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

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Flying Cars are Coming

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by Sheila Waterhouse  March 13, 2018 In an old airport on the north side of Detroit, the Detroit Aircraft Corporation is quietly engineering a revolution. Jon Rimanelli is doing so with industry-shifting ideas, existing technology and a really old company.  The new vision for the Detroit Aircraft Corporation could return this century plus old company to prominence. Started in the 1920’s, the company owned famous name brands such as Ryan Aircraft and Lockheed. They built the Spirit of St. Louis and developed airports, engine plants and airplanes. They were the ‘General Motors’ of their day, until the stock market crash…

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IMRA Kabuki Art

From lasers to kabuki art: IMRA America and U-M

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What does an iPhone have in common with nineteenth century Japanese theater? The block M, of course. For IMRA America, Inc., an ultrafast laser company founded in 1990, everything seems to circle back to the University of Michigan. In fact, IMRA America was founded in Ann Arbor, by executives from Japanese automotive-part manufacturer Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., specifically because it was home to U-M.  With its rich history of automotive partnerships, cutting-edge early stage research, and successful start-ups, U-M was the perfect resource for Aisin to tap for their new venture, IMRA America, which was to focus on the development…

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Deloitte Foundation matching gifts develop future leaders

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Alumni support and corporate investment are both typically important to the financial and operational success of most of today’s universities. When they work in conjunction, fueled by a shared passion, the results can be transformative. That’s what happened when Deloitte, University of Michigan alumni, and the Deloitte Foundation collaborated with U-M in 2015 to fund leadership initiatives at the Ross Business School. Since that time, around 700 Deloitte alumni seem to have embraced this opportunity, giving over $537,000 in funds to U-M. The Deloitte Foundation – University of Michigan Leadership Collaboration Fund was created in an attempt to engage Deloitte…

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