Michigan Ross seeks to build a better world through business. Business+Impact is the central hub for these efforts, providing ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our generation. We aim to embed impact deeply into every core activity of Ross, including teaching, research, and outreach. As such, impact is not a silo, but an integral part of the DNA of our business school.
Ross already has a strong reputation for impact, with centers and institutes focused on worldwide challenges, and one fifth of incoming students expressing an interest in impact careers. But as we go forward, in addition to our existing programs and Impact Gateway, we will pursue the creation of a new +Impact Studio for coworking, a social innovation series to disseminate impact research, and deeper engagement with Detroit.
Ian Robinson (MBA/MS ’17) is President and COO of BlueConduit, a company originally formed by Michigan Ross faculty member Eric Schwartz, with development help from the +Impact Studio. BlueConduit uses machine learning to bring clarity to lead service line inventory and replacement efforts in municipalities. Ian has strong ties to U-M: he was summer studio manager with the Center for Social Engaged Design, an Erb dual degree student of Business and Sustainability (MBA/MS), and received his BBA from Michigan Ross. We caught up with Ian after BlueConduit recently received a $3 million grant from Google.org to develop software for identifying lead service lines.