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2015 News from the College of Engineering & Science

Professor and assistant dean Dr. Nassif Rayess along with Ray Okonski and mechanical engineer alumnus, Patrick Pawlowski, published “3D printing: a career path towards creative idea realization” in TechCentury, Winter 2015-2016.

Students in Dr. Steven Chang’s Anatomy and Physiology course prepare short videos showing joints and articulations in a creative way.

Students in the Introduction to Microcontrollers demonstrate their robots during the final exam this week.

The College of Engineering & Science Alumni Board partnered with the 6th grade class at Gesu Elementary School to adopt a family for Christmas.

Freshman in their first college semester have successfully identified and uniquely named the bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) they discovered.

As part of the final exam in the Genetics Laboratory course, students held a poster presentation in the high bay today.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering Dawn Archey, Chemistry Storeroom Manager Meghann Murray and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto will have their chapter, "Using models of growth in the amazon to bring...

The recent issue of KEEN’zine, a publication of The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), focuses on UDM’s commitment to teach engineering students to be intrapreneurs within established organizations.

The Chemistry Club is hosting the 3rd Annual Ultimate Liquid Nitrogen Ping Pong event at 1 pm in the Engineering High Bay on December 10.

Preparing students for a successful future begins in the first semester.

More than 100 rubber ducks were tossed from the second-floor of the high bay during the first annual “Chuck-A-Duck” competition on November 19.

UDM’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is hosting a “Smash-A-Canoe” fundraiser from noon to 2 pm on Monday, November 23.

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto’s students presented two posters at the Analytical Chemists/Society of Applied Spectroscopists meeting:

Do you need continuing education or to refresh your knowledge in a course you took while at UDM? Take advantage of the benefit offered to alumni. Auditing classes is tuition free.

Congratulations to College of Engineering & Science Dean Gary Kuleck.

Congratulations to Biology Professor James Graves and undergraduate research students Adam McDonald, Hung Nguyen and Alina Ivaniv on their presentation in Ann Arbor, October 24.

Assistant Professor of Biology Rachelle Belanger had two papers and an abstract published in the Archives of Environmental Toxicology and Contamination.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we remember all who served in the armed forces defending our freedom.

Paulina Torres, a mechanical pre-engineering freshman, receives the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation’s (DHDC) General Motors Youth Ambassador Scholarship at the Dream Makers Gala on October 29.

Dean Gary Kuleck celebrates construction commencement of the iNSPIRE Laboratory on November 4.

Freshman Chemistry students solve model-based problems while learning about environmental and climate change in the Amazon.

About 30 undergraduates attended the inaugural meeting for the student chapter of The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) today.

Two outstanding University of Detroit Mercy faculty members will receive awards at the University’s annual Faculty Recognition Dinner, Nov. 6.

Second-year Architectural Engineering student, Jesse Berndt (picture right), assisted in painting Little Free Libraries for Rx for Reading Detroit.

Landon Ball '95 in mechanical engineering establishes co-op opportunities for engineering students at his employer, Textron, Inc. in Augusta, Georgia.

Dr. Mark Benvenuto in Chemistry and Biochemistry presented "Large-Scale Industrial Chemical Processes," at the 2015 HotZone: Training for Responders by Responders conference in Houston, Texas, Oct. 23.

A 5-member undergraduate student team placed in the top third in the Autonomous Navigation challenge and the Vehicle Design and Presentation event at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) in June.

Officials from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) finalized joint agreements with five Chinese universities during a visit to China last month.

Congratulations to Dr. Prasad Venugopal, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, who presented the paper, "The Origins of the Racial Classification of Human Hair in Forensic Investigations," at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) in Albuquerque, N.M., October 10.

Alden Kane’s Development of the Wheelchair-Stroller is the 2015 winner of the People’s Choice award at the College of Engineering & Science’s Research Symposium on October 16.

Three UDM students presented the following research topics at the Wayne State University Research Day, Oct. 17.

Cary Diehl ’12 in Master of Science in Product Development is named Top Automotive Professional 35 and under by LinkedIn.

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science (E&S) presents its third annual Student Research Symposium to highlight the research of undergraduate and graduate students on Friday, Oct. 16 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. in the Engineering Building's High Bay.

Students in the College of Engineering & Science are innovating, transforming and changing the way we live through research and development.

From running in the Boston Marathon to developing patent-worthy automotive inventions to visiting art museums, Zack Bolton '07 is a young man of diverse interests, skills and talents.

The McNichols entrance will close for renovations beginning October 7.

Fulbright Scholar and professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Nihad Dukhan, believes the educational experience at UDM rivals world-class universities.

Organic Chemistry alumna, Annie Labut ‘06, credits professors and the UDM experience in shaping her career as a successful leader and chemist.

UDM’s undergraduate Engineering program is listed #98 among the country's 100 best undergraduate engineering programs, according to the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report!

The University of Detroit Mercy’s (UDM) College of Engineering & Science seeks adjunct instructors to teach engineering courses in China. There is a particular need for electrical and mechanical engineer instructors. All courses are taught in English.

