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Dean Gary Kuleck, Ph.D.

University of Detroit Mercy appointed Gary Kuleck, Ph.D., as the Dean of the College of Engineering & Science, effective August 2012.  Kuleck became the 9th full time Dean in the College, which was founded in 1911.

Kuleck joined the University community after three years as associate dean of Research, Graduate Studies and External Initiatives in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Prior to the position, he served for 14 years as a teacher-scholar and professor in the Department of Biology at Loyola Marymount.  As professor, his research interests have ranged from basic research in plant physiology to the distribution of antibiotic resistance bacteria and their genes in coastal wetlands in Southern California.

Kuleck has also taken part in new educational initiatives in science with an emphasis on undergraduate early participation in bioinformatics research through programs such as the Genomics Education Partnership and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education Alliance SEA PHAGES Program. He has published scholarly articles in both science and pedagogical journals in these areas.

As faculty member and associate dean, Kuleck was instrumental in developing the infrastructural components for science and engineering faculty and student participation and success in research, successfully attracting funding from the National Science Foundation, the William F. Keck Foundation and other private and public agencies. He oversaw the development of the MANE (Molecular, Analytical, Nano and Energy) Center for Laboratory Technology, and the Molecular Analysis and Imaging Laboratory (MIM Lab), sponsored by awards from the Air Force Office for Sponsored Research and the W.F. Keck Foundation, respectively. The Center provided cutting-edge spectroscopy, microscopy and molecular facilities for engineering and science faculty and students to pursue scholarly research and curriculum development.

Recently, Kuleck was named co- Principal Investigator in the National Institutes of Health ReBUILD Detroit Grant, a $21 million award to encourage underrepresented minority groups to perform undergraduate and graduate research in the biomedical fields as a prelude to entering into professional careers in these disciplines.  This consortium includes University of Detroit Mercy along with Wayne State University, Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College District.  In additional, he recently gained entry of the College in the HHMI SEA-:PHAGES Alliance (mentioned above) where students will enjoy a unique mentored research experience in their freshman year by isolating and characterizing new bacteriophage.  On the engineering side, Kuleck energized our alumni by presenting a bold plan to renovate and repurpose the existing auto lab teaching space to become the new Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education, for which funds are currently being raised to open this facility in 2016.

A Baltimore native, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Pennsylvania after postdoctoral appointments at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the principal in-house research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland and University of Maryland, College Park.

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