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

Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Symposium

September 19, 2019 at NCRC

A one day event that features poster and oral presentations from PhD candidates in chemical engineering and related disciplines to enable PhD students and industry professionals to connect, share their research, and seek employment opportunities.

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. 

Spotlight on Kelly Sexton

Sexton on the changing landscape of technology commercialization, attracting VCs to the Midwest, and what's next for the business environment at U-M. When it was announced that Kelly Sexton would be joining the University of Michigan as Associate Vice President -...

Success Stories

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