MCRN’s Small Company Innovation Program Exceeds 100th client

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Small Companies are the backbone of the U.S. economy.  They provide one of the largest opportunities for growth and form critical supply chains to big industry.  Small companies that innovate remain globally competitive, continue to employ, and create a greater positive economic impact often creating more jobs by bringing more efficient products and services to market. Innovation often necessitates significant research and special resources, research and resources that are available at universities.  However, university resources are often unknown or unaffordable to small companies. The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), a program supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in…

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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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4th Annual Lurie Nanofabrication Facility Users Symposium

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The University of Michigan Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) offers easy access to equipment, processes and expert staff support for research on semiconductors, MEMS and microsystems, microfluidic/nanofluidic systems, III-V compound devices, organic materials and devices and advanced coating, patterning, nanofabrication technologies and bio applications. It is available for use by research groups from universities, government, and industry, and provides expertise to help and advise researchers with their projects. Building upon the success of earlier events, we continue our annual tradition of bringing the whole Lurie Nanofabrication Facility community together to learn about each other’s work and celebrate the wide variety of research…

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Doll family gives $2M to endow entrepreneurship director position

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Venture capitalist and University of Michigan alumnus Dixon Doll and his wife, Carol, have given $2 million to endow the position of executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering. The gift names the position the Dixon and Carol Doll Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Dixon Doll received his master of science in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. from U-M in 1965 and 1969, respectively. Carol Doll, a U-M alumna, received her bachelor’s degree in speech and a teaching certification in 1965. “Long ago, I realized that without my Michigan degrees, I never would…

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Annual research funding rises to record $1.39 billion

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The total volume of research at the University of Michigan reached a record $1.39 billion in the 2016 fiscal year that closed June 30, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous year. “As one of the largest and most diverse research universities in the world, U-M plays a significant role both in generating a steady stream of innovative ideas and in educating the people that together underlie the nation’s economic success and quality of life,” said S. Jack Hu, vice president for research. “The growing investment in U-M research is a measure of the continuing confidence of our sponsors in…

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