The resurgence in the U.S. auto industry has reinvigorated the high-tech companies that surround it in Michigan. In fact, one recent study found Michigan has a higher concentration of jobs in the most important tech industries than any other state, and the state boasts it has more engineers per capita than any other. Researchers at the University of Michigan are in the midst of a five-year, $6 million program along with colleagues in Illinois and Indiana to develop new methods of sustainable manufacturing and production.
- 2015 Technology & Innovation score: 176 out of 250
- Major tech firms: Compuware, Stryker, Ford, GM
- 2014 patents issued: 5,306
- 2014 Technology & Innovation rank: No. 14
Caption: A robot moves a 2015 Ford Motor Co. F150 truck on the production line at the company's Dearborn Truck Assembly facility in Michigan.