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2017 News from the College of Engineering & Science

Jerome Neyer '61 Civil Engineering was awarded the Horace H. Rackham Humanitarian Award at the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Annual Dinner on June 21.

Dr. Utpal Dutta, Professor of Civil Engineering and Dr. Gary Kuleck, former Dean of the College of Engineering & Science received awards at the annual at the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Annual Dinner on June 21.

The ReBUILDetroit program at Detroit Mercy welcomes its third cohort of scholars for the Summer Enrichment Program today.

Junior Ben Kendell, Electrical Engineering, earned one of the highest academic accolades you can achieve in a single season as the distance runner was named to the CoSIDA Division I Cross Country/Track and Field Academic All-America® Third Team on Friday.

Witold Fuchs ’16 biochemistry will be starting a seven-week summer internship at NASA in Huntsville, AL.

Detroit Mercy was well-represented at the the 48th Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dearborn on June 6 to 9.

To those familiar with her accomplishments, it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that Nara Gonczigsuren was named this year’s undergraduate Vivere ex Missione Award winner. The honor, presented at commencement to a graduating student who best exemplifies the mission of University of Detroit Mercy, seems like a natural fit for Gonczigsuren, a biology major and leadership minor.

Dr. Miriam Faied, instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dr. Rick Hill, associate professor in Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Research in the College of Engineering & Science, presented their research findings at the 60th American Control Conference (ACC) in Seattle, WA last month.

Alex Jones and Griffin Craig presented their freshman year SEA-PHAGE research project at the 9th Annual SEA-PHAGE Symposium held on the Janelia Research Campus of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Ashburn, VA. on June 10.

The student chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Detroit Mercy inducted 4 juniors and 3 seniors earlier this year.

With an Innovation Activities Grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Chemistry undergraduates, Grace Nguyen and Justin Pothoof, interviewed senior environmental chemists on how their careers and the field of chemistry changed over the decades.

Dean Gary Kuleck announced he is seeking a new opportunity in Oregon and is leaving Detroit Mercy effective June 30.

John Maddox '96 Master of Engineering Management joins the newly formed advisory council aimed at bridging Silicon Valley to the auto industry through high-level strategic planning in the area of automotive technology.

Students in University of Detroit Mercy’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will show off their self-driving vehicle this weekend at the annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) held in Rochester, Mich., thanks in large part to two gifts to the University.

They say, “running is 90 percent mental and the rest is physical.” Detroit Mercy distance runner Ben Kendell lives by this adage, and was recently named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District for Track & Field/Cross Country, May 25.

Dr. Rachelle Belanger, associate professor of biology and her undergraduate research group on their poster presentations at the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience held at the University of Michigan on May 22.

College of Engineering & Science Dean Gary Kuleck will receive the 2017 Engineering Society of Detroit’s Distinguished Service Award from Robert Magee, ESD executive director, and the organization’s Board of Directors.

Are you looking to move up in your career, but require a graduate degree to make this happen? University of Detroit Mercy can help you make the most of your company’s tuition assistance program by offering graduate certificates and degrees designed to advance your skill set and energize your career. Through a special partnership program, employees of Automation Alley member companies may be eligible to receive a 50 percent tuition discount.

ReBUILDetroit scholars from Detroit Mercy enjoyed the Michigan Science Center’s annual gala thanks to the support of the College of Engineering & Science on May 12.

Congratulations to all of the College of Engineering & Science graduates!

Walking out of his last final, Nick Boynton checked his email to find his ideal summer job waiting for him. He was offered a position with NASA at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Oh.

The future was female at University of Detroit Mercy on Friday, as the school hosted the American Heart Association’s “Go Red Goes STEM,” a unique event that brought together young women from Detroit Public Schools with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and mentors already working in the field.

Dr. Mark Benvenuto, department chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the editor of the Sustainable Green Chemistry series published by DeGruyter Publishing.

For more than 100 years, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities, Alpha Sigma Nu, has been recognizing outstanding students who distinguish themselves through scholarship, loyalty and service. Seven students from the College of Engineering & Science were inducted, April 23.

Valedictorian Sehie Olivia Koh elected to live on her own in the United States while her family stayed in South Korea so she could attend college at University of Detroit Mercy.

Every college student wants to feel like they’ve left their mark when they graduate, but few people have the impact of Detroit Mercy valedictorian Sehie Olivia Koh. Thankfully, two of her passion projects will live on after she graduates. The Movement charity fashion show and the Boys 2 Men service project will both continue in the fall under new leadership.

