Great Things at UDM
Great Things at the College of Engineering & Science
Engineering Program Ranked in U.S. News & World Report
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!
Consortium Initiates NIH-sponsored Program to Support Students in Biomedical Fields
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $21.2 million over five years to a consortium of University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University to implement a program encouraging more undergraduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research.
2015 REBUILD Detroit scholars
The initiative began this summer with a four-week enrichment program, which assisted students in developing academic skills to succeed in college. Student scholars from University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University participated in sessions at their home institutions while coming together weekly for discussion and collaborative activities.
See the rebuildetroit.org site.
Architectural Engineering Program Receives Accreditation
The Architectural Engineering (AE) program received accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation commission of (ABET). Architectural Engineering is a vital field to create sustainable buildings.
Students work on real-world projects beginning in their freshman year, providing needed engineering assistance to Detroit non-profit organizations. In upper class classes, students design energy efficient buildings that are healthy places to live and work. The AE program is unique since students are required to complete one year of paid co-operative education job placement before graduation.
Biology Department to Participate in National Phage Genomics Research Project
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).
As a member of the Alliance, faculty and undergraduate students in the Department of Biology of the College of Engineering & Science will participate in a three-year national phage genomics research project, in conjunction with faculty and students at over 70 colleges and universities around the country.
SEA-PHAGES includes a two-part, yearlong course that enables students to make discoveries by doing research on bacterial viruses, called phage. Participating classes isolate phage and decode the genomes, making significant contributions to the field of genomics.
Faculty Recognized for Achievements
Kendra Evans, associate professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry received the Faculty Achievement Award. She will be recognized at the Faculty Recognition Awards Celebration this fall.
Chemistry and Biochemistry Chair Mark Benvenuto received the 2015 American Chemical Society Fellow Award. The award recognizes Benvenuto's contributions to science research including conducting X-ray fluorescence research in artifacts analyses and consumer product materials, including copper coinage of King Herod in ancient Judea and antique patent medicines at the Henry Ford Museum. Additionally, Benvenuto is recognized for serving as a Councilor and two-term Chair of the Detroit Local Section, which won a 2005 ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Performance by a Local Section.
NSA Awards Engineering Grant
The National Science Foundation has awarded UDM's College of Engineering & Science a grant of $593,500 for support of the project, "Scholarships for Robotics and Mechatronics Systems Engineering," beginning Sept. 1, 2015 through Aug. 31, 2020, under the direction of College of Engineering & Science Associate Dean of Research & Outreach Shuvra Das and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Mark Paulik.
Tech Day Draws High School Students
The College of Engineering & Science (E&S) hosted its 25th Annual Technology Discovery Day Event: STEM Spring Fling, April 17. More than 400 high school students from Metro Detroit participated and approximately 100 UDM students volunteered in this year's event. A variety of displays and activities from the College and local companies exposed students to engineering and science.
UDM Participates in Shell Eco-Marathon
E&S student Melissa Kutchey was interviewed on WDIV-TV's Local 4 News segment on the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas event, which took place in Detroit, April 9-12. The UDM engineering student team met other teams from South, Central, and North America, who had gathered for friendly competition on the streets of Detroit in their ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. The UDM vehicle achieved a fuel efficiency of 181 miles per gallon, which placed it 22nd of 42 cars entered in the Prototype-Gasoline category and as the highest ranked Michigan school in that category. For more, see the interview.
The UDM Shell Eco-Marathon team (from left): Melissa Kutchey, Charles Neubecker, James Kenney, Brice Thelen, Daniel Kolpasky, Carl Williams and Grace Burnside. Not pictured are Kiefer Degener, Diego Moran, Samuel Gibbons, Steven Willman and Andrew Mueller.
U.S. Patent Issued for E&S Lift Apparatus
On Oct. 14, UDM received the second patent in its history. The U.S. Patent Office issued patent no. 8,856,981 for a "stability-controlled assistive lifting apparatus." The Stability Enhanced Assistive Lift (SEAL) was developed by Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nassif Rayess, retired Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Sandy Yost, and engineering students Obafemi Osunfisan, Mark Fazi and Raymond Slowik, beginning in 2009. They filed the patent application in 2011.