Advisory Committees

Invitation-only Advisory Committees for Successful Industry Executives and Entrepreneurs

SMU Advisory Committees are an invitation-only, professional group where top industry executives and entrepreneurs work with the University to ensure SMU’s students are future-ready. Advisory members are respected leaders in various industries who are selected for the Advisory based on the depth and diversity of experience within their industry. Members network with fellow executives, participate in bi-annual meetings, serve as mentors to students, take on guest speaking opportunities and gain connections and visibility.

SMU Big Data Advisory

SMU Cyber Advisory

SMU Future of Work Advisory

SMU Women in Leadership Advisory

SMU Big Data Advisory member Mark Austin

Mark Austin, Vice President Data Science, AT&T

“As an SMU Big Data Advisory member, we partnered with SMU to create a student pipeline by creating custom programming with a data science boot camp and an onsite paid internship. We worked with 9 outstanding students and offered full time positions to several of them. We plan to run the program again, as it was such a success.”
SMU Big Data Advisory Committee member Hossein Zahed

Hossein Zahed, Director of Data Science and Machine Learning, Capital One

“As an SMU Big Data Advisory member, I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the MSDS Immersion speaking to data science students. We are always hiring data scientists and this was a great way to interact with students who are ready to graduate.”

Exposure. Recognition. Connections.

Interested in learning more about becoming an SMU Advisory Committee member? Reach out to Terry Teague at 214-768-1018 or at