Partnership. Innovation. Impact.

The Business Engagement Center is industry’s front door to the University of Michigan

How we work with companies

Our team works closely with corporate partners to identify win-win partnerships and collaborative opportunities that advance the mission of both organizations.

How we work with faculty & staff

Our team provides resources, counsel and connections for faculty and staff that facilitate industry partnerships and research funding.

“The Business Engagement Center model is widely recognized as defining the leading edge of integrated corporate relations practice.”

Ed Krause

Ford Motor Company


Increase in corporate research awards at U-M over the past decade

$ Million in corporate investment in FY18

Corporate visits hosted by our office in FY18

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Connecting corporate diversity initiatives with those of the University of Michigan is a strategic priority at the BEC.

News & Events

Student earns Microsoft fellowship for research in a new computing paradigm

January 24, 2019

Kassa is developing a framework that will look at the computations of an application and decide in real time which components will best handle it.

Making the Most Out of Michigan

January 29 & 30, 2019

An open meeting for company recruiters and U-M units and departments who have unique student connection opportunities to gather before the Winter Career Fair.

Sponsorship Opportunity at Michigan Ross Datathon

February 22, 2019

This is a premier opportunity for companies to get a detailed, deep look at Data Science talent at Ross and establish themselves as a preferred recruiter for the Data Science community.

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...

Success Stories

Read about the impact of industry and university connections in our case studies, white papers, faculty features, and corporate engagement articles.

Success Stories

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