Over the past year, the Statistics Department has been building a relationship with TDS, one of the telecommunications companies active in Wisconsin. TDS recently joined our Industrial Affiliates Program and is interested in exploring ways they can benefit in planning and studying their communications networks. Brian Yandell invited them to participate as a “live” researcher in Stat 998 Statistical Consulting for Fall 2021. The graduate students in the course – all in the MS or PhD options for Statistics or Biostatistics – welcomed the challenge of a non-standard problem. TDS found the interaction with students stimulating and the reports to be useful for their future design decisions. We look forward to more interactions with TDS, and with other future Industrial Affiliates partners, in the future.