March 01, 2017

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

As an undergraduate, Pawlowski interest was in entrepreneurial engineering.  The Detroit Mercy curriculum matched his career objectives.

As an undergraduate, Pawlowski worked on the Soup Spoon project which is a utensil made for people whose hands shook too much for them to eat soup.

“The engineering program put more of a focus on innovation and did a great job introducing different problem-solving techniques,” said Pawlowski. “Inside and outside of school, I started to recognize fundamental problems in daily life and opportunities of innovation and advancement of technology to solve these problems.”

“I have always been a very hands-on learner and a solution-driven person,” said Pawlowski. “Engineering students are exposed to a variety of opportunities, and the curriculum does a great job helping students develop what I would call their ‘engineering personalities’ so that when they graduate they have some sort of identity and experience to start their careers.”

Pawlowski credits his faculty mentors in mechanical engineering, Dr. Darrell Kleinke and Dr. Nassif Rayess.

“(Pawlowski) always looked at design work in terms of creating economic and societal value,” said Rayess. “He always was able to articulate his ideas in terms of the economic value that will befall his stakeholders. He exemplified what we have come to term as an entrepreneurially minded engineer.”

Pawlowski’s current entrepreneurial endeavor is making guns with a biometric trigger lock.

Read more about Pawlowski’s entrepreneurial endeavor in The Varsity News article, “Work of ’13 Alum Could Prevent Gun Tragedies Like Newton.”