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

Global Operations Conference (GOC)

November 7-8, 2019  Ross School of Business

The main objective of the GOC is to bring together global leaders in industry and academia to share, debate and strategize to advance the worldwide practice of operations.

Exercise & Sport Science Initiative (ESSI) Symposium

November 14, 2019 Junge Family Champions Center

Industry experts, researchers and athletic leaders network and discuss the latest trends and innovations in exercise and sport science.

MIDAS Data Science Symposium

November 13-15, 2019 Rackham Amphitheatre

The largest data science research event at U-M, featuring deep learning workshops by leading companies, poster presentations by data science students and postdocs from 30+ leading universities around the country, and Data Science for Music mini-symposium featuring four research projects funded by MIDAS.


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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

Ford Day @ U-M