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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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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U-M leadership in Michigan Corporate Relations Network yields statewide results

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Representatives from 15 public universities in Michigan gathered at Michigan State University for a bi-annual meeting to coordinate the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN). MCRN at the December planning meeting. MCRN, who’s $1.4 million grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) was just renewed, provides access to talent and research for companies in the state of Michigan through Michigan public universities. MCRN began from corporate relations programs started at the University of Michigan and the university continues to play a leadership role, serving as the principal grant administrators. In 2017 alone, U-M provided 24 internships at 22 companies, creating 13 permanent jobs after…

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Beginnings and Endings

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December 1, 2017 After 19 years in corporate relations at the University of Michigan, Susan Shields, Senior Director at the Business Engagement Center, is retiring in January. During her years at U-M, she has made a profound impact on her colleagues, both within the university and within the corporations she works with. Her efforts significantly contributed to the development of the Dow Sustainability Fellows program, and she has worked tirelessly with Ford Motor Company to grow and enhance partnerships and opportunities there, among other wonderful contributions to many partnerships across campus and the business community. She will be sorely missed!…

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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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