10 Minutes with Jack Hu

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Though Jack Hu has been involved with the Business Engagement Center (BEC) since participating in the exploratory committee that developed BEC a decade ago, he is only looking forward. When he does, Hu sees the future of corporate engagement, and it is full of diversification. “After years of declining federal funding, industry has stepped in to fill a very critical gap. I see this trend continuing and see opportunity for industry – both domestic and international – to connect with U-M for comprehensive student support and dynamic research,” Hu says. He highlights the BEC’s successful corporate engagement model in two…

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Big Blue + Maize and Blue = Computer Innovation

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A rich 200-year history is cause for celebration and for recognition of the many valued relationships that have endured for so many decades at the University of Michigan. Throughout this bicentennial year, the Business Engagement Center will highlight the University’s collaborations, innovations, and connections with their steadfast business partners, giving a historical perspective of today’s achievements. By Chris Colaner Even in the early years when the computer industry was just coming of age, the alliance between IBM and the University of Michigan had all the hallmarks of a winning team. They were both willing to take on the uncertainties of…

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10 Minutes with Daryl Weinert

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Back in 1999, one of Daryl’s first projects at U-M was a road trip. He was newly hired as the Director of Corporate Relations at the College of Engineering and admits he was “naive”. He had come from working in industry in Chicago, and to get a handle on the task in front of him, he took to the road, visiting corporate relations departments at peer academic institutions around the country. What he heard was intriguing: a whispering of opportunity that was unexplored by any university he visited. Universities had been working with corporations for years, but the efforts were…

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10 Minutes with Marvin Parnes

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The university is no stranger to committees. We spend a lot of time and effort in this space. We banter around an overwhelming number of great ideas, many of which are challenging to implement in our decentralized academic environment.  Some ideas are worth the effort. Marvin found that to be true, and he is proud to have been involved in the committee that recommended the establishment of the first comprehensive university-wide Business Engagement Center in higher education. “We realized we needed to have a clearinghouse for industry relations. We needed one point of contact, like a portal. We needed to…

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How Michigan is winning the race in connected technology

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By Leslie D. Green in Crain’s Detroit Business Do more in less time. Arrive at destinations quicker and safer. Improve work-life balance. These wants have fueled thousands of years of invention and progress, including the advent of the horse-drawn carriage, automobile, rocket ship and Internet. Today’s mobility innovations have experts predicting solutions with near-future technology previously seen only in science fiction. Consider: Safer roads that adjust based on vehicle communications and traffic patterns, dramatically reducing the number of auto-related fatalities; Pods that deliver a person from one destination to another; and Integrated technologies that would predict when a household will…

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Report: MSU, UM, Wayne State spent $1.2 billion on health sciences research in 2015

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New report shows impact of Michigan research universities on jobs, spinoff companies By Lindsay Vanhulle in Crain’s Detroit Business Michigan’s top research universities together spent $1.2 billion on research and development in health and life sciences in 2015, according to a new report. Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — collectively known as the University Research Corridor — also created, on average, a new spinoff in the sector every other month for the past five years and are responsible for nearly 45 percent of Michigan’s health or life sciences degrees from 2011 to 2015. The research…

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Register Now for the Human Factors Engineering Short Course from U-M’s Integrative Systems + Design

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U-M’s Integrative Systems + Design program is offering a July/August short course on Human Factors Engineering. Taught by 13 human factors experts, the course provides experience and training in usability testing, user-centered design, and user interface evaluation pertinent to a wide range of industries. The program is available July 24-29 and July 31-August 4. Registrants can sign up for one or both weeks. Programs consist of 14 seminars and workshops, all while networking with colleagues from a wide range of industries. U-M has been offering the program for 57 years now, and with the continued emergence of new user-computer interfaces,…

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IRLEE refocuses effort on economic growth, takes new name

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By Alex Piazza Office of Research A University of Michigan institute is reviewing its goals and objectives in an effort to foster innovation and create positive economic impact for communities and economies nationwide. As part of its reassessment, the Economic Growth Institute replaces the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy, a widely recognized leader in economic development, industry support, advanced manufacturing and jobs forecasting. Paula Sorrell, who joined U-M in January as director of the Economic Growth Institute, is leading the reassessment. Sorrell is responsible for overseeing operations of the institute and directing strategy to guide its…

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