Cheryl Donohoe named Business & Foundation Engagement executive director, Business Engagement Center director

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1/29/2018 Donohoe plans to maximize the impact of the department, making connections and encouraging collaborations between the university and the foundation and business worlds. When Cheryl Donohoe started at UM-Dearborn in January, she inherited a mouthful of a title: executive director of Business and Foundation Engagement (B&FE) and director of the Business Engagement Center (BEC). Donohoe said she doesn’t mind if faculty and staff get tripped up on that one. (A few weeks in, she still does.) But one thing she wants there to be less confusion about is how the BEC can be a real difference maker for faculty, staff and…

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Amy Klinke approaches life from all angles

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Our staff at the BEC are rock stars. They inspire partnerships, facilitate connections, and serve as a key portal for 1200+ companies to engage at U-M. Amy Klinke, Director at the BEC, shares a little about what makes her tick, what her goals are, and when to say yes… Q: Before working at the BEC, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? A: Offshore salmon fishing in Kodiak Alaska Q: Tell us three things most people don’t know about you… I have run 7 marathons, including an Ironman and though I consider myself a recovering triathlete,…

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Peers Health and University of Michigan Announce New Research Partnership

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Peers Health is proud to sponsor a two-year research project with the University of Michigan that will apply advanced learning technologies to a proprietary global database of millions of de-identified disability and workers’ compensation cases. The goals of the project include developing a prescriptive modeling framework to facilitate development of optimal return-to-work plans for injured or ill patients. Public policy experts have begun to connect patients’ ability to perform their productive endeavors, such as their job, to their state of general health and well-being. The findings from this project, by helping define when someone objectively has…

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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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Finding access to scarce talent and new technology

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Hiring the best and brightest is an ongoing challenge for many companies. Employers are struggling to hire scarce talent skilled in artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies. Consequently, companies are seeking ways to build relationships with faculty and students doing innovative work. TRI was the sponsor of this year’s Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Graduate Student Honors Competition in which Ph.D. students from each department are nominated by the department chair to compete against each other for the top award. The ‘best of the best’ present their research to faculty, students, and TRI, after which the faculty members and sponsor…

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Energizing Company

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Finding ways to wrap your head around climate issues can be a challenge faced by researchers, non-profit organizations, policy makers, and corporations alike. Seven teams of students tried to distill some of these complexities by competing in the Energy + Contest through U-M’s Energy Institute.  The program garnered sponsorship interest from companies and organizations, thanks to generous contributions by DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, and the Anthropocene Institute. Dave Harwood, Director of Renewable Energy at DTE Energy and one of the contest judges said, “As Michigan’s largest producer of renewable energy, DTE Energy was proud to support and participate in the…

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U-M leadership in Michigan Corporate Relations Network yields statewide results

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Representatives from 15 public universities in Michigan gathered at Michigan State University for a bi-annual meeting to coordinate the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN). MCRN at the December planning meeting. MCRN, who’s $1.4 million grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) was just renewed, provides access to talent and research for companies in the state of Michigan through Michigan public universities. MCRN began from corporate relations programs started at the University of Michigan and the university continues to play a leadership role, serving as the principal grant administrators. In 2017 alone, U-M provided 24 internships at 22 companies, creating 13 permanent jobs after…

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One gift, a dozen students, and lot of thanks

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Lunch at the annual program review of the research projects between U-M and Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is often a networking affair. That was the case this year, but this lunch offered a more meaningful opportunity for many who attended. U-M students in two programs that received $1 million in funding from TRI had the occasion to network with the company’s leadership and staff. This was a chance to talk about industry trends, research ideas, job opportunities, and career paths. This was a chance to showcase amazing talent, and a chance to say thank you. TRI’s commitment (more information on…

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