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ExxonMobil continues legacy of giving with $274,000 matching gifts check to U-M

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Paul Sanford, ExxonMobil’s Refining and Supply Controller, got to come home last month. A U-M alum (BBA ‘81), Paul returns to campus regularly for MBA recruiting and family visits (both of his parents and two of his siblings are U-M alums.  Both siblings live in the Ann Arbor area), but this time his visit to campus was work related. Paul met with Stella Wixom, Executive Director of the Business Engagement Center (BEC), to present ExxonMobil’s matching gift check to the University of Michigan for $274,433.  This gift comprises ExxonMobil Foundation’s generous 3:1 match of contributions from ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors,…

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Gift extends Dow Sustainability Fellows Program through 2020

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By Laura Lessnau Michigan News and Pam Stout Office of University Development A new $3 million gift from the Dow Chemical Co. Foundation to the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan will enable fellows to continue implementing sustainable solutions for food systems, cities, infrastructure, mobility, consumption and energy systems from Michigan to Sub-Saharan Africa. The gift supplements the company’s initial $10 million donation that established the program at U-M in 2012 — a landmark, breakthrough collaboration offering a unique graduate-level interdisciplinary training and project experience. The gift secures funding for the program through 2020. “Dow is pleased…

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Toyota Motor North America Research and Development 40th Anniversary and Grand Opening Ceremony

Toyota Supports Its Community

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Executives from Toyota Motor North America Research & Development in York Township were on hand at the grand opening of their new Supplier Center and Prototype Development facility to unveil more than just their new facility. Toyota’s commitment to the community was a key element in the day’s events. One of the donations presented will help connect communities, provide greater access, and facilitate mobility, all corporate priorities for Toyota. Their $50,000 gift helps complete the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail, finishing a 6-year project to connect Matthaei Botanical Gardens with the Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail system.  The new two-mile, off-road paved trail parallel to Dixboro…

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Surprise Sponsorship Helps U-M Students Compete

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Cars are increasingly more automated, connected, and electrified.  Reflecting these changes, automotive supplier Delphi wants to help grow the pipeline to the best talent in the industry, making sure students...
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New U-M robotics building named in honor of Ford Motor Co. gift

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By Nicole Casal Moore Michigan News The four-story, 140,000-square-foot robotics facility slated for North Campus will be named the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building. This is in recognition of a $15 million gift from the company to the College of Engineering. Ford also has previously agreed to establish an on-campus research laboratory on the fourth floor of the new building. The Board of Regents approved the naming Thursday. They approved the lease for the fourth-floor laboratory in September. The funding will go toward construction and acceleration of the $75 million project to a completion date of late 2019, rather than…

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U-M, Toyota Research Institute partner in $2.4M project in hunt for new materials

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ANN ARBOR—With a $2.4 million investment from the Toyota Research Institute, University of Michigan researchers will develop computer simulation tools to predict automotive battery performance. The project is part of a four-year, $35 million investment with research entities, universities and companies on research that uses artificial intelligence to help accelerate the design and discovery of advanced materials, TRI has announced. Initially, the program will aim to help revolutionize materials science and identify new advanced battery materials and fuel cell catalysts that can power future zero-emissions and carbon-neutral vehicles. “Toyota recognizes that artificial intelligence is a vital basic technology that can…

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Wolverines meet Deere

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John Deere, like other successful multinational companies, always has a hopper of engineering ideas they would like to explore: exciting new technology, improvements to their existing product line, novel product ideas and more. One such project on the list was to develop new and refined functionality for their TANGO E5 Autonomous Lawnmower.  Based on the requirements and timing of the project and U-M’s expertise in robotics, John Deere felt this was an excellent project for some eager and talented students. So John Deere turned to the Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) at U-M’s College of Engineering. Each year, MDP partners with…

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UMCU endows new Arts Adventures program with $1.5M gift

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The University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU) has endowed a new Arts Adventure program at the University of Michigan with a $1.5 million gift. The donation is the largest corporate gift to the arts in the Victors for Michigan Campaign to date and will deeply impact both the community and campus—enabling compelling encounters with the arts for students and providing grants that extend the availability of arts programs to underserved communities. The UMCU Arts Adventures Program provides funding for these programs in perpetuity, while allowing the organizations to enhance and expand upon programs as needs evolve. “The University of Michigan…

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