Over 100 enthusiastic prospective Titans and their parents attended Visit Day on September 26.

Liz Arroyo ’14 mechanical engineering realizes her dream of being a biomedical engineer.

This summer, Alden Kane, a senior at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, under the direction of Dr. Darrell Kleinke designed and built a first prototype device that allows a paraplegic mother to easily transport her baby on her wheelchair. (See High School researcher provides mobility to paraplegic mother).

Engineering students appear in a Meet the Maker video featuring someone with a deep passion for a cause that improves Detroit.

Students enrolled in the mechanical engineering Capstone course are earning more than a letter grade this year. They are providing real-world solutions for a mother in a wheelchair with a baby.

Interested in a minor in mathematics, computer science or biology?

More than 200 students lined up for free hot dogs outside the Chemistry Building today.

The College of Engineering and Science is hosting its annual Fall Career Fair on September 22, 2015. There is still time for employers to register.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards a 5-year grant to support undergraduate education to the Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering with a Concentration in Electrical Engineering earlier this month

Dr. Jacob Kagey, assistant biology professor, is passionate about cancer research and helping others.

Engineering students engaged in community service throughout Detroit as part of the Prologues, Transitions and Viewpoints (PTV) today.

The Architectural Engineering (AE) program receives accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation commission of (ABET).

The UDM class of ‘19 descends on campus today.

Three College of Engineering & Science faculty members recognized at the President's Convocation August 17.

As part of a social media trend #ILookLikeAnEngineer, NTH Consultants, Ltd. features Mary Koeger ’14 in a story celebrating women’s accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The closing ceremony of 2015 GM Student Corp will take place at the University of Detroit Mercy on August 19.

Engineering deans of 22 Catholic University author an op-ed article following Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change appearing in U.S. News & World Report, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math today.

Last fall, students of Dr. Dawn Archey’s Elementary Functions MTH 1400 class were not aware that their assignment would be presented at a conference of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) this month.

Little did Alden Kane know that his independent research project would transform someone’s life.

What contains a powerful computer with technologies such as WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth but is relatively inaccessible? Answer: your car.

By diversifying her co-op experiences, Julie Roberts ’15 stood above the crowd in landing a staff engineer position with Gewalt-Hamilton Associates, Inc. (GHA) in Chicago.

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.

The REBUILD Detroit Summer Enrichment Program held its closing ceremony in the Student Center Ballroom, July 31.

Three UDM adjunct faculty members arrived in Beijing, China to teach classes at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) last month.

For two rising sophomores, engineering and constructing a lift for motorized wheelchairs to navigate stairs is more than a co-operative (co-op) experience. It provides freedom and accessibility to persons with disabilities.

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) R15 grant to researchers from the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University.

Eight high school teachers from the Detroit metropolitan area are learning how to teach the Computer Aided Design (CAD) program, SolidWorks, to their students this week.

Two undergraduate students and a University of Detroit Jesuit High School student are presenting at the Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (MID SURE) at Michigan State University today.

Building ground and air robots are the focus of the CATIA summer camp for high school students this week. Watch what they have accomplished.

Chemistry and Biochemistry chair, Dr. Mark Benvenuto, receives 2015 American Chemical Society Fellow Award.

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

The two-week TRANSIT program provides students currently in the 9th –11th grades the opportunity to learn about the world of transportation engineering.

The Science Technology Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) camp for girls concludes with fun lessons in chemistry and science.

College of Engineering & Science alumni Mike Faron ’72 and classmate Bob Hamilton ’72 helped welcome a handful of alumni in Chicago on June 23.

Dean Gary Kuleck welcomed a contingent from Monterrey Tech, Saltillo, in Monterrey, Mexico to the College of Engineering & Science on July 7.

Having to turn up the car radio while the air conditioning is on high may be a thing of the past as undergraduate engineering students gain hands-on measurement and design experience with a minivan’s HVAC system.

Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME) selected alumna, Katelyn Reno McCutcheon '10, as one of 30 young people under the age of 30 who have demonstrated exceptional talent and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in 2015.

Girls in 9th to 11th grade are being introduced to the exciting world of engineering, science and robotics in the summer camp, Science Technology Engineering Preview Summer camp for girls (STEPS) which began today.

Twenty scholars in the ReBUILDetroit started the Summer Enrichment Program in the College of Engineering & Science this morning.

UDM's College of Engineering & Science Summer Camp programs were mentioned in the Real Times Media article, "Unique engineering summer camp for high school students," June 23.

A University of Detroit Mercy alumnus is generously offering 11 scholarships for girls to participate in the Science Technology Engineering Preview (STEP) summer camp, July 6 to 17.

New this summer is a free camp for teachers, which will allow high school students to receive college credit.

High school students interested in transportation engineering can “gear up” their skills and knowledge by participating in the TRANSIT Smart Moves program, July 6 to 17.

Thanks to the generosity of automotive executive and alumnus, William Kozyra ’80 B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, the flooring in the high bay recently was upgraded with a new professional epoxy finish.

