Ericsson Supports UT Dallas across Campus
Left to right: Paul Miesse, vice president of compensation and benefits at Ericsson, Jennifer Bonicelli, head of talent acquisition for the U.S. and Canada at Ericsson, Henry Bright, scholarship recipient and intern at Ericsson, Michael Mirsky, scholarship recipient, and Sara Farinacci, university relations program manager at Ericsson.
Ericsson provides communication networks, telecom services and multimedia solutions to operators and service providers in more than 180 countries around the globe. Closer to home, UT Dallas has benefitted from being just a few miles from Ericsson’s North American headquarters in Plano.
Ericsson has been a steady supporter of the University since 1987, when the company made significant donations that led to the creation of the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering, and helped launch the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. The company has generously helped create endowed chairs, endowed professorships, fellowships and scholarships that attract and retain top faculty and students. Company executives also meet with students, host company visits for MBA students, serve on advisory councils, and help Academic Bridge Program participants with resume-building and interview skills.
Ericsson looks to UT Dallas for new hires, and consistently employs more than 50 interns each year. The company was formally recognized in 2010 when Angel Ruiz, president of Ericsson’s North American operations, received the Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award, the highest award bestowed on a non-alumnus.
During the recent Jonsson School Scholarship Breakfast, Paul Miesse, vice president of human resources and organization at Ericsson North America, addressed the group. “This is a major, world-class university that competes and provides resources,” said Miesse, a UT Dallas doctoral student whose daughter and son are both graduates of the University.
Last year, Ericsson not only employed several UT Dallas interns but also hired more than 120 University alumni in the company’s local offices.