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Industry Engagement

Collaborations with industry are a cornerstone of our mission, providing enhanced learning opportunities and critical research challenges for our students and faculty.

Business Engagement Center

The Business Engagement Center (BEC) provides industry with a gateway to the U-M’s vast resources, talent, and expertise. Through the BEC and partner offices in the College of Engineering, the Medical School, and on the Dearborn and Flint campuses, the center works closely to integrate the resources of the entire university community and to assure a welcoming, user-friendly path for prospective partners.

These engagements typically include:

Among the many new tools for industry is the BEC’s quarterly electronic newsletter, MbusinessLink. The award-winning publication features stories about resources, U-M student talent, research, and opportunities for engagement as told by the businesses that partner with the university on a daily basis.

“The creation of the BEC three years ago was a milestone in developing focused and efficient collaborations with industry. Since its inception, the BEC has opened the university’s doors to over 500 new businesses and is on pace to host over 1,000 corporate visits in the coming year.”

Daryl Weinert | Executive Director, BEC

Research Development and Administration

Industry research programs are coordinated by the Division of Research Development and Administration (DRDA). This unit ensures smooth, productive engagements with industry partners by providing comprehensive proposal development and award services, and contract negotiation.

“Industry research collaborations take many forms around the U-M campus, from direct sponsorship to work organized as consortia with other industry and governmental partners. These relationships provide vital connections for our faculty and students as they tackle the most pressing societal challenges.”

Marvin Parnes | Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director of Research Administration

Through its hub and spoke design, the BEC provides companies like ExxonMobil (Nelson Quimm is shown here meeting with BEC relationship manager Stella Wixom) with a central access point to multiple
university resources.

*Includes either company visits to campus involving U-M personnel beyond BEC staff, or visits to a company.
**Interactions with businesses not previously engaged with the BEC.