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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Saturday Classes

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It takes a lot of initiative for students to attend class on Saturday. That level of dedication is what the 400+ middle and high school students from Ypsilanti, Southfield and Detroit bring to all of the events in the Wolverine Pathways program. Wolverine Pathways, a new diversity pipeline program at U-M was established to address the pressing need for U-M to offer a focused and intentional K- 12 program to sustain and improve the diversity of the undergraduate student population. Nell Dority, Senior Director at the Business Engagement Center, knew this would be a good fit for the community-minded University…

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We Have a New Housemate

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Building on their Master Research Agreement and their Mcity Leadership Circle membership, automotive technology company DENSO co-located at the University of Michigan in 2017 to work side by side with U-M researchers and students. In addition to new research projects, this arrangement has supported new Multidisciplinary Design Program projects and created 18 new paid summer internships for undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students. “This has been an amazing opportunity to first learn from and then work with industry and see how we  can use that knowledge in practical situations. We do projects in class, but they are in a controlled environment….

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Students demonstrate various research projects as part of their work in the Sensory Augmentation and Rehabilitation Laboratory (SARL) and the Laboratory for Innovation in Global Health Technology (LIGHT). Both labs fall under the Sienko Research Group, led by Kathleen Sienko, an Arthur F Thurnau Professor and associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan Photo: Evan Dougherty/Assistant Multimedia Editor - University of Michigan - College of Engineering www.engin.umich.edu

Impellia Plants Their Feet

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It’s tough being a start-up company. The need for access to technology and capital can lead many budding companies to fail. The turning point can sometimes be through the power of your network, one that Impellia and U-M worked hard to create. Impellia’s leadership had a number of connections at the University of Michigan, some of them key members of the Athletics department. Even with those connections, the hurdles of undertaking sponsored research projects were large for an early stage start-up like Impellia. It was funding from the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) that made this opportunity a reality. Impellia…

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Reflections from the Winning Team

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Congratulations to the Dell team from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations for taking first place in the 2017 Spotlight Contest. A summary of their experience is worth the read! Reflecting on Our Ocean Plastic Summer Internship We knew all the statistics from our initial research— the 8 million tons of plastics entering the ocean every year, the growth to 80 million tons by 2025, and the notion that one day there may be more plastic in the ocean than fish. But until we actually saw the piles of discarded plastic and walked the beaches ourselves, it was really hard…

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