same X. Surely that would be meaningful?

    I don't meant just name affiliation. I mean obviously you would have been building a relationship in some sense or working on projects with them. Wouldn't that be easier at a place that had a relationship with X?
  11. May 29, 2014 #10
    Perhaps, I don't understand the relationship between X university and Y Lab/Gov/Industry?

    For example if one is a grad student at X. How tight is Y's relationship with X? What are the chances that one would be able to work/know/network with Y? Is it just a share resources thing or how do these relationships work?
  12. May 30, 2014 #11
    Typically, these labs leverage university talent and the universities leverage the practical talent available at the lab. In other words, it is a mutual back-scratching exercise for the professors and researchers.

    If you happen to know a university professor who works with the lab, you might have a good foot in the door for a project they happen to be working on. But that would be the case no matter what. Most colleges have some sort of research projects going on. People tend to build tech heavy industry around large universities anyhow.

    You'll still have to work your *** off to get that job and it won't pay much. Welcome to the real world...
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