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Summer program attracts international student

July 17, 2015

The two-week TRANSIT Smart Moves summer program welcomes its first international student from Turkey.

Bora UzaslanBora Uzaslan from Bursa in northwest Turkey loves the TRANSIT program at the College of Engineering & Science.  After learning about the program from his mother that it was in Detroit, he was excited because of the region’s rich automotive engineering history. 

International educational experience is not new to Uzaslan.  Earlier this year, he attended a robotics competition in New York City.

Pam Todd, director of pre-college programs, is astonished that Uzaslan traveled to Detroit for this program.  “We have an excellent summer program for high school students interested in engineering,” says Todd.  “An international student adds another dimension to the classroom experience that we has not happened before.  We are thrilled he is here.”

The program provides balance between learning, hands-on experimentation and physical activity.  Uzaslan enjoys the individual attention the program provides and the comradery of fellow students and teachers.  He is also appreciative of his host family’s swimming pool.

In speaking with Dean Gary Kuleck, Uzaslan says, “I didn’t realize there are many possibilities for a joint career in science and engineering.  I like the University of Detroit Mercy because it is connected with so many companies where I could gain hands-on experience.”

As for Uzaslan’s future education he says, “If I can go here, I would really like to.”

The TRANSIT Smart Moves summer program is two week summer commuter camp for high school students, currently in the 9th-12th grades, who want to learn about the world of transportation engineering.

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