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UMCU Gift to Michigan Medicine Supports COVID-19 Needs

UMCU Gift to Michigan Medicine Supports COVID-19 Needs

On her first day working from home and settling into an uncertain and troubling few months, Nell Dority, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the Business Engagement Center, was asked to find financial support for the University of Michigan’s and Michigan...

Summer Sabbaticals Lead to New Collaborations

Summer Sabbaticals Lead to New Collaborations

Building on meaningful research collaborations over the past few years, Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan are continuing the successful Ford-University Summer Sabbatical Program in 2020. Designed to help junior faculty establish stronger industry...

Making it safer to bike alongside autonomous cars

Making it safer to bike alongside autonomous cars

Biking in Michigan presents fundamental challenges, given underserved roads and seemingly endless winter seasons. While spring brings more cyclists out in droves to enjoy the return of warmer weather, both drivers and cyclists spent the entire year dodging potholes....

Orbiting Ann Arbor: the BEC helps an alum connect and give back

Orbiting Ann Arbor: the BEC helps an alum connect and give back

Reuben Sorensen is excited to be here. The timing could be better, since COVID-19 has his team working from home, but he’s still bounding through 2020 at the speed of light, a fitting thing for a satellite technology company. Sorensen is back in Ann Arbor with the...

CS student research and industry connections hit home – from home.

CS student research and industry connections hit home – from home.

The group picture looked different at this year’s Explore Computer Science Research poster presentation and industry panel. Rada Mihalcea, the Janice M. Jenkins Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and co-leader of U-M’s Girls Encoded program which...

The Opportunity is all yours

The Opportunity is all yours

LSA’s Opportunity Hub offers companies a creative approach to student engagement and recruiting   The Opportunity Hub at U-M’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts has been a fascinating young program to watch develop. What began as student internship...

deBedout helps U-M aerospace students soar

deBedout helps U-M aerospace students soar

Collins Aerospace, a division of United Technologies, is on campus a lot these days. With a five-year Master Research Agreement at the College of Engineering, the company is pursuing research partnerships with U-M faculty in a variety of departments. While faculty...

The secret advantage on campus that we want you to know about

The secret advantage on campus that we want you to know about

Companies often ask us for ways to find a competitive advantage in recruiting U-M students. While our advice is tailored to the needs and priorities of the company, some of our general advice is for companies to brand themselves to specific student "customer segments"...

Corporate Partner Profile: Dave Harwood, DTE Energy

Corporate Partner Profile: Dave Harwood, DTE Energy

DTE Energy is one of U-M’s closest corporate partnerships. Our executive champion and alum, Dave Harwood, works tirelessly to build a deep, strong, mutually beneficial relationship with the university. And sometimes he comes to campus to join the band and teach a...

Ford Day @ U-M

Ford Day @ U-M

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.Events and activities were held at the College of...

Toyota inspires Wolverine Pathways interns

Toyota inspires Wolverine Pathways interns

On a gorgeous Friday afternoon in the peak of Michigan vacation season, a group of high school students weren’t at the beach or at home playing video games, they were hard at work in a corporate conference room at Toyota Research & Development’s Ann Arbor...

It’s a Match: PNC Foundation and the Ginsberg Center

It’s a Match: PNC Foundation and the Ginsberg Center

A matchmaking mechanism identifying connections between U-M resources and community needs gets funding from a like-minded organization to maximize local impact.   Nonprofit organizations play an important role in helping to address a host of related challenges...

3D Modeling Representations, David Fouhey, TRI and a Cat

3D Modeling Representations, David Fouhey, TRI and a Cat

David Fouhey wants your computer to be as smart as your cat. He’s working pretty hard to make it happen, and he’s got a big group of U-M students on board in his Computer Vision class in the College of Engineering and some great research collaborations to help make...

Language isn’t just business as usual at local startup realLINGUA

Language isn’t just business as usual at local startup realLINGUA

By Tess Postema From language professor to tech company founder If you’ve ever studied a foreign language, a persistent challenge quickly emerges:  How to apply what you learn in the classroom - from conjugation exercises to endless vocabulary lists - to real-life...

U-M Students Mapping Ann Arbor Art

U-M Students Mapping Ann Arbor Art

Every summer, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs draw artists and art aficionados from around the world to town. While this group descends upon and subsequently leaves town, still here after the crowds disperse is a vibrant and very visible art community in Ann Arbor. Students...

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Did you know Stella Wixom plays golf?

Did you know Stella Wixom plays golf?

As we all work remotely and engage with faculty, corporate partners and our colleagues in new ways, we still need connections with each other. We need community in times when we can’t be together. All the more reason to continue the BEC Staff Profile series, and what...

U-M Student Awarded Ford Alan Mulally Scholarship

University of Michigan student Alex Thayer is one of ten national recipients of the annual Alan Mullaly Scholarship. Named after former the Ford Motor Company CEO, the scholarship is funded by the Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund in his honor. Thayer...

Amazon makes corporate gift to U-M philanthropic venture fund

Amazon makes corporate gift to U-M philanthropic venture fund

June 23, 2020 Contact: Jeff Karoub jkaroub@umich.edu Amazon is contributing $200,000 to the Accelerate Blue Fund, a University of Michigan philanthropic venture fund—representing the first corporate gift received by the fund that aims to help develop and commercialize...

U-M industry partners are helping lead the way through crisis

U-M industry partners are helping lead the way through crisis

By Stella Wixom, Senior Executive Director Our team at the University of Michigan Business Engagement Center was founded over 12 years ago to create a centralized place for companies to access the university. We work tirelessly to match priorities of individual...

Op/Ed: Company Commitments in the Age of COVID

Op/Ed: Company Commitments in the Age of COVID

By Sheila Waterhouse, BEC Communications Director I have a spreadsheet that makes me happy. I scroll through cells and columns and it warms my heart. It is a list of hope for me. We all need that these days, and oddly one of the places I find it is in this...

Faculty Profile: Emily Mower Provost

Faculty Profile: Emily Mower Provost

Mower Provost talks about getting awards, doing industry research, understanding human behavior - and Star Wars. Emily Mower Provost recently received the 2020 Toyota Faculty Scholar Award and is one of the most fascinating faculty members we know. Her research uses...

Rebecca Cunningham appointed vice president for research

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

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...

U-M Students Engaged in DTE Energy Contest

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

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...

APPLE/U-M HEARING STUDY TO FOCUS ON SOUND EXPOSURE IN DAILY LIFE

APPLE/U-M HEARING STUDY TO FOCUS ON SOUND EXPOSURE IN DAILY LIFE

Contact: Nardy Baeza Bickel, 734-763-0368, nbbickel@umich.edu ANN ARBOR—Noise exposure has often been associated with occupational activities that lead to hearing loss: the banging noises at construction sites, airplanes lifting off at airports, loud machines in...

Spotlight on Kelly Sexton

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 -...