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Great Things at UDM

Great Things at the College of Engineering & Science

UDM Engineering Ranks among Top 100 in U.S.

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science has been named one of the top 100 programs in the country again in the 2014 edition of the U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges." The University has also consistently been ranked in the top 25 schools in its category and one of Michigan’s highest rated. The magazine rankings group more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and compares them based on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Student Chemistry Chapter Recognized

UDM’s Student Member Chapter of the American Chemical Society has been recognized with 18 awards in the last 18 years, 11 of them "Outstanding." This reflects the students who are very active in classrooms and lab, and outside of the classroom, propelling them to leadership in research and medical professions.

CES Receives Grant from Ford Fund

The College of Engineering & Science has been awarded $50,000 from the Ford Motor Company Fund Capital Grant Program for the modernization of UDM's Engineering Automotive Laboratory. The grant will fund the first phase of a project to create a first-class laboratory space for training Engineering students in all degree programs on the latest automotive systems and controls.

Leader in Robotics Competitions

In the past seven years, the UDM robotics team has placed first three times and third twice in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), fourth in the ASME Student Design Competition (a robotic window washer), and third in the ASME Innovation Show (a robotic assistive device) . . . all national competitions involving well over 100 engineering colleges. 

Chemistry Research Project Gains Media Attention

A research project analyzing antique medicines has gained an impressive amount of international media attention. The researchers, led by Professor Mark Benvenuto and Associate Professor Elizabeth Roberts-Kirchhoff of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, examined antique patent medicines (often called "snake oil") as well as modern dietary clay supplements, using x-ray and proton NMR technologies. The old patent medicines came from the archives of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. The research team included students Andrew Diefenbach, Jessica LaBond and Nic Stroeters.

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Pre-Med. Pre-Dental Program Graduates Excel

Each year students in UDM’s pre-med and pre-dent programs are admitted to medical and dental schools at rates far above the national average. UDM offers one of the widest variety of pre-med/pre-dent majors in the nation, allowing future physicians to build foundations in science (biology, biochemistry or chemistry), technology (engineering) or information systems (math/computer science) . . . preparing themselves to employ emerging scientific discoveries, medical technologies and health informatics of the future.

New Degree Options

New E&S degree program options have been added:

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering – one of only five programs in the nation
  • New Bachelor of Engineering program with focus in Environmental Engineering for international students from China
  • Advanced Electric Vehicle Certificate program, now available online
  • Master’s Program in Mathematics Education (MATM) now available online.

Co-op Provides Learning and Earnings

Students in most UDM engineering programs complete one full year of real professional experience before graduation, earning real industrial salaries (averaging over $10,900 per term or $15.80/hour).  Last year 100% of students in these programs secured valuable experience through this co-op program.

College of Engineering & Science Hosts Student Research Symposium

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science hosted its first Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium, Nov. 1, 2013 in the Engineering Building High Bay. The event showcased student research in the College and raised greater awareness of the engineering and science fields to Detroit area high school students. The event was attended by over 150 visiting high school students, over 100 E&S students presenting 60 research posters, and over 100 guests and alumni.