University of Michigan-Dearborn

The Future of Manufacturing

Advancing the Future of Manufacturing

Some of the most sophisticated manufacturing systems in the world are found in southeastern Michigan, and today’s industries need a strong pool of well-trained and highly skilled engineers, managers, and problem-solvers.

The rapidly changing business environment created for American manufacturing by the processes of globalization mean that these businesses must seek out innovation in every area.

UM-Dearborn has focused on its ability to bring innovative ideas and practices into use as the region’s industries adapt to a changing economic context.

The engineering faculty are in the forefront as they learn:

  • How to apply the skills and technologies perfected in the auto industry to high-tech products in such areas as health care and national defense.
  • How to set standards and create vehicles that are fuel-efficient, recyclable and profitable.


Advancing the Future of Manufacturing in a Global Environment

The regional economy needs fresh thinking in the area of business design and management. To that end, the Viscogliosi Economic Leadership Seminar series at UM-Dearborn is bringing together nationally prominent scholars and industry leaders with southeastern Michigan business leaders to stimulate innovative problem solving.


In 2006, the University of Michigan-Dearborn established iLABS, the Center for Innovation Research. From organizational creativity to new venture creation to technology diffusion, iLABS helps businesses create greater value.

“At the University of Michigan-Dearborn, we believe that a university needs to be an active partner in addressing the challenges its communities face. We seek to bring the knowledge resources of the university into engagement with the needs of the people of southeastern Michigan. We aim to achieve a major impact in meeting the needs of our region’s evolving economy, environment, and culture.”

UMD The Future of Manufacturing

UM-Dearborn has gone through an extensive two-year process involving students, faculty and staff, alumni, volunteers, and community leaders to give focus to their highest and best efforts.

Together, they have produced a defining mission for this dynamic university and have created a guiding vision to see it through. UM-Dearborn defines itself as providing the academic excellence of the University of Michigan, as a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan.


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