Celebrating 10 Years of the BEC U-M Business Engagement Center 2017 Annual Report

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!

STELLA WIXOM
Executive Director
Business Engagement Center

Back Row: Sheila Waterhouse, Communications Director, Olga Kiely, Associate Director, Nick Miller, Director, Chris Fick, Senior Director, Charmayne Wiley, Administrative Assistant
Middle Row: Umesh Patel, Senior Director, Stella Wixom, Executive Director, Kristina Bee, Data Analyst, Amy Klinke, Director, Susan Shields, Senior Director, Nell Dority, Senior Director
Front Row: Christine Vladu, Administrative Specialist, Tess Postema, Administrative Assistant
When I joined this group almost 10 years ago it felt like a start-up. The university had a base of corporate partners, but nothing like the scale we have today. Each day I have freedom to work with a great set of industry and university colleagues to try new things, to experiment in new directions, and I love being a part of that innovation.

NICK
This talented team has a fierce passion for the University’s education, research and service missions, and for helping our students, faculty and industry partners be more successful.

UMESH
I’m proud to be one of the original staff members since the BEC’s founding 10 years ago. We’ve created a culture that is supportive, trustworthy and transparent; it’s simple, we are a family.

CHRISTINE
 
THE BEC'S MISSION
The University of Michigan's Business Engagement Center is the pathway connecting dynamic organizations with remarkable talent and resources. We inspire successful collaboration and act as a catalyst to create meaningful, invaluable partnerships. We connect the world's brightest minds with the world's greatest companies, sparking innovation and change through collaborations that advance the research, talent and educational missions of our internal and external partners.
 
2017 METRICS
Total Corporate
Investment
$142.8M
Corporate Research Expenditures
$100.8M
Corporate Philanthropy
$42.0M
Corporate Research Awards
$195.8M
Externally
Sponsored Research
from Industry
11%
Corporate Visits
1320
Companies Recruiting
on Campus
900+
 
2017 CORPORATE
STUDENT SUPPORT
$7.9M
637
COMPANIES GAVE
TO STUDENT SUPPORT
GENERAL UNDERGRAD/ GRAD
SCHOLARSHIPS
$3,793,532
GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS
$1,044,377
UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
$2,700,691
OTHER STUDENT
SUPPORT
$412,952

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.

JERRY MAY
Vice President for Development

IN 2017, COMPANIES CONTRIBUTED TO 43 UNITS AT U-M ANN ARBOR

The top ten units are:
Medical School$50,366,3581
College of Engineering$40,257,6392
College of Lit, Science & Arts$3,232,4983
School of Public Health$3,232,2814
College of Pharmacy$2,576,4215
Ross School of Business$2,536,8856
Dearborn College of Engineering$2,443,7217
Institute for Social Research$1,515,0848
School of Dentistry$1,361,2409
School of Nursing$1,283,68310

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.

JACK HU
Vice President for Research

AN UNPRECEDENTED
PARTNERSHIP

CORPORATE PARTNER:
Ford Motor Company

Ford’s first gift in 1913 (an engine), was just the beginning of a transformational partnership that has had a significant impact on the global economy and engaged more than 50 units across all three U-M campuses.
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A LONG RELATIONSHIP OF INNOVATION AND INTEGRITY

CORPORATE PARTNER:
Procter & Gamble

The foundations for a strong collaboration with P&G began to take shape nearly 15 years ago. Then, P&G’s Connect + Develop organization, a central R&D unit aimed at leveraging outside partners including universities for innovation was launched.
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3M Supports Pipeline Programs for Diverse Students in Engineering

CORPORATE PARTNER:
3M

3M student support for teams including the Solar Car team and Tauber Institute offers generous learning experiences for U-M students – many of whom ultimately go on to work and/or do internships at the Minnesota-based conglomerate.
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HELP WANTED: A NEW
APPROACH TO FINDING
GREAT TALENT

CORPORATE PARTNER:
Old National Bank

By collaborating with multiple units across campus, Old National Bank created a pilot internship program for students with disabilities. “People with disabilities are the largest minority – and the most unemployed group – in the world.
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TRANSFORMING THE
CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE

CORPORATE PARTNER:
Microsoft

David Chesney has a new approach to his senior level Electrical Engineering and Computer Science class, thanks to a stellar group of U-M students and game-changing technology from Microsoft.
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GOOGLE'S VISION FOR
THE FUTURE

CORPORATE PARTNER:
Google

A new grant from Google makes it possible for the Michigan Engineering Zone to double the number of Detroit high school youth who participate in STEM training.
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NEW NEIGHBOR. NEW
OPPORTUNITIES

CORPORATE PARTNER:
DENSO

In addition to a Master Research Agreement, automotive technology company DENSO co-located at the University of Michigan in 2017, allowing them to work along side U-M researchers and students at the North Campus Research Complex.
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TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE COMMITS TO DIVERSITY

CORPORATE PARTNER:
Toyota Research institute

In 2016, Toyota Research Institute (TRI) made a $22 million commitment to partner with the University of Michigan on research. As part of the research agreement, TRI committed to support the University through philanthropy, starting with a $1 million gift in late 2016.
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SATURDAY CLASSES

CORPORATE PARTNER:
University of Michigan Credit Union

It takes a lot of initiative for students to attend class on Saturday. That level of dedication is what the 400+ middle and high school students from Ypsilanti, Southfield, and Detroit bring to all of the events in the Wolverine Pathways program.
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DOW DOES IT AGAIN

CORPORATE PARTNER:
The Dow Chemical Company

The University of Michigan has received a second gift from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, securing the future of the Dow Sustainability Fellows program for an additional three years, through 2020.
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IMPELLIA PLANTS THEIR FEET

CORPORATE PARTNER:
Impellia

It’s tough being a start-up company. The need for access to technology and capital can lead many budding companies to fail. The turning point can sometimes be through the power of network, one that Impellia and U-M worked hard to create.
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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.

THANK YOU.

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.

OVER THE
LAST DECADE

Research Awards
321%
Corporate Research
Expenditures
163%
Corporate
Philanthropy
53%
Companies We’ve
Worked With
335%
Annual Corporate
Visits
166%