The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) College of Engineering and Science offers a unique summer camp for high school students interested in engineering, robots and wind turbines, July 13 to 24.

College of Engineering & Science professors Dr. Leo Hanifin and Dr. Robert Ross presented papers at the American Society for Engineering Education in Seattle, Washington last week. The conference is dedicated to all disciplines of engineering and engineering technology education.

With recent visits by engineers from Ford Motor Company and General Motors, the College of Engineering & Science enhances the student experience and provides real world experience.

Suzanne Sloat ’64 was a bit of a late bloomer. A non-traditional student, she attended University of Detroit part time while helping out her father’s business. She started a career as an elementary teacher later in life, after earning a philosophy degree from University of Detroit when she was nearly 40.

Education has always been important to Clifford Cook ’69, ’70. His parents, both educators, taught him early on that a good education has the power to change lives. It’s the old saying about teaching a man to fish, Cook said.

Members of UDM’s Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE) student chapter participated in the SAE Supermileage competition at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall, Mich., June 5.

Young people can explore academic areas in exciting programs offered this summer on University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. Participants can choose from science, technology, engineering, math, architecture and more. These programs provide enrichment for young students and give them a taste of college life at UDM.

Mechanical Engineering alumna Jennifer Dukarski ’96, ’10 was featured in the Legal News article, “IP attorney draws on automotive engineering expertise,” June 8.

E&S alumna Nicole Najor '05 discusses her experiences at UDM. While studying biology, Najor realized she wanted a future in academia, like the University professors with whom she had developed lasting friendships. Najor is currently working on post-doctoral research in cell biology.

Mechanical Engineering student A.J. Kulish was interviewed on the Belle Isle Grand Prix in The Detroit News article, "New traditions meet old at Belle Isle Grand Prix," May 30.

University of Detroit Mercy held its annual commencement ceremonies on May 8 and 9, 2015.

E&S alumnus Derrick Kuzak ’73, ’74, ’76, retired Group VP of Global Product Development for Ford Motor Company, discusses his University experience: the quality of the Engineering program, the personal attention and the focus on Catholic ethics and values. He talks about the importance of those elements in his remarkably successful professional career.

Chemistry alumna, Dr. Noreen Rossi, received the Lawrence M. Weiner Award for outstanding contributions in the School of Medicine at Wayne State University, May 9.

UDM's Nursing and Engineering students collaborated to provide assistive technologies for three disabled individuals.

Students and faculty from the departments of Civil, Architectural, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering participated in the Concrete Canoe Competition of the North Central Student Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers at the University of Toledo, April 9-11.

University of Detroit Mercy will host its 2nd annual University-wide celebration Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards on April 17, 2015. The event honors distinguished alumni from each college and school with a special award.

University of Detroit Mercy has been accepted into the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance. UDM is one of 17 universities this year joining the Alliance through the Science Education Alliance Phage Hunter’s Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES), beginning in the summer of 2015.

The College held its 83rd annual Slide Rule Dinner and Dance on March 14.

UDM students take part in Brain Day at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit and were highlighted in the Detroit Free Press article, "Holding Human Brains 'Mind Blowing' Experience In Detroit," March 21.

University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering & Science will host its 25th Annual Technology Discovery Day Event– STEM SPRING FLING on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Over 700 high school students from Metro Detroit will be participating in this year's event.

Mechanical Engineering student Nick Angelosanto was interviewed in The Detroit News article, "I-94 survivor: 'All I could see was a wall of fire,'" March 13.

Alumnus Bradley Shepler was promoted to Associate within Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc. and was recognized in the DBusiness article, "Hubbell, Roth & Clark announces 5 promotions," Feb. 23.

High school students are invited to attend University of Detroit Mercy’s “Visit Day” on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon. Events will be held in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Center Building on the University’s McNichols Campus.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Darrell Kleinke and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jonathon Weaver concluded the annual Master’s of Product Development cohort with a capstone competition in the High Bay of the Engineering Building.

Alumnus David Menczer '98 has been awarded with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery. Menczer is a ninth-grade teacher specializing in algebra at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Detroit.

Alumna Marian Zadora was mentioned in the Jan. 4 issue of the Detroit Free Press. Earning her bachelor's degree in biology, Zadora recently joined OpTech in Troy as a technical recruiter.

lumnus and Board of Advisors member for the College of Business Administration Robert Hamilton retires after a successful 40-year career. His retirement and future participation in community outreach and development were highlighted in the REJournals article, "Engineering leader retires, will be very active in community," Dec. 17.

Alumnus Jerome Hamilton has been appointed to Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Stratasys, a 3D printing and additive manufacturing company.

Alumna Yelena Simone '08 is highlighted for her sand artwork in The Windsor Star article, "The shifting sands of Yelena Simone’s art," Dec. 13.

Alumna Briana Emerson '11 was mentioned in the Dec. 28 issue of the Detroit Free Press

The College of Engineering & Science received a grant of $64,000 from the Kern Family Foundation to continue the implementation of the Kern Engineering Entrepreneurship Network (KEEN) over the next two years.

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