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From lasers to kabuki art: IMRA America and U-M

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What does an iPhone have in common with nineteenth century Japanese theater? The block M, of course. For IMRA America, Inc., an ultrafast laser company founded in 1990, everything seems to circle back to the University of Michigan. In fact, IMRA America was founded in Ann Arbor, by executives from Japanese automotive-part manufacturer Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., specifically because it was home to U-M.  With its rich history of automotive partnerships, cutting-edge early stage research, and successful start-ups, U-M was the perfect resource for Aisin to tap for their new venture, IMRA America, which was to focus on the development…

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Deloitte Foundation matching gifts develop future leaders

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Alumni support and corporate investment are both typically important to the financial and operational success of most of today’s universities. When they work in conjunction, fueled by a shared passion, the results can be transformative. That’s what happened when Deloitte, University of Michigan alumni, and the Deloitte Foundation collaborated with U-M in 2015 to fund leadership initiatives at the Ross Business School. Since that time, around 700 Deloitte alumni seem to have embraced this opportunity, giving over $537,000 in funds to U-M. The Deloitte Foundation – University of Michigan Leadership Collaboration Fund was created in an attempt to engage Deloitte…

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Energizing Company

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Finding ways to wrap your head around climate issues can be a challenge faced by researchers, non-profit organizations, policy makers, and corporations alike. Seven teams of students tried to distill some of these complexities by competing in the Energy + Contest through U-M’s Energy Institute.  The program garnered sponsorship interest from companies and organizations, thanks to generous contributions by DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, and the Anthropocene Institute. Dave Harwood, Director of Renewable Energy at DTE Energy and one of the contest judges said, “As Michigan’s largest producer of renewable energy, DTE Energy was proud to support and participate in the…

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One gift, a dozen students, and lot of thanks

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Lunch at the annual program review of the research projects between U-M and Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is often a networking affair. That was the case this year, but this lunch offered a more meaningful opportunity for many who attended. U-M students in two programs that received $1 million in funding from TRI had the occasion to network with the company’s leadership and staff. This was a chance to talk about industry trends, research ideas, job opportunities, and career paths. This was a chance to showcase amazing talent, and a chance to say thank you. TRI’s commitment (more information on…

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BEC reports record corporate research expenditures in FY 2017

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Corporate expenditures on existing University of Michigan research rose to $100.8 million in the past fiscal year. The U-M Business Engagement Center reported that total corporate investment in U-M — research expenditures coupled with philanthropic contributions — rose to $142.8 million.  The first-time BEC Annual Report comes as the center celebrates its 10th year serving as the university’s front door for industry wanting to connect with the U-M community. The BEC connects companies with research, recruiting, faculty and philanthropic opportunities across campus. Since the BEC’s inception, corporate philanthropy to U-M has increased 53 percent and corporate research expenditures have nearly tripled. “After…

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3M Supports Pipeline Programs for Diverse Students in Engineering

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3M has been an active supporter of U-M student and faculty pursuits for decades. Their student support for teams including the Solar Car team and Tauber Institute offers generous learning experiences for U-M students – many of whom ultimately go on to work and/or do internships at the Minnesota-based conglomerate. 3M has also worked closely with U-M on many student projects, which provide solutions to technical and business challenges while giving an insight into potential new recruits. With this gift, 3M deepens its support of STEM-focused students by providing funding that touches students at three distinct levels during their academic…

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An Unprecedented Partnership

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Ford’s first gift in 1913 (an engine), was just the beginning of a transformational partnership that has had a significant impact on the global economy and engaged more than 50 units across all three U-M campuses. Since that first gift, Ford’s commitment to U-M’s students, collaborative research, and our community has grown exponentially. In 1955, Ford’s $1 million contribution to the Phoenix Memorial Project established the Ford Nuclear Reactor at U-M, advancing the peaceful application of atomic energy in our world. Two years later, $6.5 million and more than 200 acres of land from the Ford Estate gave rise to…

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A long relationship of innovation and integrity

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The foundations for a strong collaboration between the Procter and Gamble Company (P&G) and the University of Michigan began to take shape nearly 15 years ago.  Then, P&G’s Connect + Develop organization, a central research and development unit aimed at leveraging outside partners including universities for innovation was launched. Just a few years later, U-M’s BEC was formalized. Over the course of the next decade the two organizations began experimenting for ways to build on existing collaborations, which included a strong history of recruiting and classroom engagement.  In 2011 P&G signed a statewide master research agreement with all of Michigan’s…

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Industry partners invest in second phase of Mcity funding

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October 31, 2017 – Ann Arbor  Eleven companies are investing a total of $11 million in the second phase of industry funding for Mcity, the University of Michigan-led public-private R&D initiative leading the transformation to connected and automated mobility. Industry’s continuing interest reflects Mcity’s success in building an ecosystem of companies committed to the center’s mission to accelerate the development and implementation of connected and automated vehicles to improve traffic safety, conserve energy, and increase accessibility to transportation. “Launching Mcity was in itself a grand experiment,” said Huei Peng, Mcity director and the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering…

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