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SUCCESS STORIES

3D Modeling Representations, David Fouhey, TRI and a Cat

David Fouhey wants your computer to be as smart as your cat. He’s working pretty hard to make it happen, and he’s got a big group of U-M students on board in his Computer Vision class in the College of Engineering and some great research collaborations to help make...

Language isn’t just business as usual at local startup realLINGUA

By Tess Postema From language professor to tech company founder If you’ve ever studied a foreign language, a persistent challenge quickly emerges:  How to apply what you learn in the classroom - from conjugation exercises to endless vocabulary lists - to real-life...

U-M Students Mapping Ann Arbor Art

Every summer, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs draw artists and art aficionados from around the world to town. While this group descends upon and subsequently leaves town, still here after the crowds disperse is a vibrant and very visible art community in Ann Arbor. Students...

Pushing the limits of autonomous steering for extreme maneuvers

We don’t need to wait for fully autonomous vehicles to benefit from autonomous driving technologies. Life-saving technologies like this one will be preventing accidents in the future even in situations that require extreme maneuvering skills. You’re driving down the...

Etching a Partnership: IMRA America, U-M and A Nobel Prize Winner

Many at the University of Michigan were awaiting Nobel Prize winner Dr. Gerard Mourou’s lecture and reception when he returned to the school where he researched and taught for 18 years. Don Harter and Tak Omitsu, current and former staff at IMRA America, were no...

Polymer Polymath

By Tess Postema For Dr. John Nanos, the future is foaming with possibilities. Dr. Nanos is the owner, CEO, and formerly sole employee of Ann Arbor-based Nanosystems, Inc., a chemical company that develops specialty prepolymer materials used in a variety of consumer...

Toyota funds professorship in AI at U-Michigan

ANN ARBOR—A $3 million gift from Toyota Motor Corporation endows the first named professorship in artificial intelligence at the University of Michigan and provides additional funding to support AI and robotics faculty. The university’s Board of Regents has approved...

Ross Program Prepares Students for Careers of Tomorrow

Companies are continually looking for creative ways to engage top college students and find resources to solve problems that constrain their business. At the same time, there is a concerted emphasis by schools and colleges to provide students with an opportunity for...

Amazon fulfills student experience

Can you really have too much of a good thing? Amazon may not think so, at least when it comes to working with the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. The behemoth online company previously dabbled with a project or two with the program, until they saw the kind of...

Bosch Embeds Themselves in Class

It is rare on campus for industry to get involved in the academic experience of an individual class, but in the case of Robert Bosch, doing so provides the real-world access needed to give the students in Mark Brehob’s Advanced Embedded Systems Design course the...

Seeing Your Ideas in Action

Since 2013, over 70 University of Michigan students on multidisciplinary teams have worked on pressing manufacturing issues at Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS). Doing so has filled an important role for the company – and for the students – in solving critical...

NEWS

The Greening of Gatorade

Inefficiencies in the Gatorade processing lines provided a great target for PepsiCo’s sustainability efforts. A Tauber team dug into the data, modified the process, and coordinated with multiple units to help PepsiCo slash absolute GHG emissions and water usage...

University pilots new partnership for electric scooters on campus

May 3, 2019 By Hanna Quinlan Public Affairs A one-year pilot agreement with Spin, a company owned by Ford Motor Co., has deployed 200 electric scooters throughout campus and surrounding neighborhoods. The pilot involving the University of Michigan, city of Ann Arbor...

UM Engineering Students Take Wraps Off 2019 MRacing Car at PDC

“These students had a full load of classes, and during peak times the team spent nearly 40 hours a week working on the car,” said George Halow, Ford executive champion, UM student vehicle teams.  “It’s a real commitment and a labor of love that gets them to this...

New resource for industry: Key Research Initiatives at U-M

We have daily conversations with companies around a myriad of programs, projects and faculty at the University of Michigan every day. What we find is those conversations often involve a handful of primary U-M areas of expertise that are particularly relevant for the...

Staff Profile: Sheila Waterhouse asks a lot of questions

Our staff are central to the mission of the Business Engagement Center. As a means to get to know us and what makes us tick, our staff profile series is designed to offer insight into our team. Next in the series is Sheila Waterhouse, the communications and marketing...

Michigan Research Cores offers a new, searchable resource database

The University of Michigan’s Biosciences Initiative and Medical School Office of Research have partnered to create a powerful, searchable database with information on research cores across campus. The university is full of rich core resources, but they are often...

Cryptocurrency innovation: U-M to establish FinTech Collaboratory

ANN ARBOR—Financial technology research and education at the University of Michigan will get a boost with $1 million from Ripple's University Blockchain Research Initiative. The funding to U-M—one of 11 universities with new partnerships with Ripple—will support...

Welcome Amy Bellas to the BEC!

The Business Engagement Center is pleased to welcome Amy Bellas to our team and back to the University of Michigan. Amy's 20 years of industry and university experience will help her to facilitate relationships between corporations and faculty. She is responsible for...

Aptiv supports multiple student organizations with $40,000 gift

On campus last week, Aptiv representatives brought a check for their 2018 gift to support U-M students at the annual Scholarship Fellowship Luncheon. Aptiv's gift supports a variety of teams and student organizations as well as the College of Engineering's Career...

LSA’s Thomas Baird named next vice president for development

Thomas A. Baird, a longtime University of Michigan fundraiser, has been named the university’s next vice president for development. His appointment was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents. Baird, a U-M graduate and resident of Ann Arbor, has spent the last three...

Deloitte matches alumni giving and makes an impact at Ross

U-M alumni gifts make an even bigger impact when matched by their awesome employers. Deloitte personally delivered their annual matching gift to Ross Dean Scott DeRue. Thank you for helping U-M raise $5 billion in the Victors for Michigan campaign!

11th Annual University Research Corridor (URC) Economic Report (2018)

Michigan’s University Research Corridor, which includes U-M, contributed $18.7 billion to the state economy in 2017, an increase from $16.5 billion in 2015, according to a new report. The Anderson Economic Group also reported the URC, one of the nation’s top research...