Staff Profile: Jon Grice on cutting grass, industry experience, and why he wears a cape

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Our greatest asset at the Business Engagement Center is our staff. They serve as the conduit for critical industry/university partnerships – and they’re really interesting people. Take Jon Grice for example – A U-M alum, Jon joined the Business Engagement Center after five years at U-M’s Tauber Institute for Global Operations and a previous career at Intel Corporation. He’s got a great industry foundation, fun family, and he sometimes wears a cape. Q: Before working at the BEC, what was the most interesting job you’ve ever had?  A: My most interesting job early in life was cutting greens and doing maintenance…

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Out of the Frying Pan, into the Autonomous Vehicle

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PNC Bank Sponsors Sanger Leadership Crisis Challenge for Third Year in a Row By Tess Postema Where can you find the top executive officers of successful companies, from Shinola to Sprint, from Vox Media to Blackstone, in the same space as hundreds of university students and a professional press corps? The Big House.   The Leadership Crisis Challenge at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business brings these groups together every year.  Organized and hosted by the Sanger Leadership Center, the Challenge places students in a simulated business crisis over 24 hours, culminating in press conferences by student team finalists…

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University breaks ground on new Ford Robotics Building

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Robots developed at facility will address range of societal needs By Nicole Casal Moore Michigan News Starting in early 2020, robots will drive, walk, fly and help rehabilitate or enhance human function in the $75-million Ford Motor Company Robotics Building at the University of Michigan, and officials broke ground on the facility Friday. The 140,000-square-foot, four-story complex will house classrooms, offices, a startup-style open collaboration area and tailored lab space for a variety of robotic technologies. Plans include a three-story fly zone for autonomous aerial vehicles, an outdoor obstacle course for walking robots, high-bay garage space for self-driving cars, and…

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Business Solutions and Recruiting Opportunity: MDP Sponsorship at U-M

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The Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) is a competitively-selected curricular program for students at the University of MichiganAnn Arbor. The program organizes approximately 40 teams of 5-7 talented Wolverine students to tackle engineering and/or chemistry projects for various corporate, start-up, non-profit and government organizations. All teams start in January and end in December, and are jointly mentored by a dedicated UM Faculty member and a member of your organization. The Multidisciplinary Design Program has opened its annual call for Project Proposals. 2019 Proposals will be accepted until June 30, 2018.  Learn about the benefits, get program details, or sponsor a team….

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Two Week Auto Executive Development Program through the Ross School of Business

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The Automotive Executive Development Program (Auto EDP) is a two week program designed to equip present and future auto industry leaders with the knowledge and skills required for transforming the automotive industry in China, North America, and around the world. Competitive market forces and government policies are driving the auto industry to achieve a stronger position in the global economy through advanced manufacturing, innovative supply chain strategies, and technologies such as intelligent and autonomous driving. Through close collaboration between the University of Michigan Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University…

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Andrew Ryan Named UnitedHealthcare Endowed Professor at University of Michigan School of Public Health

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New endowed professorship to advance scholarship and research in the areas of health care management and health care leadership Ann Arbor, Mich. March 22, 2018 – Andrew Ryan has been named the first UnitedHealthcare Professor of Health Care Management at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. UnitedHealthcare established this $2.5 million endowed professorship to provide critical support to a selected tenured faculty member by funding both salary and a discretionary fund that allows for the pursuit of innovative health policy research. As associate professor of health management and policy, Ryan’s research focuses primarily on value-based payment models, or payment…

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Positive Business Conference – May 10 & 11, 2018

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Culture is a hot topic these days — and for good reason. Businesses with positive cultures enjoy larger profits, better performance, and happier employees. In addition, thriving employees are more committed and satisfied with their jobs. But how do you create this kind of culture? Develop a strategy for a sustainable positive culture at the Michigan Ross Positive Business Conference, May 10-11. This year’s theme, “Right from the start: building and sustaining a positive culture from startup to scale,” will provide valuable insights and research you can apply immediately whether you want to start your business off on the right…

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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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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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