Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.
General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 202,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.
IMRA America, Inc., founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1990, is dedicated to the development of ultrafast fiber laser technologies for commercial applications. IMRA’s technology portfolio includes over 150 US and international patents and patent applications. The company’s pioneering technologies, rigorous quality control and high volume manufacturing operation make IMRA’s products the sound choice for scientific, OEM and industrial use. IMRA’s femtosecond fiber lasers are ideal for a host of applications ranging from ultrafast measurement instruments to industrial material processing and refractive surgery. The company’s visionary philosophy was inspired by Mr. Minoru Toyoda, honorary advisor to IMRA’s parent corporation, Aisin Seiki: “World Harmony through the Development and Sharing of Science and Technology.”
Strengthened by 70,000 Engineering alumni and countless friends, a public mission and the University’s across-the-board academic excellence—95 graduate programs in the US News top ten—we’ve stretched well beyond renowned technical leadership and superb career preparation. We’re focused on growing a creative community.
Siemens PLM Software is a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software. We help thousands of companies make great products by optimizing their lifecycle processes, from planning and development through manufacturing and support. We work closely with every one of our customers to deliver the PLM solutions they need to support the critical decisions that go into their products. These solutions are open, to give you the freedom to use and combine whatever tools and information you need. They’re complete, so they add value across the entire product lifecycle. And they’re more than just technology, because only our people can truly assure your success.
Charles (Chuck) S. Hutchins has had a consistent presence on the U of M Solar Car Team for 21 years. Accompanying the Team on every race since the running of Maize and Blue in 1993, Chuck has maintained cultural and technical continuity that has motivated generations of Wolverines working in Ann Arbor. Chuck’s experience as an engineer (BSE MEAM ’57) and as an entrepreneur (co-founder of Manufacturing Data Systems Inc.) have proved priceless in the development of our 2011 vehicle, Quantum.
Office of the Provost
In 1879, University of Michigan President James B. Angell wrote that the University should make excellence in liberal education accessible to those “whose intellectual gifts entitle them to admission to the goodly fellowship of cultivated minds.” A century and a quarter later, this commitment to excellence and accessibility continues to be a foundation of the University of Michigan. The Office of the Provost works to strengthen this foundation. Our role is to support research, teaching, and public service that pushes the frontiers of knowledge and enhances civil society. To do this, we work with UM President Mary Sue Coleman, the deans and faculty leaders of the academic units, and the larger faculty to set academic priorities and allocate funding to carry them forward. Our goal is to encourage and sustain an environment of creativity, rigor, support, and openness that aids faculty, students, and the wider community in their search for knowledge.
Exa Corporation, based in Burlington, MA, USA, develops, markets, and supports simulation software for the fluids engineering marketplace along with a full suite of engineering consulting services. Exa’s products and services enable engineers to create competitive designs, while shortening product design cycles and improving time-to-market. Exa prides itself on offering products and services that fundamentally improve and enhance engineering design processes. Exa currently employs a highly-educated team of over 150 people that is culturally diverse, with offices in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and worldwide distributors.
Office of the Vice President for Research
Office of the Vice President for Research supports and promotes the efforts of UM faculty, staff, and students to remain in the forefront of research, scholarship, and creative activity, and is responsible for policies and compliance with ethical conduct of research. The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research is to: nurture excellent research, scholarship, and creative activity by our faculty, staff and students; promote the integration of the research, education, and service missions of the university; facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise with the larger society; and promote responsibility in the conduct and administration of these activities.
IBM is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, NY. It is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with approximately 427,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world’s most advanced servers and supercomputers. Utilizing its business consulting, technology and R&D expertise, IBM helps clients become “smarter” as the planet becomes more digitally interconnected. This includes working with organizations and governments to build systems that improve traffic congestion, availability of clean water, and the health and safety of populations. IBM invests more than $6 billion a year in R&D, just completing its 18th year of patent leadership.
Roush is a leading supplier of automotive engineering, development and manufacturing services. We are the world’s largest supplier of integrated motorsports marketing services, and we manufacture and market performance vehicles, crate motors and vehicle components. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, Roush employs more than 2,000 people in over 50 locations throughout North America, Mexico, Germany and the UK.
North American International Auto Show
Detroit has hosted an auto show for over a century. For the first several decades of its existence, however, the show’s focus was strictly regional. Then, in 1987, a visionary group of auto dealers within the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) asked a bold question: Why not make the event truly international in scope? Achieving this objective within only a few years’ time, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) pursues a vision of continually redefining what it means to be an indispensable international event. To achieve this goal, the NAIAS continually introduces bold new ways to enhance attendees’ experiences and deliver exceptional value to media, industry and the public.
Saturn Electronics Corporations
Saturn Electronics Corporation, bare printed circuit board manufacturer, is a Top 30 domestic PWB Fabricator managing the nuances between Quick-Turn Prototype Boards and High-Volume PCB Production while offering industry-leading Lead Free circuit boards that meet RoHS compliance. Saturn Electronics Corporation is located in Romulus, Michigan.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of $61.2 billion. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some $6 billion in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drive and control technology, packaging technology, power tools, home appliances, security and communication systems, thermotechnology, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs 24,600 associates in more than 100 locations with consolidated sales of $10.4 billion in 2013.