Hundreds of students, dozens of Ford recruiters, and top leadership and engineers from the Ford Motor Company were on hand this week for the annual Ford Day on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus.

Ford executives meeting student teams they sponsor.

Events and activities were held at the College of Engineering and Ross School of Business, providing resume critiques for students, fireside talks with executives, and student team tours and presentations, among others. Ford has consistently been one of the top three recruiters for both schools.

College of Engineering dean Alec Gallimore introduces Ford CTO Ken Washington.

College of Engineering dean Alec Gallimore introduces Ford CTO Ken Washington.

Ken Washington, Chief Technology Officer at the Ford Motor Company, shared insight with students on North Campus: “The future is filled with technological challenges and we are counting on students like you to help us find the solutions. U-M students are our largest population of new recruits – we do this not because U-M is in our backyard but because of the great quality of students.” He covered far ranging subjects, from electrification to 3D printing to AI, telling the crowd, “This is just a glimpse into the engineering at Ford today. It’s a really exciting time. We are ushering in a new area of how to be mobile.” Ford leadership will be on hand in Ann Arbor in the coming months as the new Ford Robotics Building is under completion. Ford engineers will occupy the fourth floor of the building. On that topic, Washington shared, “We built the fourth floor because we feel passionate about the importance of working shoulder to shoulder with faculty and students who share the prowess of robotics research.”

Joy Falotico, President of Ford Lincoln and Ford CMO addresses Ross School of Business students.

Joy Falotico, Vice President of Lincoln and Ford CMO addresses Ross School of Business students.

Joy Falotico, Group Vice President, Lincoln & Chief Marketing Officer, spoke with different groups of Ross students. “We have had a longstanding relationship with the UofM team and have collaborated on many different types of MAP projects over the years in addition to our recruiting successes.  The automotive industry is facing significant change and disruption and, business model redesign and innovation are key areas where we can leverage the talent and energy of the students from the Ross School of Business across many functional domains.  It was great to be here on campus sharing these types of challenges and opportunities along with my leadership journey with the students at Ross.”