2018 News from the College of Engineering & Science

The State of Michigan’s Talent and Economic Development Department and Department of Education recently announced the first round of Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grant awardees. And University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science will play a significant role in this important new effort.

Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science, along with 146 sites throughout the world, will help kickoff the FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Detroit Mercy will host a friendly but competitive mathematics competition for high school students to test their problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in February 2019.

Thanks to a BUILD grant awarded to the University of Detroit Mercy, Dr. Grabowski and Dr. Belanger created a diabetic model that allows scholars to have an abbreviated research experience that is usually not available to undergraduate students.

Detroit Mercy will host a friendly but competitive mathematics competition for high school students to test their problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in February 2019.

University Detroit Mercy Math student wins 2nd Place Prize at STEM diversity conference.

University of Detroit Mercy faculty and staff along with high school students explored the relationship between people and their environment at the 14th annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference.

Detroit Mercy Students present and earn award at the 2018 ANACHEM/SAS Detroit Section Symposium.

Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering & Science hosts an annual symposium to highlight the research by undergraduate and graduate students.

What started off as a simple idea will soon be enjoyed by thousands of children and adults at the Michigan Science Center. Thanks to a collaboration between University of Detroit Mercy, Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund), Detroit Cristo Rey High School and the Michigan Science Center, the science behind one Earth’s most fascinating phenomena is coming to the museum, in the form of an earthquake table exhibit.

The College of Engineering & Science hosted their annual fall Engineering & Science Career & Co-op Fair October 2, 2018.

Detroit Mercy Biochemistry Student Tiffany Tieu Ngo recently earned selection as one of only eight U.S. college students to serve as a student representative at the 2018 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24).

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi is representing his fraternity Sigma Pi Phi (The Boulè) as competition coordinator for the Base 11 $1 Million Space Challenge. This Challenge works to spur the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent among U.S. students.

The Department of Chemistry unveiled a new plaque to honor John A. McLean Jr., Ph.D. during the 2nd iteration of the Dr. John A. McLean Jr. Lecture series.

Speaker Tom Castle, MBA, Director of Operations, May Mobility, Ann Arbor presents a Distinguished Lecture on Autonomous Vehicles

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the entire Detroit Mercy community came together for Celebrate Spirit! “Be the Joy” in the Fitness Center. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and friends of the University celebrated this annual event to welcome everyone to the fall semester and set our spiritual path for the year.

University of Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor of Biology — and world-renowned paleontologist — Nizar Ibrahim’s adventures in hunting for dinosaur fossils in the Sahara Desert will take center stage on Sept. 28, when he presents, “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous,” a National Geographic Live event, at The Smith Center in Las Vegas.

University of Detroit Mercy Student, Tiffany Tieu Ngo, is one of eight US students chosen to be a student representative at the Conference of Parties 24 in Poland.

Andy Wakeland, a Civil Engineering alumnus, spent the day with incoming freshmen during orientation and performed a day of service

Detroit Mercy Welcomes Incoming Class of Freshmen Engineers with Hard Hats

Detroit Mercy Engineering Faculty and Students gave five oral presentations and one poster presentation at the IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in Windsor, Ontario.

The partnership between Detroit Mercy Engineering and Ford STEAM inspires prospective female student engineers.

The point where driverless vehicles and the law intersect is nearly uncharted territory, but one University of Detroit Mercy alumna has positioned herself there to help keep an industry on the right road.

A wing of the University of Detroit Mercy Engineering Building is well on its way to becoming a living laboratory, thanks to a generous grant from DTE Energy — and a hardworking group of sophomore Engineering students.

University of Detroit Mercy graduate Christina Jones tells anyone who will listen about the school’s ReBUILDetroit program and with good reason. Jones credits ReBUILDetroit with putting her on a path to success and opening up opportunities she never thought possible.

University of Detroit Mercy is making it easier than ever to get involved in environmental issues like water quality, global warming, air quality or waste management with its accelerated Environmental Engineering master’s program.

Being selected for a Fulbright is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But for Detroit Mercy Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nihad Dukhan, it’s now a twice-in-a-lifetime experience. Dukhan, who was a Fulbright Scholar during the 2014-15 school year, was recently selected as a Fulbright Specialist this summer at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul.

University of Detroit Mercy appointed Dr. Katherine Snyder as dean of the College of Engineering & Science effective May 7, 2018. Snyder has served as the College’s interim dean since May 31, 2017. Previously, she was the associate dean of Academic Affairs of the College of Engineering & Science, a position she held since 2010.

University of Detroit Mercy held commencement ceremonies on May 11 and 12, 2018, and welcomed more than 1,500 students to the University’s alumni ranks. Congratulations to all graduates for achieving your academic goals!

Detroit Mercy engineering and nursing students joined forces with students from Lawrence Technological University and veterans over the past year to work on projects designed to ease challenges vets experience with everyday tasks due to physical disabilities.

Spend a few minutes with Detroit Mercy’s new Director of Sustainability Victor Carmona and his passion for what he does will leave you inspired. Whether Carmona is talking about his research projects in El Salvador, Mexico and Costa Rica or his thoughts on how to bring students studying different disciplines together, he will make you think in a new light.

Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering and Science and the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) recently signed a collaborative agreement to increase the number of under-represented minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Spring break provides an opportunity for students to take time away from their courses and prepare for the final weeks of the semester. For students participating in the alternative spring break retreat, it is a time for reflection and service.

Dr. Rachelle Belanger, associate professor of biology, is the 2017 recipient of the early career mentor award in biology from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Christina Jones, ReBUILDetroit scholar from the University of Detroit Mercy majoring in biology, will be conducting her summer research with Dr. Vance Berger in the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Detroit Mercy's chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon Honorary Mathematics Fraternity sponsored yesterday's Pi Day Extravaganza!

Dr. Prasad Venugopal, associate professor of physics and Dr. Mark Benvenuto, chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department, presented at the Michigan Science Teachers Association meeting in Lansing on March 2.

University of Detroit Mercy will host the Wheelchair Escalator Demonstration Event on Thursday, March 22, in the College of Engineering & Sciences High Bay from 1:30-4 p.m. Millions of Americans rely on wheelchairs or walking aids such as a cane every day. In fact, some 54 million Americans — a full 19 percent of the non-institutionalized population — suffer from a physical or cognitive disability.

Detroit Mercy's engineering co-op program is well-connected with international, national and local industry partners which helps students obtain summer co-op opportunities. One such partner, Wade Trim, offers students experience in civil and environmental engineering projects.

For the third consecutive year, the College of Engineering & Science won the annual Detroit Mercy Alumni Chili Cook-off on February 24.

More than 250 alumni and friends gathered on the McNichols Campus for the annual Titan tradition: Detroit Mercy’s Alumni Chili Cook-off, Feb. 24. Taste buds were sent into overdrive with pots of delicious chili created by representative teams of the University’s colleges/schools, as well as the Titan Club.

More than 30 industry partners lined the High Bay accepting resumes for summer interns across all engineering disciplines.

Dr. Matthew Mio, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, served as chair of the Organic Chemistry Exam Committee through the American Chemical Society (ACS) Exams Institute. This committee creates the standard ACS examination that is used in universities and colleges throughout the United States and world.

Jennifer Dukarski '96 mechanical engineering and '10 law attorney at Butzel Long in Detroit will serve on a panel during CREW Detroit's Michigan's Leading Women of Autonomous Mobility event on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Ann Arbor.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.