July 11, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science has been awarded $50,000 from the DENSO North America Foundation to develop student projects relating to self-driving vehicles.

The funding will be used to purchase equipment that will help project leaders Mark Paulik, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Utayba Mohammad, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, develop practical, hands-on class projects to ensure students keep up with the rapidly changing technology of advanced vehicle development. It will also be used to help students participate in the 2017 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition.

Through in-course projects and self-driving vehicle development, students will learn how to design sensing and control systems that permit cars to drive themselves while using automatic crash-safety and pedestrian-safety technologies.

DENSO North America Foundation has long been a supporter of University of Detroit Mercy and its College of Engineering & Science’s commitment to programs and integrated student projects that promote and enhance the acquisition of skills necessary for employment and research needed in today’s automotive industry.

With this support, Detroit Mercy has adapted and upgraded its engineering programming to stay on pace with the automotive industry. The University’s commitment is demonstrated in the construction of a new Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education, development of new bachelor and master-level programs in robotics and mechatronics engineering and an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship and innovation to train engineers to be problem solvers for tomorrow.