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International Connections

August 10, 2015

The road to the College of Engineering & Science for Jose Gomez ’15 in Electrical & Computer Engineering began in Toluca, Mexico, about 40 miles outside Mexico City.

It is no wonder growing up in Toluca that Gomez aspired to be an engineer.  The automobile industry is an integral part of the community.  Toluca is the home to manufactures like General Motors, Chrysler and Ford.  Additionally, many T1 suppliers call Toluca home.

Gomez is a graduate of Monterrey Institute of Technology (Monterrey Tech), Toluca Campus with a degree in Mechatronics Engineering.  While at Monterrey Tech, he recalls Dr. Leo Hanifin providing an overview of the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM).  UDM and Monterrey Tech have a longstanding connection for engineering excellence.

The ‘automotive bond’ is what attracted me to UDM,” says Gomez.  “UDM engineering programs are recognized for their strengths in the automobile disciplines.” 

Gomez credits his UDM experience for landing his job as a Hardware Engineer with ZF TRW Automotive in Livonia, Michigan.  “My manager is aware of the prestige of engineering at UDM.  In fact, he also knows about the quality of education at Monterrey Tech,” says Gomez.  “This brings me great joy since I hold a degree from both institutions.” 

As for Gomez’s experience at UDM, he credits the people, class size and the city.  “My time at UDM was amazing.  I met people from around the world.  The professors got to know me because of the small class size.  This let me take advantage of their knowledge.  Detroit is a terrific city, full of culture.

To learn more about the connection between UDM and Monterrey Tech, please see:  Monterrey Tech (Mexico) contingent visits UDM.

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