INNOVATION & JOB NEWS

Auburn Hills’ Continental to Launch Robo-Taxi Pilot Program at Oakland University

Beginning in late August, Auburn Hills-based mobility supplier Continental, France’s EasyMile autonomous shuttle manufacturer, Oakland University, and the city of Auburn Hills will implement a pilot deployment of a driverless vehicle on the grounds of the Rochester Hills campus. The testing could last as long as six months. The pilot...

LTU Group in South Africa to Learn About Architecture with Recycled Materials

Excerpt: On Saturday, July 20, a team of two faculty members, four students and five recent alumni of Lawrence Technological University departed for South Africa on a three-week trip to design and construct maker spaces, community centers, schools and other much-needed work using materials previously considered almost worthless. Scott Shall,...

Sonic Alert in Troy: Keeping You Safe, Entertained, Aware – and Awakened

Excerpt: Lois Leoni of Sterling Heights had been looking forward to spending a girls’ getaway weekend this summer with her grown daughter at their family’s favorite vacation spot on Lake Huron. “But I was worried about my husband, Jim, being home without me,” Leoni said. “Even with hearing aids, when...

The UPS Store Helps Local Businesses Grow

Excerpt: According to Cody Pietz, the best thing about working at The UPS Store is that you never know who or what will walk through the door. “You never know what someone’s going to bring in or what you’re going to have to do,” said Pietz. “We’ve shipped car engines...

WMU Graduate, Cancer Survivor Founds The Lipstick Journey in Rochester Hills

A metro Detroit woman and Western Michigan University graduate has founded The Lipstick Journey in Rochester Hills, which offers lipstick and supports cancer prevention and treatment organizations. The Lipstick Journey was founded by Anna Warner-Mayes, a three-time cancer survivor who is currently battling stage-four cancer. The company is dedicated to...

Meritor Inc. in Troy Completes Acquisition of AxleTech

Meritor Inc. in Troy, a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has successfully completed the acquisition of Troy-based AxleTech from global investment firm The Carlyle Group. The transaction enhances Meritor’s growth platform with the addition of a complementary product portfolio, including...

AccelerateKID® Creates its First Handbook for Teachers and Educators

Since 2013, AccelerateKID®’s core mission of “Empowering Youth with Entrepreneurship and Tech Ed to become Future Innovators” has been foundational for its success and growth. Going into its fifth year and having taught over 10,000 students, AccelerateKID®’s believed it was time to share its proven instructing methodology and passion for...

Folktellers in Royal Oak Launches Corporate Storytelling Program

Royal Oak’s Folktellers has launched a new corporate storytelling program, which will offer training webinars and live workshops for companies looking to craft and communicate business narratives. “These training programs are a natural extension of the entertainment platform we’ve launched,” says Stephen Sadler, executive producer of the Folktellers Universe. “Stories...

OU’s Disability Support Services to Offer Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program This Fall

Excerpt: This fall, Oakland University’s Disability Support Services, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, will be offering a special topics course through social work, sociology and psychology that will provide an overview of disabilities — with a particular focus on autism spectrum disorders — as well...

ManagedWay in Troy Partners with Transtelco for High-Speed Data Transport to Mexico

ManagedWay in Troy, a provider of dedicated internet, cloud hosting and co-location facilities, has announced a partnership with Transtelco to strengthen networking between the United States and Mexico. Transtelco owns and operates a state-of-the-art long-haul and metropolitan resilient fiber network in Mexico, and along the southwestern U.S., with more than...

Oakland County Business Leaders Named Finalists for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Excerpt: Five Oakland County business leaders — Tom Shafer, Radha Gurusamy, Parker Stallard, Jeff Lau and David Stone — were selected as winners of the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Michigan and Northwest Ohio awards. They are among 27 finalists to represent the Michigan-Northwest Ohio region at the...

Artwork at Southfield’s Park West Gallery Incorporates 3-D Printing, Augmented Reality

Park West Gallery in Southfield Wednesday unveiled its Reveal collection, which incorporates augmented reality into works of art through an app. Tim Yanke is the first artist to design work for the new experience. Yanke teamed up with the gallery for the launch, creating a work titled “Peta Louthias.” The artwork...