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The following new faculty members have joined the College:

Michelle Castelli, assistant professor, Biology

James Lynch, assistant professor, Civil Engineering

Mostafa Merabi, assistant professor, Manufacturing Engineering

Chris VandenBroek, director, Manufacturing Engineering Program

Byeng Dong Youn, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering/Product Design

Abhijit Dasgupta, instructor, MathematicsStudent News

Stokes Baker, associate professor of Biology, recently directed a workshop on using transgenic plants to teach the scientific method in general biology laboratory at the annual meeting of the Association of Biology Laboratory Educators.

Leo Hanifin, dean, College of Engineering & Science, was elected as a director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, which consists of industry and academic leaders representing diverse manufacturing disciplines. The Board establishes business policy for the Society, conducts professional meetings, and guides its member units.

Alan Hoback, associate professor of Civil Engineering, received third place for the Best Paper Award in the category "Simulated Engineering Ethics" at the 2004 American Society of Engineering Education NCS Conference last April.

Sandra Yost, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was elected as the Zone Two Chair of the National Board of Directors of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Student News

Fraternity members of UDM’s Michigan Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi give it their best toss during a recent bocce ball tournament.

UDM’s Michigan Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi recently received the “Chapter Projects Award” in recognition “for conducting a superior program of chapter projects and activities.” Last year the chapter undertook such activities as tutoring students at Western High School, running the Straw Tower competition at Tech Day, and developing/hosting the E&S Golf Outing attended by 78 alumni, faculty and industry leaders. They also arranged fun activities such as a bocce ball tournament and feather bowling at the Cadieux Café.

“This award reflects the wide array of service and social activities by this small, but engaged group of exceptional students,” states E&S Dean Leo Hanifin.

Tau Beta Pi is the nation’s honorary engineering society with over 220 chapters; only the top 1/5 engineering juniors are eligible for induction.

Alumni News

Rose Ryntz ’83, director for Advanced Materials Engineering at Visteon Corporation, received the 2004 Professional Achievement Award from the Women’s Automotive Association International in September. A globally recognized expert in automotive plastic coatings, Ryntz leads Visteon’s Advanced Materials Engineering group in delivering innovative materials solutions for an array of Visteon products. She holds a doctorate in polymer/organic chemistry from the University of Detroit and is an adjunct professor at UDM. A prolific lecturer and author, Ryntz has published more than 75 articles, edited or co-authored three books, and been awarded 28 patents.