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2018 News from the College of Engineering & Science

Ed Potoczak, electrical engineering alumnus, brings more than 30 years of experience to E.M.M.A. International as director of sales.

Earlier this month, the College of Engineering & Science launched four student initiatives seeking financial support from friends and alumni.

Detroit Mercy will host a friendly but competitive Mathematics Competition for high school students to test their problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge April 14. But until then, high school students have a chance to gain invaluable practice at solving math problems each month through the monthly web puzzles.

Dr. Ioannis Souldatos, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, presented two logic seminars and had a paper published earlier this month.

Two ReBUILDetroit scholars, Vanessa Lee and Relicious Eboh, from the University of Detroit Mercy attended and presented at the National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard University in January.

The publisher for Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta's book, Set Theory, ISBN 978-1-4614-8853-8, reports it was downloaded more than 70,000.

Detroit Mercy is in the midst of a $100-million investment campaign towards building a boundless future. Alumni from the College of Engineering & Science continue to generously support student scholarships, academic programs, faculty research and state-of-the-art facilities.

Dr. Chaomin Luo, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, presented UAV Coverage Path Planning Algorithm for Bridge Detection and A Multiobjective Genetic Algorithm based Hybrid Recommendation Approach at the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence Conference (IEEE SSCI 2017) in Hawaii, November 27 to December 1, 2017.

Nearly four years ago, the ReBUILDetroit consortium consisting of the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University received a $21.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to transform undergraduate education. We asked scholars to tell us what ReBUILDetroit is, why they are involved in the program and why someone should become a scholar.

The College of Engineering & Science honored the graduates of the Master of Science in Product Development (MPD) and Master of Science in Engineering Management (MEM) during the Ford Alumni Night at Calihan Hall on February 2.

For one month beginning on Monday, February 5, the College of Engineering & Science will be seeking your financial support for 4 student projects.

The American Chemical Society's Education Division recently formed a new group committed to mentoring, training and developing new faculty in the discipline of chemistry. Dr. Matthew Mio, professor of chemistry, was appointed to this national committee.

The third-place team from Trinity Lutheran School, Team 2, Utica, at the Future Cities Michigan regional competition earlier this month thanks University of Detroit Mercy for its participation and judging earlier this month.

The new iNSPIRE Laboratory in Chemistry and Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education spaces are featured in an article published this week, "New Spaces at the University of Detroit Mercy That Inspire Undergraduate Research and Innovation," by Dr. Elizabether S. Roberts-Kirchhoff, Dr. Shuvra Das and Dr. Gary A. Kuleck in SPUR, Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, volume 1, number 2, Winter 2017.

Former biology student, Neena Baghaie, recently had an article, "White coat syndrome: the medicine, the myth, the legend" published in Contour magazine, volume 2, number 1, 2018.

Dr. Mark Benvenuto, professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry, along with Dr. Matthew Mio, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, co-authored a two-volume work, Building and Maintaining Award-Winning ACS Student Member Chapters'. The volumes are titled, "Holistic Viewpoints" and "Specific Program Areas" and available through the American Chemical Society.

Three Detroit Mercy faculty were among the judges for the Michigan regional Future City competition held in Novi on January 22.

Attending a small university has many advantages. As an undergraduate you are able to join a faculty research laboratory and perhaps present your research at national conferences. Saamera Awali, Houda Khalil and Lauren May along with Dr. Rachelle Belanger associate professor of biology, presented research at Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference in San Francisco, CA earlier this month.

Dr. Natalie Datien '13 BS and DDS, graduate of the seven-year biology/DDS program was recently named as "10 Under 10" by University of Detroit Mercy's School of Dentistry.

The mathematics department is excited to announce two competitions for high school students to expand their knowledge about mathematics.

Dr. Nihad Dukhan, professor of mechanical engineering, delivered a keynote speech, “On the Use of Metal Foam as Flow Field in Fuel Cells," at the International Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey, December 19-21, 2017.

University of Detroit Mercy announces the 2018 Spirit Awards recipients. From the College of Engineering & Science, Randal T. Murphy, ‘59 is being honored with an alumni achievement award on April 27.

University of Detroit Mercy proudly sponsored the Pearl SMART Network event, Science, Mathematics, Art, Reading, and Technology (SMART) Day for girls 8 to 18 this past weekend.

In the chemistry classroom of the future, professors will be able to draw in 3-dimensional space right in front of the class and manipulate it for all to see. But now, professors like Dr. Mathew Mio rely on a new learning tool from Alchemie.

Mathematics courses at Detroit Mercy are more than abstract computations. Students apply their classroom lessons while working on a research project in Dr. Kathy Zhong’s Probability and Statistics for engineering and science students.

Justin Pothoof, chemistry senior and Chemistry Club president, returned to his hometown, Coldwater, to share his experience from the United Nations World Climate Change Conference with the Coldwater Early Bird Exchange Club last week.

Jennifer Dukarski ’96 ‘10 mechanical engineering and law, Butzel Long attorney and shareholder, as attained the distinction of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior member status, the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply.

Bianca Jones, biochemistry major at University of Detroit Mercy, spent her ReBUILDetroit summer research experience as part of an international, interdisciplinary team focusing on the global challenges of health research at Aarhus University in Denmark.

A recent article about the ReBUILDetroit experience is featured on the BMC Proceedings homepage.

Associate professors of Biology, Dr. Stephanie Conant and Dr. Jacob Kagey along with School of Dentistry assistant professor Dr. Joshua Thomson are among the co-authors of an article appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

More than fifteen ReBUILDetroit scholars attended in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) which is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in November. Two of the scholars were recognized for their outstanding presentations in the categories: cancer biology and physiology.

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