If you look up the definition of the word valedictorian, you won’t see words like inspiring, caring, determined, smart, dedicated, giving, selfless or driven. But University of Detroit Mercy’s 2017 valedictorian Sehie Olivia Koh is all of those things and more. Koh has excelled in the classroom, student organizations, Residence Life, friendships, mentoring and, in her biggest passion, service and charity work.

The development of a transit solution along Woodward Avenue in Detroit has its roots in the College of Engineering & Science.

Zhe (Jay) Li, doctoral candidate in Environmental Engineering, presented at the 253rd national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Francisco, Calif., last month.

After a teaching career that spans 57 years, Detroit Mercy professor of Biology Gerard Albright, S.J., will retire at the end of this school year.

University of Detroit Mercy will hold its annual commencement ceremonies on May 12 and 13, 2017. All three commencement ceremonies will take place in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus.

Biology students earn an extra credit point while raising 600 canned goods to feed the hungry in our community this year.

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy honors one alumnus from each school and college during the Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards. This year, the 2017 Spirit Awards were held Student Center Ballroom on the McNichols Campus, April 28.

Father Albright was honored for his more than 60 years of teaching at Detroit Mercy by colleagues and students following his last Comparative Anatomy lecture on April 21.

Undergraduate students at Detroit Mercy can take advantage of small class sizes, working closely with faculty on research projects and presenting their research findings at national conferences.

Detroit Mercy students saw their hard work evolve from a simple idea to life-changing results when they presented their capstone projects to veterans at the VA Medical Center. Detroit Mercy Engineering and Nursing students, along with Lawrence Technological University students, collaborated with veterans to create projects to help the veterans in their every-day lives.

University of Detroit Mercy students saw their hard work evolve from a simple idea to life-changing results when they presented their capstone projects to veterans at the VA Medical Center on April 21.

Dr. Rachelle Belanger, associate professor of biology, was invited to present her research, “Atrazine exposure impacts chemoreception in crayfish” at Bowling Green State University on April 19.

The College of Engineering & Science was well represented at Detroit Mercy’s annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement poster session today.

ReBUILDetroit welcomes Leah Aggison, Ph.D. to the University of Detroit Mercy team as the Student Success Coach last month.

Freshmen ReBUILDetroit scholars and their Detroit Mercy classmates attended the Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology conference in Lansing earlier this month.

In a recently published article, Detroit Mercy faculty highlight the grand challenges of engineering in the 21st Century.

College of Engineering & Science faculty presented their findings on first-year, course based chemistry research experience at the American Chemical Society national conference in San Francisco earlier this month.

Nearly 300 students, faculty, staff and alumni attended the 85th Annual Slide Rule Dinner at the DTE Energy headquarters on April 8.

More than 150 high school students from Ladywood, Cass Tech, Melvindale and Huron Valley participated in the College of Engineering & Science’s first annual STEM X Day today.

Chemistry & Biochemistry professors hosted a symposium, "Environmental Chemistry: Undergraduate & Graduate Classroom, Laboratory & Local Community Learning Experiences," at the 253rd national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, Calif., April 2-6.

Assistant Professor of Biology Steven Chang and University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Assistant Dean for Student Services & Enrollment Management Juliette Daniels and presented at the American College Personnel Association Annual Session in Columbus, Ohio.

Congratulations to Chemistry undergraduates on presenting their research poster at the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco earlier this week.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce continues to lack diversity of women and underrepresented groups. You can make a difference!

Members of Detroit Mercy’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) spent their lunch hour with students at Gesu Elementary School designing and building contraptions to protect raw eggs from a high fall last week.

The 14 student recipients of the Sutaruk Foundation scholarship shared their appreciation to Foundation members, Tom and Olga Meyer, last week.

The College of Engineering & Science recognized more than 175 students who achieved a cumulative grade point averages (GPA) above 3.75 at the annual Honors Convocation on Sunday.

More than 500 Titans of the Class of 2021, family and friends met with professors and current students at Accepted Students Day this past weekend.

For the first time since 2011, the University of Detroit Mercy fencing program is competing at the NCAA Fencing National Championship with sophomore Algird Szumlas (Glendora, Calif.) set to go against the top collegiate foilists in the nation Thursday and Friday, March 23-24.

Timothy Korson, P.E. in civil engineering was recently hired by Gosling Czubak Engineering Services, Inc.

