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Gérard Mourou receiving Nobel Prize from King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf

Laser Vision

Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland from the University of Michigan developed a technique for lasers that led to improved eye surgeries and earned the 2018 Nobel Prize for physics.
Volvo autonomous vehicle concept

Automation Revolution

For more than 100 years, people have driven cars and trucks to get to work, move freight, or enjoy a vacation. In the next few years, autonomous vehicles will be doing all of the work.
C.S. Mott speaking with child

Wheel Man

For decades, C.S. Mott was the single largest individual shareholder at General Motors Co. His agile and prudent management remain an example for the auto industry.
Ringling Bros. circus parade on Woodward Avenue

Caesar of Showmen

James A. Bailey helped create the modern circus by distilling Detroit’s spirit of innovation and promotion.
What The Future Holds

What Does The Future Hold?

As state and local businesses large and small grapple with the effects of COVID-19, we provide forecasts for 10 industry sectors, including automotive, banking, real estate, health care, and logistics.
Packard Motor Car Co.

Scientific Management

A pioneer of efficiency consulting, Frederick Winslow Taylor studied factory processes to increase productivity.
automated factory illustration

Sensory Overload

Artificial intelligence in the form of Industry 4.0, where machines are armed with sensors, can enhance every aspect of manufacturing — from the back office to the loading dock.
Ed Clark, Michael Lyons, and Francis Lyons

Atomic Father

How a Detroit boy of French heritage pioneered local radio, became a missionary priest, and gained a top-level security clearance for nuclear bomb production.
Le Mans

Speed Racer

Hollywood portrays Ford’s winning ways in a lavish new film.
cannabis plant

The Next Gold Rush?

Complexity, risk, and frustration abound as the recreational cannabis industry in Michigan moves out of the shadows.