Membership Benefits and Costs

Table of CIFE Affiliate Levels - Options, Costs & Benefits
Annual Fee $15,000 $12,000 $20,000 $35,000 $60,000 $125,000
Matching Between Students and Affiliates Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Summer Program (Prepaid Participant Days) 2 days 4 days 6 days 6 days 10 days 16 days
Prepaid Participant Days for CIFE Conferences Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Joint Student-Member Learning Experiences No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Membership on Technical Committees (TAC) No 1 to 3 People 1 to 3 People 1 to 3 People 1 to 3 People 1 to 3 People
Membership on Industry Advisory Board (IAB) No 1 Person 1 Person 1 Person 1 Person 2 People
Annual Visit from Faculty or Staff Member No If possible Yes Yes Yes Yes
Visiting Scholar Program No No No No 1 Quarter 1 Year
Dual Memberhip in
Global Projects Center & CIFE
No No No Yes Yes Yes
Prepaid VDC Certificate Program Participant for 3 Paid Participants No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Whole VDC Certificate Program for Company No No No No No Yes

1Technology members are expected to contribute their technology and corresponding training and support free of charge to CIFE for use in research and education in addition to the annual fee.

Membership Benefits

CIFE operates under the Stanford University Policies for Industrial Affiliates Programs. In support of Stanford’s charter to “promote public welfare”, CIFE aims to create knowledge that improves the performance of the built environment. CIFE’s specific research focus is on the integration of design, construction, and operation for all kinds of built facilities. The knowledge created in the CIFE community is shared publicly to maximize its dissemination and speed up its widespread adoption. Since the data and knowledge about the performance of the built environment exist only in industry practice and cannot be simulated or collected in university laboratory settings, the interactions between CIFE and its industry affiliates are designed to maximize the likelihood of creating theoretically sound and practically relevant knowledge as efficiently as possible. These interactions include:

Facilitated Matching of Students and Affiliates

CIFE facilitates connections between students and companies to offer industry experiences to students and transfer engineering and management methods formalized at CIFE to industry practice.

Annual Summer Program

This annual program is offered each summer. The program is open to all and offers an in-depth exposure to CIFE research from the participating faculty and students and to leading practices from the industry practitioners. The program is a mixture of lectures, workshops, industry presentations, and group participation by attendees. Although the pace is intense, there is also opportunity for networking and discussions with other attendees. The CIFE membership contribution includes a certain number of prepaid participant days according to the level of membership (see the table above; the only cost for the prepaid participants is $100 per day to cover the administrative costs and cost of meals). CIFE Affiliates can register additional participants at affiliate rates as posted in the registration information for the summer program.

CIFE Conferences

Occasionally, CIFE hosts special conferences, seminars, and workshops (often with the encouragement or in cooperation with its affiliates). Speakers from industry, Stanford, and other academic institutions, working on CIFE-related research, are invited to make presentations on theoretical and practical aspects of the particular conference topic. These conferences are open to all. The CIFE affiliate contribution includes the same number of prepaid participant days in the special conferences as for the summer program. Additional participants can be registered at affiliate rates posted in the registration information for a conference. See the list of special conferences in the last few years.

Joint Student-Affiliate Learning Experiences

Affiliate companies can propose an engineering problem that could benefit from analysis with virtual design and construction (VDC) methods. The problem is then matched with a class that teaches the applicable analysis method. If selected by the respective faculty member, a group of Stanford students work on the CIFE affiliate’s problem with VDC tools as their project during the Stanford class. By proposing a problem, the company commits to the timely sharing of data and knowledge and mentorship of the student group. If desired and mutually agreeable, the student group then visits a site of the member company at the end of the quarter (e.g., during the break) to explain the use of VDC methods on the problem, receive feedback, or work collaboratively with a small group of company engineers and managers to continue the project.

Visits by Faculty or Staff to CIFE Members

Each year, at a mutually agreed time, a member of the Stanford faculty or staff who is pursuing CIFE research, will be available for a one-day visit to CIFE Affiliates at the Member level or above. The purpose of the visit is to present an overview of relevant research topics and to review issues of interest to the company. Except travel costs, there is no additional costs for this visit. Presentations made by the CIFE representative will be shared on the CIFE website.

Membership on Industry Advisory Board (IAB)

The IAB meets annually in the fall. It is composed of senior managers of CIFE member at the Small Business Member level and above. Associate-, Member- and Small Business-level firms are permitted one representative in this group; Collaborator-level firms may send two representatives. The purpose of the IAB is to provide overall policy guidance and strategic direction to CIFE. This group provides the direction for major research initiatives and CIFE programs.

Membership on Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The TAC meets in the spring to review CIFE seed research projects proposed by Stanford faculty members and to recommend projects for funding. CIFE Affiliates can send representatives to the TAC in accordance with the table above.

Visiting Scholar Program

The Visiting Scholar (VS) program is designed to enable close collaboration between the CIFE Affiliate at the Associate and Collaborator level and CIFE to explore and develop a research area of mutual interest. A VS can be a member of the Affiliate’s staff who is collaborating with CIFE researchers as a visiting scholar or as a matriculated or non-matriculated student. A VS can also be a Stanford student who is working at Stanford or at a CIFE Affiliate’s site to advance research in that way. A Visiting Scholar from a company is a recognized expert in a field of expertise relevant to the CIFE community.

VS from Associate or Collaborator at CIFE

An Associate or Collaborator can send a staff member to work at Stanford as a Visiting Scholar (VS). These individuals become part of research teams and are given office space with access to CIFE facilities. In addition, with the permission of the respective faculty, they can audit classes and attend colloquia. If a VS desires to work on an individual research project, CIFE will attempt to match the VS with an appropriate faculty member who can guide the research. Typically, VS spend 1 to 4 quarters at Stanford, but longer periods are also possible for an additional quarterly fee of $25,000.

Stanford student doing research with an Associate or Collaborator

An Associate or Collaborator may elect to work with a Stanford student in the context of the VS program. This is usually a Ph.D. student who needs access to field data or is attempting to test a research prototype or method and who is working on a topic of joint interest. CIFE will facilitate the matching of students and Associates or Collaborators. As mutually agreed, the student may work at Stanford or at a CIFE Affiliate site. The $25,000 quarterly VS contribution covers the tuition and stipend for the student for the duration of the contribution (at the 10 unit or 50% research assistantship level). Additional expenses (e.g., travel, accommodation) need to be covered by the CIFE Affiliate.

Dual Membership in Global Projects Center and CIFE

The research and outreach conducted by the Global Projects Center (GPC) and the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) are complementary and overlap in some areas. We have, therefore, decided that affiliates interested in joining both GPC and CIFE may do so with a reduction of $10,000 on the membership fee for each center.

Virtual Design & Construction Certificate Program

CIFE, together with affiliate Project Production Institute (PPI) offers the VDC (Virtual Design & Construction) Certificate Program, which teaches Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and Facility Management (FM) professionals how to obtain high value for their projects and businesses from effective use of Virtual Design and Construction methods. VDC programs offered at CIFE are open to all for a fee of $10,000 per participant. CIFE Affiliation at the Member level or higher includes one additional participant for three paid participants. CIFE Affiliation at the Collaborator level includes one certificate program per year for up to 20 professionals. Note that Collaborators must make a choice each year between the whole VDC program benefit and the VS Program benefit, i.e., if a Collaborator selects one of these programs, it can select the other program only for the corresponding additional fee.

Further Membership Information

Please contact:

Prof. Martin Fischer
Phone: 650-725 4649