Partner Stories


Aerospace Leadership and Innovation

Both with long records in aerospace leadership and innovation, the Boeing Company and Notre Dame have enjoyed a successful partnership based upon recruiting, research, programmatic, and student support. As a research partner of the University's Institute for Flow Physics and Control, Boeing has worked with faculty and students for more than a decade to address research and development challenges related to flow control, aero-optic systems, aero-acoustics, multi-phase flow problems, sensors, controls, and computer simulations. The signing of a new Master Sponsored Research Agreement in August 2009 was another step forward in the ongoing relationship. In addition to research, student internship, and hiring opportunities, Boeing provides more than $100,000 annually for undergraduate scholarships for women in engineering along with student group support for women and diversity in engineering.

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Deloitte makes major gift to Notre Dame to advance Ethical Leadership in Business

The University of Notre Dame has announced a gift of 10 million dollars from Deloitte, a leading professional services organization with more than 50,000 professionals in nearly 90 cities throughout the United States and in India. The gift will be used to help establish the Notre Dame/Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, a new academic center at the Mendoza College of Business that will focus on advancing ethical leadership in business, including research, thought leadership and the dissemination of practical ethics related content to the business community in the United States as well as around the world.

In making the gift, Deloitte cited Mendoza’s vision statement, Ask More of Business™, of which a chief tenet is a challenge to dare to place individual integrity at the heart of every business decision. Barry Salzberg, chief executive officer, Deloitte LLP, noted Notre Dame’s long-standing reputation and eminence in the area of character ethics and its alignment with Deloitte’s deep-rooted commitment to ethics and integrity as a key factor in the decision to collaborate with Notre Dame on this venture. “Our collective and shared values around the importance of ethical leadership in business make this a natural partnership.”

Michael E. Zychinski, chief ethics and compliance officer, Deloitte LLP, commented: “We are delighted with our collaboration with Notre Dame to develop this new ethics center. Deloitte and Notre Dame share a common vision related to character ethics and leadership development. The center will contribute to the continued development of quality ethics initiatives in the Mendoza College of Business and make a positive impact on the business community.”

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In November 2011, Sprint launched the The Notre Dame Sprint ID pack, which includes a variety of content unique to the university – such as Web cams, dining hall menus, lab finder, sports updates, calendars and campus news.

“The Sprint ID pack for Notre Dame is an important step in the evolution of Sprint ID,” said Kimberly Green-Kerr, vice president, Midwest enterprise. “Notre Dame is one of this country’s premier institutions, and having Sprint ID available for its nationwide body of fans and alumni is a big bonus for Sprint.”

The launch of the Sprint ID Notre Dame pack coincided with the Shamrock Series presented by Sprint, an annual football game featuring the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and a different opponent each year. This year, the Irish faced the Maryland Terrapins at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. This is Sprint’s second year as sponsor of the Shamrock Series.

“Sprint and Notre Dame have a substantial working relationship on many levels,” said Green-Kerr. “From athletics to research to enhanced coverage, Sprint and Notre Dame are working together as forward-thinkers in our mobile society.”

Not only is Sprint the official wireless sponsor of Notre Dame athletics, but Sprint is also a co-sponsor of a three-year study at the school’s Wireless Institute. The study tracks the wireless habits of students who volunteered for the study and determines what, if any, effects their mobile usage has on their face-to-face communication.

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The IBM relationship at Notre Dame has been a long and successful collaboration. This relationship follows much the same formula as other top partners: strong executive champions, committed recruiting teams, and alignment around specific core strengths and initiatives. The IBM relationship is based in the sponsoring of the Midwest Institute for Nano-Electronic Discovery (MIND) at Notre Dame. MIND is focused on finding the successor technology to the silicon-based computer chip and is heavily funded by a consortium of semiconductor companies led by IBM. IBM also has led innovative programs at Notre Dame to drive its employer branding. For example, Notre Dame was the lead school in the IBM Global Internship Program which last summer brought 7 Notre Dame students to Beijing to intern for eight weeks in the IBM China Research Laboratory (CRL). In addition, Notre Dame hosted the IBM Smarter Planet Comes to You conference in April of 2011. This event was a day-long IBM event which hosted 100 Notre Dame students for a scavenger hunt on campus, skills zone, and panel discussion focused on smarter cities and how future career choices will be affected by today’s global IT culture. IBM also has an executive on the Council for the Undergraduate Experience and is number one in employee matching gifts at Notre Dame.

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The Motorola Foundation and Notre Dame recently collaborated on the 2010 Mechatronic Football Competition. The Fighting iBots Blue & Gold game has become a Notre Dame springtime tradition coinciding with Fighting Irish football team’s Blue & Gold Game. This year's competition, sponsored by the Motorola Foundation, saw another round of spirited action and demonstrated important design considerations, teamwork, and strategy, while offering engineering students an opportunity to address real-life engineering challenges, such as robust design and control systems.

