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.

The Ecosystem of Additive Manufacturing

March 15, 2019  8:30-12:30

Are we now at an inflection point in the economics of manufacturing technology? Join for presentations and discussion around the additive manufacturing ecosystem and strategies for scale up .

US–Japan Automotive Conference 2.0

March 15, 2019

A gathering of  industry leaders, policymakers, and scholars from both sides of the Pacific to discuss the past, present, and future of the US and Japanese auto industries, paying particular attention to the issues of trade, management, and technological change. 

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...