Research & Partnerships

Our students and faculty are hard at work, locally and globally, revitalizing southeast Michigan and changing the world.

Our professors search for a cure to cancer, explore the growing, underground economy in Detroit, and test technologies to extend the life and range of an electric car’s lithium-ion battery. UM-Dearborn faculty cross disciplinary boundaries, solving today’s problems and building roads to tomorrow’s opportunities.

These will be your partners and collaborators in research. Together, you’ll conceive and carry out projects that impact the regional and global community.

Student and Faculty Research

Both undergraduate and graduate students are able to work closely with faculty on critical, socially relevant research. Applied research is in our DNA. Our business and community partners rely on us to help generate real knowledge and real solutions. These projects allow you to get your hands and minds deep into real problems and learn through practice. 

The Office of Research helps faculty connect to extraordinary funding opportunities that enable groundbreaking projects, like a recent $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy supporting CECS faculty and students as they bring advanced automotive technologies to the public.

Through campus programs like iLabs you’ll discover opportunities to work with companies and organizations to build your skills and bring innovative ideas to life.

Strategic Partnerships

With help from our Business Engagement Center, we’ve partnered with local and national organizations to help revitalize and diversify Michigan’s economy. These partnerships allow businesses to identify faculty experts and resources on campus, while creating invaluable learning experiences for our students. You can:

  • Find an internship at nearby companies like the Big 3, DTE Energy or Campbell-Ewald.
  • Assist in major projects overseen by the National Science Foundation or Department of Defense.
  • Gain clinical experience through the Early Childhood Education Center’s inclusive partnership with the Oakwood Healthcare Center for Exceptional Families.

The Office of Metropolitan Impact helps to realize our metropolitan vision by working closely with service sector partners like Focus Hope and Southwest Solutions, as together we advance our communities and develop effective leadership.

UM-Dearborn Difference Makers

Our students are improving the lives of others and making an impact in the community. Meet more Difference Makers.

Omar Bah
The exposure and experience was a big motivator to keep working hard as the research you do can go a long way in changing or helping a lot of people within your community and the country at large.
Omar Bah, ‘19 Supply Chain Management
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