Letter from Dean Leo Hanifin
As alumni of the University's Engineering and Science programs I thought that you would want to know that our engineering programs are now collectively listed as a "Top Engineering Program" nationally by U.S. News and World Report.
I also want to provide a brief overview of recent developments in the College:
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Our faculty are creating exciting new programs in this area that will be available to all engineering students … developing their capabilities to innovate new products and launch new companies (or lead in existing companies). These are supported by grants from two foundations and two leading corporations.
- Accelerated Physician Assistant Program
Our College, in cooperation with the College of Health Professions, has developed an accelerated program leading to the professional degree of physician assistant. The first students in this program will start this coming fall.
- Mobile Robots
This year all freshmen in the UDM Electrical and Computer Engineering department built mobile robots that can guide themselves … these robots will be used in many courses throughout the curriculum.
- Alternative Energy, Transportation Systems and Supply Chains
These important areas are the focus for a new University Transportation Center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and led by UDM. We will partner with four other leading universities and innovative corporations to develop new knowledge and new educational programs on these hot areas for the future.
- Vehicle Reliability
Through a grant of nearly $1 million, UDM will support the U.S. Army in its development of more reliable ground vehicles. Several UDM engineering students are also working on co-op assignments at the U.S. Army Tank Command to support our nation's defense … other UDM engineering students work in a wide variety of organizations focused on aerospace, automotive, computers, consumer products, energy, furniture, homeland security and civil engineering … two UDM students are even working in Hawaii this term!
I hope this has, once again, boosted your pride in your alma mater. Please pass along this information about the vitality and success of our engineering and science programs to your friends, relatives and colleagues.
Dr. Leo E. Hanifin