News from Business & Foundation Engagement: Ford/UM Innovation Alliance, Templeton World Charity Foundation grant, Internship and Placement Data Report


Catch up on B&FE programs and events.

ISC presents to the Ford Alliance
ISC presents to the Ford Alliance
ISC Team Members Matthew Abraham and Justin Kim present during the annual meeting of the For/UM Alliance executive committee.

2018 Ford/UM Alliance Partnership

University of Michigan has a long-standing history of strategic partnership with Ford Motor Co., and the UM-Dearborn Department of Business & Foundation Engagement facilitates Ford recruitment, philanthropic support and collaborative research activities on our campus. In 2006, the Ford/UM Innovation Alliance was created to formalize the collaboration and to foster research partnerships. On Friday, June 8, the Ford/UM Alliance executive committee hosted its annual meeting to highlight successful research projects and programmatic support for both the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses.

In addition to presentations from Dean Tony England, Professor and Associate Dean Ghassan Kridli, and Professor Taehyun Shim, UM-Dearborn was pleased to feature the Intelligent Systems Club (ISC). The ISC received monetary support from Ford this year to advance each team’s efforts. Students were invited to present to Ford executives and to share the impact of that support at the meeting.

“Being allowed the opportunity to engage with Ford executives about the ISC lets our members know that Ford is interested in our work. We are grateful for Ford's deep investment in students’ professional development,” said ISC team member Justin Kim.

Ford has provided over $104M in combined philanthropic support for both campuses, impacting hundreds of thousands of students and enabling extraordinary advances in knowledge.

Templeton World Charity Foundation awards CASL faculty research

In May, Psychology Associate Professor Francine Dolins was awarded a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation. Written in partnership with Ann Serra, director of foundation and corporate philanthropy in Business & Foundation Engagement, Dolins was awarded $234,000 for her research. The grant is in support of a project titled “Primates in Virtual Space: Using Virtual Reality to Compare the Spatial Intelligence of Humans, Apes and Monkeys.”

The Templeton World Charity Foundation works to “provide scientific breakthroughs and practical tools relating to the search for meaning, purpose, and truth.”

Dolin’s work will present apes, monkeys and humans the opportunity to explore a multi-user, computer-generated world where they may forage, solve problems and interact with others. She will compare problem-solving behaviors across species and populations as our subjects strive to represent and negotiate an identical imaginary world. The project’s goal is to add insight in to our own view of intelligence and that of other species.

The College of Business Internship & Career Management Center (ICMC) Internship and Placement Data Report

The Internship & Placement Data report highlights the expansion of services for the ICMC as they continue to help students develop key skills for career readiness, and guide the facilitation of experiential learning opportunities for all College of Business students. A few topics covered in the report feature the growth of student counseling sessions, industry specific career fairs, employer relations and outreach.

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