Success Stories

Past Success Stories

A successful partnership with the University of Notre Dame can take many forms. Most importantly, in Corporate Relations we start by asking the question of where is the return on investment for our business partners. Some companies are interested in tapping in the talented workforce pool of undergraduate and graduate students, while others are interested in finding research synergies that will prove profitable in the market. Many corporations and corporate foundations have successfully partnered with Notre Dame in serving those less fortunate than us both nationally and internationally. Whatever the case may be, let our Corporate Relations team connect you to campus for a mutually beneficial partnership opportunity.


In a data-driven economy, industry leaders rely increasingly on skilled professionals who can see the significance in data and use it to solve business challenges, create new opportunities and shape change. With a growing need for skilled data scientists, the University of Notre Dame, in collaboration with AT&T, has announced its new online master of science degree with a specialization in data science. Offered by the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, with the collaboration of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Mendoza College of Business and the Department of Psychology, this degree program will prepare graduates for careers as data scientists in a wide range of industry fields fields including management, marketing, information technology, government policy, health care, finance, education and scientific research.

The 21-month degree program, offered at half-time pace to fit the schedule of working professionals, features the flexibility of online learning, small classes led by Notre Dame faculty and exclusive in-person weekend immersions with faculty, industry experts and thought leaders at Notre Dame and in Silicon Valley.

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.

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 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 


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

A gift from Deloitte, a leading professional services organization with more than 50,000 professionals in nearly 90 cities throughout the United States and in India, 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.”