FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Since our founding 10 years ago, the impact of the Business Engagement Center at the University of Michigan has been felt in all 19 schools and colleges and all three U-M campuses. The impact has been felt in companies and organizations across the state of Michigan and, indeed, across the country.
Our annual report represents a 2017 snapshot of corporate partnerships and highlights our 10 years as an organized enterprise for engagement between industry and the University. What we’ve done at U-M has been transformational, and not just here, but in higher education institutions across the country who come to us for guidance to create similar models.
Most importantly, we’ve transformed the relationships between industry and academia, creating rich partnerships to collaborate on issues that impact society, the economy, and academic success.
We continue to thank you for your partnership over the last decade. Our growth over the last ten years is the result of great collaborations with industry and university partners, and we know the best is yet to come!
Business Engagement Center
Our industry partners have proven again this year how valuable they are to U-M and the business community at-large. I’m grateful for the tremendous impact our partners have had over the last decade, through their growing engagement and generosity.
IN 2017, COMPANIES CONTRIBUTED TO 43 UNITS AT U-M ANN ARBOR
|College of Engineering||$40,257,639||2|
|College of Lit, Science & Arts||$3,232,498||3|
|School of Public Health||$3,232,281||4|
|College of Pharmacy||$2,576,421||5|
|Ross School of Business||$2,536,885||6|
|Dearborn College of Engineering||$2,443,721||7|
|Institute for Social Research||$1,515,084||8|
|School of Dentistry||$1,361,240||9|
|School of Nursing||$1,283,683||10|
Industry engagement is a key component of the university’s commitment to examine some of the most pressing challenges our society faces, and to explore the emerging opportunities at the frontiers of research for addressing them. The Business Engagement Center has continued to strengthen the university’s strategic partnerships with industry by serving as a gateway for companies to access the campus-wide faculty expertise and resources.
2017 ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTSThrough engaging the world-class talent at the University of Michigan with corporate partners, our tenth year initiated powerful connections across campus and around the globe. These unique partnerships kick-started careers, groundbreaking research, big opportunities, and bright futures. As we look ahead, we eagerly anticipate the decades of connections to come.
Ford Motor Company
In 2017, the University of Michigan’s latest collaboration with the Ford Motor Company heralded an invaluable partnership for U-M’s third century.
A LONG RELATIONSHIP OF INNOVATION AND INTEGRITY
Procter & Gamble
U-M and P&G currently partner on 21 research projects at seven schools and colleges across campus.
3M Supports Pipeline Programs for Diverse Students in Engineering
HELP WANTED: A NEW
APPROACH TO FINDING
Old National Bank
...by working with U-M’s Services for Students with Disabilities and the University Career Center, we were able to recruit from this group in new and creative ways.
It was impactful to see University of Michigan students experience this technology firsthand. We hope it creates opportunities to advance research that will shape their future and benefit the local community.
GOOGLE'S VISION FOR
I loved every moment I spent at the MEZ. Whether build season, ACT practice, or other academic focused workshops, it was all so helpful for me.
NEW NEIGHBOR. NEW
TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE COMMITS TO DIVERSITY
Toyota Research institute
It’s exciting to see the impact these programs have on not only the students but on the College of Engineering as well.
University of Michigan Credit Union
As the only locally-based credit union in Ann Arbor, UMCU strives to be the primary resource for financial education in the community.
DOW DOES IT AGAIN
The Dow Chemical Company
IMPELLIA PLANTS THEIR FEET
The resources and commitment through MCRN and U-M are extremely valuable to us. It allows us to do a lot more with very precious resources.
10 YEARS OF THE BEC
As the University of Michigan celebrates its Bicentennial in 2017, the BEC reflects on milestones in corporate engagement at U-M and our role in supporting the research enterprise and philanthropic goals over the last decade. These astounding collaborative research initiatives, intensive recruiting opportunities, and student and program investment propel us to new heights in corporate engagement for U-M’s third century.
During the last decade, our corporate partners have made the impossible possible. They have sponsored research projects that advance technology beyond our imagination and that make the world a better place. They have funded students in the arts, social sciences, engineering and medicine. They have provided faculty with equipment, labs, and funds that generate new research, ideas and technology. They have mentored and sponsored our students across all units and all campuses. They have been invaluable.WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIP.