Our Staff

Companies rely on our staff to serve as knowledge managers for the university, helping drive strategic opportunities for targeted partnerships. Our relationship managers are the key to that connection.

As relationship managers, they partner with strategic contacts in corporations to find mutually beneficial collaborations between industry and the University of Michigan. They work with a specific core of companies and internal U-M schools and units.

As executive director of the Business Engagement Center, Stella oversees the campus-wide strategy for corporate interactions at the University of Michigan. Stella works as a direct liaison between the business community and the University, identifying corporate partnership opportunities and matching …

Senior Executive Director
734.615.6915

Umesh Patel is Senior Director, Business Engagement, at the University of Michigan and works closely with companies to build partnerships around the University’s research, education, and service missions. Umesh came to the University from consulting firm Accenture, where he was a Senior Manager mana …

Senior Director
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Chris joined the BEC after working for 3 years at the U-M Office of Technology Transfer. In his role at the BEC, Chris works as a direct liaison between the business community and the University, with an emphasis on health sciences. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Chris was the Vice Pre …

Senior Director
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Nell has served as a relationship manager at the Business Engagement Center (BEC) since 2010. In this capacity, she partners with strategic contacts in corporations to find mutually beneficial collaborations between industry and the University of Michigan. She previously acted as Finance Director fo …

Senior Director
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Nick works as a direct liaison between the business community and the University, identifying corporate partnership opportunities and matching University assets to industry needs. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Nick served as the communications director for the Ann Arbor Area Conventio …

Senior Director
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Amy joined the BEC team in January 2019. She has 20 years of industry leadership experience where she focused on environmental sustainability and facility management services, in addition to four years she spent working in higher education research relations. Her diverse experience allows her to uti …

Senior Director
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Amy joined the University of Michigan in 2008, where she helped found the Center for Entrepreneurship, while working with the BEC to assist small companies and startups get connected to the University of Michigan. In 2015, she joined the BEC full-time to concentrate on expanding her role to more tec …

Senior Director
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In her role as associate director at the BEC, Olga serves as a direct liaison between the business community and U-M, identifying corporate partnership opportunities in order to match University assets to industry needs. Olga came to the BEC with 16 years of experience in sales and marketing, includ …

Director
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Sheila joined the BEC in 2017 to tell compelling stories of partnerships between industry and academia at U-M. To do so, she forges connections across campus to make sure key partnerships are highlighted and manages the BEC website, social media channels, marketing materials and publications. She br …

Communications Director
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Kristina comes to the BEC with a decade of experience in Higher Education. She has worked in a variety of areas at the University of Michigan including finance, fundraising, and research. She currently uses her skillsets to manage the Business Engagement Center’s data and reporting.

Business Intelligence Analyst
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Playing an integral role at the Business Engagement Center, Christine assists Executive Director Stella Wixom, one of the Relationship Managers, and other BEC staff with corporate visits, while overseeing a major corporate research program budget and coordinating special projects and events. Christi …

Administrative Specialist
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Charmayne Wiley joined the BEC in January of 2016, providing support to the BEC staff. She comes to BEC with over 12 years of progressive industrial and higher educational administrative experience. Prior to joining the BEC, Charmayne provided executive and student support in the College of Engineer …

Administrative Assistant Intermediate
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Get in touch

If you’d like to connect with a relationship manager at the BEC, please email us at um-bec@umich.edu or use our contact form below.