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Amazon fulfills student experience

Can you really have too much of a good thing? Amazon may not think so, at least when it comes to working with the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. The behemoth online company previously dabbled with a project or two with the program, until they saw the kind of...

Bosch Embeds Themselves in Class

It is rare on campus for industry to get involved in the academic experience of an individual class, but in the case of Robert Bosch, doing so provides the real-world access needed to give the students in Mark Brehob’s Advanced Embedded Systems Design course the...

Seeing Your Ideas in Action

Since 2013, over 70 University of Michigan students on multidisciplinary teams have worked on pressing manufacturing issues at Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS). Doing so has filled an important role for the company – and for the students – in solving critical...

U-M Students Shaping Performance

Connecting with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor can be a daunting prospect, given its size, breadth and decentralized nature. Shape Corp., a full service, tier-one automotive supplier in Grand Haven, was unfazed by the prospect. Visit campus, leave with new...

Home is Where the Research is

How important is the shape of the bottle when selecting a dishwashing detergent? "Not that important," shares a grandmother with arthritis, and yet the way she holds the bottle, her heart rate, skin response and facial expression tell a very different story. How do we...

University breaks ground on new Ford Robotics Building

Robots developed at facility will address range of societal needs By Nicole Casal Moore Michigan News Starting in early 2020, robots will drive, walk, fly and help rehabilitate or enhance human function in the $75-million Ford Motor Company Robotics Building at the...

Out of the Frying Pan, into the Autonomous Vehicle

PNC Bank Sponsors Sanger Leadership Crisis Challenge for Third Year in a Row By Tess Postema Where can you find the top executive officers of successful companies, from Shinola to Sprint, from Vox Media to Blackstone, in the same space as hundreds of university...

Celebrating knowledge and a long term partnership

Every spring, tucked away on the edge of campus in an historic building, a meaningful ceremony takes place. Around ten newly minted Ph.D. alumni return to campus – from all over the world – to speak about their dissertation research to a small group of faculty...

Flying Cars are Coming

by Sheila Waterhouse  March 13, 2018 In an old airport on the north side of Detroit, the Detroit Aircraft Corporation is quietly engineering a revolution. Jon Rimanelli is doing so with industry-shifting ideas, existing technology and a really old company.  The new...

From lasers to kabuki art: IMRA America and U-M

What does an iPhone have in common with nineteenth century Japanese theater? The block M, of course. For IMRA America, Inc., an ultrafast laser company founded in 1990, everything seems to circle back to the University of Michigan. In fact, IMRA America was founded in...

Deloitte Foundation matching gifts develop future leaders

Alumni support and corporate investment are both typically important to the financial and operational success of most of today’s universities. When they work in conjunction, fueled by a shared passion, the results can be transformative. That’s what happened when...

Arts + Community + Companies

Corporate support makes significant local impact through UMS’s K-12 arts education programming. UMS — the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan — is widely recognized as a global leading arts presenter with a long and storied history of...

Energizing Company

Finding ways to wrap your head around climate issues can be a challenge faced by researchers, non-profit organizations, policy makers, and corporations alike. Seven teams of students tried to distill some of these complexities by competing in the Energy + Contest...

One gift, a dozen students, and lot of thanks

Lunch at the annual program review of the research projects between U-M and Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is often a networking affair. That was the case this year, but this lunch offered a more meaningful opportunity for many who attended. U-M students in two...

BEC reports record corporate research expenditures in FY 2017

Corporate expenditures on existing University of Michigan research rose to $100.8 million in the past fiscal year. The U-M Business Engagement Center reported that total corporate investment in U-M — research expenditures coupled with philanthropic contributions —...

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Welcome Amy Bellas to the BEC!

The Business Engagement Center is pleased to welcome Amy Bellas to our team and back to the University of Michigan. Amy's 20 years of industry and university experience will help her to facilitate relationships between corporations and faculty. She is responsible for...

Aptiv supports multiple student organizations with $40,000 gift

On campus last week, Aptiv representatives brought a check for their 2018 gift to support U-M students at the annual Scholarship Fellowship Luncheon. Aptiv's gift supports a variety of teams and student organizations as well as the College of Engineering's Career...

LSA’s Thomas Baird named next vice president for development

Thomas A. Baird, a longtime University of Michigan fundraiser, has been named the university’s next vice president for development. His appointment was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents. Baird, a U-M graduate and resident of Ann Arbor, has spent the last three...

Deloitte matches alumni giving and makes an impact at Ross

U-M alumni gifts make an even bigger impact when matched by their awesome employers. Deloitte personally delivered their annual matching gift to Ross Dean Scott DeRue. Thank you for helping U-M raise $5 billion in the Victors for Michigan campaign!

11th Annual University Research Corridor (URC) Economic Report (2018)

Michigan’s University Research Corridor, which includes U-M, contributed $18.7 billion to the state economy in 2017, an increase from $16.5 billion in 2015, according to a new report. The Anderson Economic Group also reported the URC, one of the nation’s top research...

Faculty Spotlight: Rada Mihalcea

Rada Mihalcea is a rock star professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M’s College of Engineering and a champion for the growth and retention of women in that field. She sat down to talk with us about why she loves what she does and wants other...

ExxonMobil Alums Give Back

Jeff Foutz, Upstream Global Development Manager at ExxonMobil Corporation,  traveled from Houston to Ann Arbor last week for a special presentation. A 2001 MBA alum of the Ross School of Business, Jeff didn't come for an official visit, however; he came to present the...

Positive Business Conference – May 10 & 11, 2018

Culture is a hot topic these days — and for good reason. Businesses with positive cultures enjoy larger profits, better performance, and happier employees. In addition, thriving employees are more committed and satisfied with their jobs. But how do you create this...

Amy Klinke approaches life from all angles

Our staff at the BEC are rock stars. They inspire partnerships, facilitate connections, and serve as a key portal for 1200+ companies to engage at U-M. Amy Klinke, Director at the BEC, shares a little about what makes her tick, what her goals are, and when to say...