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

College of Engineering and Computer Science Career & Internship Fair

February 13, 2020 .  Quad E Fairlane Center North 

UM-Dearborn students meet employers seeking to hire students, network with industry leaders, and learn about job opportunities. 

College of Engineering Spring Design Expo

April 16, 2020 Duderstadt Center

The Michigan Engineering Design Expo showcases the achievements of our students in engineering design and prototyping, and demonstrates applications of their studies that solve real-life problems. These opportunities enhance our undergraduate engineering experience and give students the edge they need to be successful professionals in today’s demanding marketplace.

Mobility as a Service:  The New Mobility Integrator Conference Registration

February 27, 2020 9-1:30  North Campus Research Complex

Mobility–as-a-Service (MaaS) represents a paradigm shift in personal transportation and the transportation industry at the same time. This half-day conference will investigate the growing Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) trend within the emerging New Mobility meta-market.  We will hear from the results of the federal government’s recent research on the topic, one of the early integrators, and some recent research on various forms of New Mobility that make up MaaS. 

2020 Women + Data Science Symposium

April 17 Michigan State University

Sponsored jointly by U-M and MSU, the symposium provides a platform for all practicing and aspiring data scientists, but especially women and gender minority participants, to discuss cutting-edge research, explore resources for research and career advancement, and network with other attendees. Everyone is welcome to contribute and attend.

Innovation in Action Final Showcase

March 16, 2020 4-6pm  Ross School of Business 

The top five Innovation in Action teams will pitch their ideas to address some of the world’s biggest challenges for the chance to win $10,000. This year students have focused on complex issues including creating sustainable cities, support for women coping with invisible illnesses, rethinking recycled and up-cycled clothing, preventing child maltreatment in Washtenaw County and so much more.

Workplace Mental Health Conference: Aligning Corporate and Academic Approaches

April 17 4250 Plymouth Road, Garden Level Auditorium

The University of Michigan’s inaugural Workplace Mental Health Conference, presented in collaboration with the Center for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, will bring key stakeholders together from academia and industry to address mental health in the workplace.

U-M Students Engaged in DTE Energy Contest

By Ann Zaniewski The University Record and Lou Blouin UM-Dearborn University of Michigan senior Morgan Provax has been researching energy policies at different universities. Soon, she’ll visit and evaluate three Ann Arbor campus buildings — George G. Brown...

Meet Umesh: He’d rather listen than talk

The British born, biscuit loving Umesh has a predilection for the BEC’s mission and the people he works with. Umesh has been a critical member of the Business Engagement Center almost since our inception. He initially served in corporate and foundation relations at...

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