Danielle Maxwell, sophomore in Chemistry, strengthened her faith while working on Nazareth Farm in West Virginia during the Alternative Spring Break earlier this month.

Students Olivia Koh and Asia Rawls are looking to build on the success of last year's charity fashion show at Detroit Mercy by hosting an even bigger event this year, titled CCC The Movement.

What's it like to an engineering student at Detroit Mercy? Ride aboard the simple robot for circuits 1 class and find out.

The ReBUILDetroit program and student student success cordinator, Kathleen Walker, are featured in the article, How can we get more black women in STEM fields?, in BLAC Magazine.

The College of Engineering & Science was well represented with top winners in the 2017 Detroit Mercy Elevator Pitch competition.

Twenty companies participated in the annual Spring Career Fair in the Engineering High Bay today.

Mark Haidar '08 master's of electrical and computer engineering addressed the United Nations in New York on March 11.

Detroit’s science café, Brewing Chemistry, celebrated its 100th consecutive month of programing thanks in part to Chemistry & Biochemistry storeroom manager, Meghann Murray.

The Detroit Mercy team developing the mobility app, “GoodTurn,” connecting non-profit organizations with volunteers who can haul materials and resources is testing a prototype in advance of its release this Spring.

Arren Simpson, Biology major and ReBUILDetroit scholar at Detroit Mercy, is featured in the undergraduate research journal, Fine Focus.

Relicious Eboh, a ReBUILDetroit scholar, reflects on her recent experience presenting at the MedEq Research Conference in Detroit last month.

The College of Engineering & Science is busy reinventing and developing the classroom experience.

College students and faculty featured in Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities article, Living the Mission at University of Detroit Mercy.

The student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) at Detroit Mercy spent the weekend pouring their concrete canoe.

Environmental engineering alumnus, Bowen Chen ’16 master of environmental engineering, will be pursuing a graduate degree with a focus on water and wastewater treatment at Johns Hopkins University thanks to his Detroit Mercy experience.

Patrick Pawlowski ’13 mechanical engineering credits his undergraduate engineering experience for his early career success.

Engineering students welcome and thank Ford Motor Company for the their continued support of the Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education.

This year’s winning chili at the Homecoming Tailgate & Alumni Chili Cook-off belongs to the College of Engineering & Science.

More than 120 alumni, family and friends celebrate the graduation of the Master of Science in Product Development (MPD) and Master of Science in Engineering Management (MEM) students during at Ford Alumni Night this evening.

Theodore D. Dziurman '62 civil engineering passed away on February 14, 2017.

Kendra Evans, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, accepts appointment on the American Chemical Society (ACS) General Chemistry Examination Committee.

University of Detroit Mercy standout junior men's track and field runner and electrical engineer Ben Kendell was named the Horizon League's Runner of the Week on February 14.

Alumnus Michael Okoroafor, master in chemistry, was the youngest of four siblings growing up in eastern Nigeria.

Dr. Nihad Dukhan, professor of mechanical engineering, leaves a lasting mark on Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in Istanbul, Turkey with his artistic Arabic calligraphy.

The Detroit Mercy Chemistry Club team competed in Michigan’s 10th annual Battle of the Chemistry Clubs in East Lansing last weekend.

Engineering students at University of Detroit Mercy will benefit from one of the largest gifts ever given to the University by an alumnus.

Attorney Jennifer Dukarski ’96 mechanical engineering has been elected a shareholder at Butzel Long.

This year's recipient of the Spirit Award from the College of Engineering & Science is Charles E. Lucas, M.D. '59, Professor of Surgery, Wayne State University Medical School, College of Engineering & Science.

Students in Dr. Utpal Dutta’s Project Management and Costing (CIVE 4850) heard from an expert guest speaker in project management last week.

Engineering students are the beneficiaries of an $80,000 grant from the Sutaruk Foundation.

Engineering students are the beneficiaries of an $80,000 grant from the Sutaruk Foundation.

Besides being recognized as top “10 Under 10” alumnus of the School of Denistry, Basam Shamo ’09 Biochemistry was also nominated by his patiences for three years in a row for the Metro Parent Magazine Mom Approved Doctor.

Thirteen Detroit Cristo Rey High School seniors are taking courses through a dual enrollment program this semester.

Rami Nazarian ’13 Biology alumnus said he had a great deal of help getting to where he is and that’s why he plans to give back.

ReBUILDetroit student success coordinator, Kathleen Walker, receives Detroit Mercy’s 2016 "Commitment to Excellence Award" for her dedication to student success.

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