The Motorola Foundation (through an "Innovation Generation Grant") also sponsored a Notre Dame competition in mobile application development.  Mobile solutions for challenges in energy, environment and sustainability was the theme of the first "Mobilize Your Ideas!" contest, organized by the Wireless Institute, in collaboration with the Notre Dame Energy Center and the Academic Technologies Lab, all at Notre Dame. University students, staff, faculty and alumni were invited to design and implement innovative solutions using mobile technologies. Almost 50 participants registered for this event, ultimately leading to seven application finalists competing using platforms such as iPhones, Android smartphones and tablets.

The Motorola Foundation's goal is to engage students in a corporate-led initiative to cultivate widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through educational programs, community activities and hands-on competitions, well aligned with Notre Dame's mission.

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General Electric

GE has been highly engaged with the University for decades. As a result, over 900 Notre Dame alumni now work for the corporation. The GE recruiting team has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the University over the years, recruiting students from every college and multiple majors including MBA recruiting in finance. The annual GE New Hire Dinner takes place in the spring and honors all summer interns, new hires, and recruiting team members. This event also offers an opportunity to maintain relationships with campus administrators, deans, and faculty.  Even during difficult economic times, GE has increased its hiring at Notre Dame. For example, in 2010, GE’s total new hires and interns approached 80 Notre Dame students.

Beyond hiring, the NBC Sports and Notre Dame Athletics partnership has been a successful collaboration that’s resulted in great exposure for Notre Dame, exclusive programming for NBC, and scholarship revenue for the University.

In addition, GE executives—CEO, CFO, and Chief Diversity Officer—have participated in numerous campus visits, lectures, and awards ceremonies, including the Hesburgh Ethics Award, Notre Dame Diversity Conference Keynote Lecture, Notre Dame Forum, Notre Dame Commencement Address, and GE LIVE Event.

In terms of Innovation, decades of cutting-edge aerospace research in the Hessert Wind Tunnels at Notre Dame resulted in the development of novel turbine engine blade designs. More recently, Notre Dame and GE have collaborated on energy efficient CO2 capture technology and smart-grid energy infrastructure using wireless technology. GE is a leading matching gift employer, and also donated solar panels for the roof of the University’s new Stinson-Remick Hall.

Most recently, in a course entitled, MBAs on the Frontlines, Notre Dame students have collaborated with GE leaders in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Philippines to study how the dynamism of business can be harnessed to heal divisions in post-conflict environments. It’s hopeful that these collaborations will lead to greater research studies and partnership in the future.

GE also has placed executives on the Business Advisory Council and the Graduate Studies and Research Advisory Council.

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Xerox Perspective: Xerox: Our partnership with Notre DameRead the full case study (459KB PDF).

Since 2003 we've been the team behind the team for one of the most recognized and respected universities in the world: Notre Dame. What does this mean for us, our customers, and the University?

When Notre Dame realized it needed to improve its student print processes and better manage information, it consulted Xerox for a solution. We monitored student printing to determine the best solution for the job. Then we installed multiple “print clusters” around campus, using Xerox Phaser™ printers and Pharos Uniprint® network software. For cost containment, each student received a reasonable print quota each semester. If they went beyond the quota, they were able to pay for prints out of pocket.

The networked solution was so successful that Notre Dame expanded the print clusters to residence halls. Now students don’t need to leave their dorms to print.

Many of the new printers feature automatic duplexing, allowing students to print on both sides of a page. Shortly after installing the networked print cluster solution, the university saw a 60% reduction in paper waste, and reduced its spending on paper and supplies by 20%.

After improving the student print process, we took a closer look at Notre Dame’s programs. We saw that the College of Engineering was trying to increase and retain women. Through the Xerox Foundation, we began providing scholarships on an annual basis. Read about one recipient of the Xerox Foundation scholarship (377KB PDF).

We also set up recruitment activities at Notre Dame. Through the University’s career center, we post job and internship opportunities, recruiting both engineering and business students.

Another example of our longtime support of the Fighting Irish is our involvement in promotional activities, including:

  • Television ads, print advertising, special events and corporate hospitality initiatives.
  • Speaking engagements on campus by several high-level Xerox executives.
  • Advertising and promotional opportunities at Notre Dame football, men's and women's basketball, hockey, volleyball, and baseball games.
  • Appearances by Notre Dame head football and basketball coaches at special Xerox events.
  • Football game-day activities, including the Expo Center booth featuring our exclusive photo opportunity.

ND Perspective: In 1997, Xerox had 10 copiers on campus and offered 4 Internships. Jerry Murray was identified as the campus champion and Xerox offered its first Women in Engineering Scholarship. That same year Xerox began its relationship with Athletics. By 2004, through consistent interactions with Corporate Relations, Procurement, and Athletics, Xerox was awarded a contract for the University fleet of 215 copiers and began a more concerted recruiting effort. Xerox also expanded to the Notre Dame New York City Office and landed the Print @ ND partnership. Ursula Burns, Chairman & CEO spoke at Mendoza College of Business and Xerox entered its first TEAM ND Athletic Sponsorship. In 2011, Xerox renewed their contract for the campus copier fleet for the third time and added 24 units to the campus contract and 36 units to the Athletics contract. In addition, Xerox’s Chief Engineer was appointed to Engineering Council and has initiated the process for obtaining a research grant. Xerox also entered its third contract for 5 years with TEAM ND in 2011 and debuted its national television commercial co-branding Notre Dame and Xerox