The Business Engagement Center is industry’s front door to the University of Michigan.  

We design, build, and catalyze partnerships between companies and university faculty and students, to advance our shared research and education goals.

NEW REPORTS AVAILABLE:    2017 BEC Annual Report         2017 U-M Research Annual Report        2017 U-M Annual Report

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Bosch Embeds Themselves in Class

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It is rare on campus for industry to get involved in the academic experience of an individual class, but in the case of Robert Bosch, doing so provides the real-world access needed to give the students in Mark Brehob’s Advanced Embedded Systems Design course the design experience that makes them more attractive to recruiters. Mark Brehob realized U-M was missing a major design class in this area of engineering, so he created it. Funding was tight, though, so he turned to industry partners as a solution—and that solution has worked extremely well for industry partners, the University, and students. Each…

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Seeing Your Ideas in Action

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Since 2013, over 70 University of Michigan students on multidisciplinary teams have worked on pressing manufacturing issues at Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS). Doing so has filled an important role for the company – and for the students – in solving critical problems, identifying costs savings, and finding ways for a local business to grow and thrive in a competitive economy. DMS participates in this opportunity through the Multidisciplinary Design Program every year and shares how it fills a critical gap and serves as a strategic recruiting resource. Mark Granderson, a U-M alum who is now the Plant Manager in DMS’…

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