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.

Innovation in Action Final Showcase

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

The top five teams will pitch their ideas to address some of the world’s biggest challenges for the chance to win $10,000. Projects focus on complex issues including creating sustainable cities, support for women coping with invisible illnesses, rethinking recycled clothing, and preventing child maltreatment.

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.

Spring Student Project Exposition

April 8, 2020  Palmer Commons

School of Information share poster displays of course and co-curricular projects, internships, and research, including lightning talks and discussions on engagement possibilities for your organization.

Workplace Mental Health Conference: Aligning Corporate and Academic Approaches

April 17, 2020  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.

2020 MICDE Symposium: New Paradigms in Computing

April 9 & 10, 2020  Rackham Graduate School, 4th floor

In addition to talks by external experts who are driving new fronts in computing, the Symposium will showcase some of the game-changing research, and a workshop on Resilient Cities through Computation.

2020 Women + Data Science Symposium

April 17, 2020   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.


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...

Zero Emissions Bus Ride

It’s not common to see a double bus in Ann Arbor, certainly not one that is a battery-powered one. A group of students, faculty and staff got a chance for a very cool bus ride around campus to check out the technology and learn about potential applications at the...

Rich Strader on mobility, research, and connecting campus to Corktown

The Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan have been integrally entwined for over 100 years. Today, dozens of Ford leaders engage with U-M on a weekly basis. Rich Strader, the Vice President at Ford Mobility Platforms and Products, is one of them. Rich...

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