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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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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IMRA Kabuki Art

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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