Message from the Dean

Leo Hanifin

Impact, Summer 2003

Leo E. Hanifin, M.E., D.E. has focused his teaching and research in the area of manufacturing efficiencies, processes and modeling. Hanifin has also held engineering and management positions in the automotive, aerospace, and computer industries. He has received the LEAD and Outstanding Young Engineer awards from SME, and the Outstanding Engineering Alumnus of the Year award from UDM. He holds B.M.E., M.E., and D.E. degrees from the University of Detroit. He joined the UDM College of Engineering & Science as dean in 1991.



Team E&S Rolls On!

It’s playoff time and Team E&S is on a winning streak!

We just dedicated the Ford Center for Computing, we’re building the Denso Team Design Center, and we’re designing the Visteon Prototype Center . . . and many other developments of important educational resources and programs are under way and planned. During the past month alone the College received over $800,000 in new commitments for capital resources, scholarships and programs.

While these initiatives are important, the people of our College community are even more important. In this issue of IMPACT, you can read about some of the special students, alumni and faculty who make up our team. People like Kevin Clinton, an electrical engineering student who was this year’s UDM Valedictorian . . . or Mark Benvenuto, a Chemistry faculty member who was named Michigan College Chemistry Teacher of the Year . . . or Keith Meyer, a Civil Engineering alumnus, who was named the College’s Engineering Alumnus of the Year. I hope you read IMPACT to learn about these team members and others who make the College a winner.

We are also winning in the enrollment game. Last fall, freshman enrollment in engineering rose 22 percent, but had a slight decline in science enrollments. For this coming fall, our freshman enrollment is surging in both engineering and science; we’re projecting increases of 24 percent and 65 percent respectively. These increases are due in part to UDM’s great ranking by US News and World Report (#1 in Michigan), to our new facilities and to our marketing program. However, I feel strongly that our pre-college and admissions efforts have had an even larger impact.

The College of Engineering and Science operates over a dozen major pre-college programs each year. Each fall and spring more than a thousand youths come to campus each Saturday morning and our faculty and local teachers teach them in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). This summer, with support from SME, we will run three, one-week sessions of the STEPS summer engineering camp for high school girls. Starting next year, with a $300,000 grant from Ford Motor Company, we will bring the Program for Advanced Studies into 10 high schools in southeast Michigan.

I want to personally thank all of the alumni, faculty and students who support our team with time and talent. All of the resulting developments . . . the physical resources, the programs, the scholarships and, most of all, the exceptional team members . . . will assure us of more winning seasons for Team E&S. The score of those wins will be measured in the many ways that our current and future alumni make a positive difference in their professions and the world.

Dean Leo E. Hanifin






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