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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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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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