News from the Business Engagement Center: BEC expands service

BEC Service Expansion

The UM-Dearborn Business Engagement Center has expanded its overall vision to include services that can better connect faculty and students to entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in Dearborn, Detroit and adjacent neighborhoods. The initiative will expand programming that incorporates entrepreneur and small business training that is fully integrated with university research and talent resources.

In partnership with Associate Professor of Management Studies Crystal Scott and neighborhood-based entrepreneur service organizations, the BEC will deliver entrepreneurship boot camps, next level growth workshops, student project support, talent and research grants. Enabled by the potential support of two corporate foundations, the BEC has been invited to lead pilot initiatives in two Detroit communities, with a goal to implement a comprehensive service model that engages students, faculty and other partner organizations to drive economic vitality and job-creation at the community level. This effort will further enable the university to seamlessly connect its many assets to the local business community, as well as extract benefit from partnership with a myriad of public, non-profit and private industry in all phases of growth. It also will allow faculty and students who are interested in ideation, proof-of-concept and commercialization to have an internal resource to help them build upon their innovations.

DTE Energy Internship/Co-op Placement

As a strategic partner of UM-Dearborn, DTE Energy has collaborated on a vast array of initiatives related to research, professional development and recruitment opportunities. Most recently, the company expressed an increasing need for additional interns during the winter semester. In partnership with UM-Dearborn co-op and experiential learning offices in CECS, COB and CASL, the BEC was able to post open internship positions and facilitate opportunities for DTE executives to engage in recruitment activities with students. These efforts resulted in a record-setting cohort of 40 internship/co-op placements for the 2017 Winter semester. A deep commitment and understanding of our shared goals continues to yield positive benefits for each organization and serves as the catalyst for future opportunities of increased engagement.

Events and Corporate Engagement

Quicken Loans Talent Engagement Tour – February 3

The Business Engagement Center and Office of Career Services hosted a tour for University of Michigan-Dearborn students at the Quicken Loans headquarters in downtown Detroit. Firmly established as one of Detroit’s top 25 employers and top 3 largest mortgage lenders in the United States, Quicken Loans draws broad interest from students majoring in finance to liberal arts. The company welcomed 46 students from all four colleges to learn more about employment opportunities, tour the company and have lunch on site. Quicken Loan’s recruitment messaging illustrates the company’s talent needs from a diverse set of key competencies and disciplines.

UM-Dearborn BEC Hosts “60 Minutes to Success” program at Automation Alley – March 7

Representatives from the BEC, in partnership with Automation Alley, hosted an informational session for 23 area small businesses on grant programs offered by the university through their affiliation with the Michigan Corporate Relations Network. Participants in the session were introduced to matching grant funds available for STEM-based UM-Dearborn student internships, as well as funding opportunities for applied faculty research. As a result, TechStak and Innovative Engineered Solutions have applied for matching grants to hire UM-Dearborn students from the College of Business and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

MAHLE Wind Tunnel Student Tour – March 24

MAHLE invited UM-Dearborn engineering students to tour their wind tunnel in Troy, Mich. The tour began with a young professionals networking group, followed by a tour of the wind tunnel, lunch and a presentation from GM Program Manager and UM-Dearborn alumnus Bradley Moore.

Upcoming Events

JTEKT Technical Center Student Tour – April 7

JTEKT North America invites UM-Dearborn Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students to tour their Technical Center in Plymouth, Mich. The tour will begin with opening comments and an introduction to JTEKT, followed by a tour, lunch and presentations from JTEKT engineers. Juniors or seniors majoring in mechanical or electrical engineering with a 3.0 GPA or better with citizenship or permanent visa status may register for the event by Wednesday, April 5.

2nd Annual Finance Forum – April 7

On Friday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the College of Business’s Internship Career Management Center will host its 2nd Annual Finance Forum. The event will highlight the many opportunities and career tracks available to students attaining a degree in finance. There will be an opportunity for students to network with experts, attend a panel discussion, and participate in a Q&A session. To learn more about this event visit the ICMC events page.

DTE Energy Faculty Matchmaker – May 8th

DTE Energy will host a faculty matchmaker event to initiate potential applied research partnerships, faculty internships or other collaborations.

The areas of focus for the matchmaker include:

  1. Electric power (e.g. fossil generation, thermal systems, process piping, pipelines, etc.
  2. Electrical transmission (e.g. wires, transformers, distribution, power quality)
  3. Nuclear
  4. Gas (e.g. compression piping, distribution and storage)
  5. Engineering project management

Interested faculty should contact BECDearborn@umd.umich.edu by April 1.

Philanthropy Update

The BEC has averaged over $45,000 in monthly gifts from corporations in FY17. Collectively, BEC staff members conduct more than 25 monthly meetings with small businesses and corporations. These connections facilitate increased opportunities for student and faculty engagement, such as 4-5 monthly events with companies on topics related to internship/co-op, employment, research opportunities and more.

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