from Dean Leo E. Hanifin
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.
start another academic year with lots of great news and renewed
enthusiasm for the future of our College. First, the quality and
quantity of new students have both increased. The average test scores
for incoming students have increased, and we enrolled seven freshmen
who were valedictorians at their high schools. Overall, the full-time
freshman enrollments in engineering and science increased 33 percent
this year. The number of new graduate students increased 87 percent.
We attribute these increases to the high ranking of UDM by U.S.
News and World Report, our strong pre-college programs, the strength
of our programs and dramatic improvements in our facilities, equipment
and computing resources in the College.
Second, we continue to create unique learning environments for
engineering and science. The Ford Center for Computing (labs for
networking and distributed/parallel computing) was dedicated last
spring. This fall we will open the Denso Team Design Center. Next
spring we will complete the Visteon Prototype Center and two new
manufacturing labs where students can fabricate what they have designed.
In science, we have improved the Organic Chemistry Lab, are installing
environmental chambers in Life Science and will finish a great chemistry
seminar room by next spring. These laboratories, plus previous renovations,
provide an extraordinary learning environment for our students.
Finally, the quality of our faculty has recently been extended
and recognized. Five new faculty members joined the College this
fall. All are scholars in their fields and all indicated that they
wanted to join UDM because our mission and their values were closely
aligned. Our continuing faculty have garnered many awards, including
two top ones: Mark Benvenuto (Chemistry) was name the top college
science teacher in Michigan and Shuvra Das (Mechanical Engineering)
was named the top engineering teacher in the North Central Region
of the nation.
As an alumnus of this College, these great students, faculty and
resources make me very proud. I hope that you share that pride and
“spread the word” about the college to your colleagues,
family and neighbors . . . and stop by to see the great improvements
to our College.
Leo E. Hanifin ’69, ’72, ’75
Dean: College of Engineering and Science