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 FY19

Corporate visits hosted by our office in FY19

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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


Many events on campus have been cancelled or are virtual events due to safety concerns over Clovid-19. Please check event links for more details.

Automotive Globalization and the Pandemic

April 29, 2020 9:00am – 1:30pm  Virtual Conference 

Automotive Futures’ Automotive Research Conference is addressing current issues facing the industry. Automotive Globalization and the Pandemic: How Will New Trade Relations and the Global Pandemic Affect the Globalization of the Industry?

Automotive Research Center Annual Program Review

May 14-15, 2020   Virtual Event

The annual event brings together members of the automotive research community from across academia, government and industry to share our latest research developments. It is an opportunity to discuss Army-relevant efforts, and to leverage and transfer these efforts to industry.


Op/Ed: Company Commitments in the Age of COVID

Op/Ed: Company Commitments in the Age of COVID

By Sheila Waterhouse, BEC Communications Director I have a spreadsheet that makes me happy. I scroll through cells and columns and it warms my heart. It is a list of hope for me. We all need that these days, and oddly one of the places I find it is in this...

Faculty Profile: Emily Mower Provost

Faculty Profile: Emily Mower Provost

Mower Provost talks about getting awards, doing industry research, understanding human behavior - and Star Wars. Emily Mower Provost was recently named a 2020 Toyota Scholar Award and is one of the most fascinating faculty members we know. Her research uses machine...

Rebecca Cunningham appointed vice president for research

Rebecca Cunningham appointed vice president for research

Rebecca Cunningham, an emergency medicine physician whose research addresses critical issues ranging from firearm violence to opioid abuse, has been appointed vice president for research. Rebecca Cunningham Cunningham, who has served in an interim capacity since June...

Success Stories

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

Corporate Giving on Campus/ Success Stories

The secret advantage on campus that we want you to know about