• Resilient Infrastructure - Financial Innovation - Standards and Benchmarks

    Digital Financing and Risk Analytics of Smart Systems

  • Megatrends drive Motivation

    Digital delivery of infrastructure assets and services

    Infrastructure Redefined

    Automation and digitalization have expanded infrastructure value chains to include information architecture that serves to operate, maintain, and create value-added services for resilience of the underlying intelligent asset.

    Digital Business Models

    The integration of IoT in the design, construction and operation of smart infrastructure systems, is resulting in new data-driven business and revenue models, including transformation of CAPEX to SaaS-like OPEX. projects.

    Data-Driven Financing

    Smart infrastructure can be financed beyond traditional debt and equity investments to include IoT-informed bonds, risk transfer models, data securitization, and tokenization of ESG and performance data.

  • Our Mission

    To bridge the infrastructure finance gap, and democratize access to quality of life services through digital innovations in data-driven business models and systems design, by delivering innovative educational programs, research and public/private partner projects

    The ultimate creative studio

    The innovative Zero-Gravity Hinge lets you work upright in Desktop Mode or down in Studio Mode, moving the display effortlessly with one hand. Collaborate and share work with teammates. Run professional-grade software.

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  • Master of Engineering in Smart Infrastructure Finance

    Exploring how financial technologies enable next generation affordable infrastructure delivery

    Value Proposition

    Municipal budgets are stressed, emerging economies seek efficient solutions for infrastructure buildout, demand-driven business and service models are growing, blockchain tokenization is starting to disrupt financing, and ESG integration is mainstreaming while benefitting the cost of financing.


    How is next-generation resilient infrastructure financed? What are the new revenue models? Which public-private partnership (PPP) contracts can successfully leverage digital delivery?


    This hybrid program is intended for engineering, business, policy and law students. Learn how to integrate big data analytics, financial modeling and business model testing across a wide range of infrastructure systems.


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  • Projects

    Digital delivery of infrastructure assets and services

    ESG and Green Premiums in Bond Pricing

    Summary: Building models and testing the impact of ESG disclosures and green bond issues across thematic areas and industry sectors on pricing impacts in the primary and secondary markets using statistical models.


    Sponsor: Nuveen and Conference of Great Lakes Governors


    Leads: Dan Li and Chenwu Liao

    Water Risk Pricing in Equities & Indexes

    Summary: Water is an economic production factor for corporations in all sectors. We develop operational CRM and capital markets indicators to price water risk in share price behavior and corporate financial accounting.


    Sponsor: Kurita Water Industries and Equarius Risk Analytics


    Leads: Mingyan TianIulia Mogosanu (Harvard), Tad Slawecki

    Infrastructure Asset Tokenization

    Summary: Financing is tied to understanding the performance risk of the project. Asset tokenization provides transparency, liquidity, integration of ESG metrics and engagement of retail and efficient investors.


    Sponsor: UBRI and internal


    Lead: Yifeng Tian, University of Florida

    Demand-Driven Harbor Financing

    Summary: The Nation's water-based logistics is governed by Congressional appropriation. We sought to reinventing financing mechanisms using demand-driven (infrastructure bank-type) opportunity cost funding structures.

    Sponsor: US Army Corps of Engineers


    Lead: Dennis Sugrue, PhD (currently at West Point)

    Capital Conditioning for Sustainable Agricultural Financing

    Summary: Agricultural impact on nutrient runoff and climate change is significant. Instead of government subsidies, this project develops asset pricing models to engage the capital markets to drive behavioral change.


    Sponsor: Great Lakes Protection Fund


    Lead:s: Kenneth Chung, David LeZaks (Croatan Institute), Jon Allan, Ravi Anupindi


    Financial Technology for Industrial Renewal

    Summary: The emergence of connected infrastructures requires understanding of financial network maps across the ecosystem of enterprises engaged in renewal. Multi-asset financial models (MARFs) are required.


    Sponsor: Finnish Government and Great lakes Governors


    Leads: Peter Adriaens and Antti Tahvanainen

    Business and Financing Models for Connected Vehicle Integration

    Summary: The scaled deployment of connected vehicles will require new business (revenue) and financing models under innovative data-driven P3 contracts that leverage public infrastructure assets.


    Sponsor: Ford Motor Cy and UofM


    Leads: Qiyan Liu, Andrew Richardson, Ben Shale, and Jake Uchitelle-Cohen

  • Our People

    Breadth and depth in finance, data science and infrastructure

  • UM FinTech Collaboratory

    Since 2018, the Center, along with its UM partners at the Ford School for Public Policy - Center on Finance, Law and Policy and and the Ross School of Business - FinTech Initiative have been funded by Ripple-UBRI (University Blockchain Research Initiative) to develop product innovations related to cryptocurrencies and digital payments.


    The UM FinTech Collaboratory focuses on the development of an educational, research and outreach ecosystem to build capacity and strength, and develop the digital fintech workforce of the future for a wide range of societal applications such as financial inclusion, public infrastructure funding, and supply chain management.


    Student leadership such as Blockchain at Michigan and community outreach and engagement programs such as the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneur project (DNEP) focus on peer-to-peer student training to build decentralized applications (Dapps) and finding fintech solutions for small business owners.


    B@M peer to peer training to build Dapps

    DNEP students meet with business owners

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