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Meet Our Consortium

The GIX Consortium comprises companies and non-profit organizations that partner with MSTI students and faculty to solve real-world problems. Consortium members propose challenging projects that MSTI students and mentors from sponsoring organizations apply design thinking, technology development, and business skills to solve.

Industry + Students

Watch how Vulcan, Inc., and MSTI students work together to leverage technology to improve human communication. Students and engineers work as a team, with each learning and iterating with the other. This innovative format gives students the ability to learn from industry professionals, but also brings new perspectives and talent from students. 

2021-2022 Consortium Members


Microsoft is a founding partner of GIX whose mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.


T-Mobile is a leading provider of wireless communications dedicated to delivering outstanding experiences.

Vulcan, Inc.

Vulcan, Inc. was created by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen and works to be catalysts for change.

As senior engineers, we have inherant biases. By having a fresh pair of eyes and a new generation of students coming out into the working force, they can actually influence things in ways that we never imagined.

Patrick Flickinger, Microsoft AI for Good

GIX Partners

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages state trust lands for the people of Washington. DNR manages 5.6 million acres of forest, range, agricultural, aquatic, and commercial lands for more than $200 million in annual financial benefit for public schools, state institutions, and county services.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep the public informed of the changing environment around them.

Fetch Robotics

Fetch Robotics provides the market’s only cloud-driven Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) solution that addresses material handling and data collection for warehousing and intralogistics environments. Fetch Robotics’ AMRs reduce costs and improve throughput, efficiency, and productivity, while working alongside people.


Kinova is a Canadian technology company that manufactures service robotics platforms and applications for personal assistance. The company is headquartered in Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada.

Join the Consortium

Membership includes access to GIX students and faculty, as well as the Academic Network and other Consortium Members, and at some levels, drop-in space in the Steve Ballmer building, use of the building’s Makerspace, and discounts on professional learning programs. Consortium members enjoy a special connection with GIX that fosters long-term relationships, leading to technical exchange, co-invention, and collaboration with faculty and students. You will also be invited to exclusive events and project demonstrations and will be recognized in GIX marketing materials. 

To learn more about joining the GIX Consortium and the unique opportunities and benefits that it entails, email Anthony Robinson.