10 Minutes with Stella Wixom

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U-M’s corporate partners say that it’s the people of the BEC that provide the biggest benefit to working with UM. That definitely starts at the top, with the Executive Director, Stella Wixom. Having served as the University and Campus Manager for Nortel Networks, Wixom brought industry experience in technology, sales, and marketing when she joined U-M. Her experience and expertise sitting on the industry side of collaborations represented a valuable perspective in building the newly structured BEC. A core part of the BEC since nearly its inception, Stella played a pivotal role in developing some critical industry/university partnerships before taking…

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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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