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.


Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment (TE3)

October 8 & 9, 2020   Virtual Event, 11:00 – 1:00

The 2020 event will examine issues related to the electrification of mobility in the United States, including technical issues related to impacts on the electric grid and behavioral issues related to the market for electric vehicles.

AI Symposium

October 30, 2020   

The symposium brings together participants from both academia and industry who are interested in the foundations or real-life applications of artificial intelligence. The program features speakers from U-M, Stanford, and Penn, along with poster sessions and research talks.

MIDAS Symposium

November 8 & 9, 2020  

Authors of Data Feminism, Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, address how feminist thinking can be operationalized to imagine more ethical and equitable data practices in their keynote speech at the MIDAS Annual Symposium. 


Great Lakes Discovery RFP open for therapeutic research proposals

Great Lakes Discovery RFP open for therapeutic research proposals

Earlier this year, U-M and Deerfield Management announced the creation of Great Lakes Discovery, a new alliance to commercialize U-M therapeutic projects that hold promise in developing potentially life-saving drugs and disease treatments.  Through Great Lakes...

Did you know Stella Wixom plays golf?

Did you know Stella Wixom plays golf?

As we all work remotely and engage with faculty, corporate partners and our colleagues in new ways, we still need connections with each other. We need community in times when we can’t be together. All the more reason to continue the BEC Staff Profile series, and what...

U-M Student Awarded Ford Alan Mulally Scholarship

University of Michigan student Alex Thayer is one of ten national recipients of the annual Alan Mullaly Scholarship. Named after former the Ford Motor Company CEO, the scholarship is funded by the Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund in his honor. Thayer...

Success Stories

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