Great Things Newsletter

Excitement builds for Engineering Centennial

Engineering Centennial

The University's Engineering
Department moved into Dinan Hall
on Jefferson Avenue in 1916.

The prestige of UDM’s engineering programs has been a century in the making. Starting this September, the College of Engineering & Science will celebrate the Engineering Centennial with a series of social events, educational meetings and special presentations to reflect on the achievements and focus on the future.

The Centennial will be featured on Sept. 22 at Celebrate Spirit!, an annual University event that launches the school year. James Paul, director of Engineers Without Borders, will be the speaker. The formal celebration of the Engineering Centennial will be a gala for alumni, corporate partners and friends on Sept. 30 at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The celebration continues the next day, Oct. 1, as alumni and guests are invited to the Engineering Building to view student projects and demonstrations, tour facilities, attend Mass and later dine at the Dakota Inn, a long-time favorite of alumni. A time capsule dating from March 1987 will be opened and a new capsule buried.  On Oct. 3, the campus community will celebrate with a picnic lunch and anniversary cake. Additional Centennial events are being planned for the academic year. This year’s Ford Innovation Symposium in November will include Alan Mulally, chairman and CEO, Ford Motor Company, as the featured speaker.

Engineering Student

Robotics are now fully integrated into the electrical
engineering curriculum.

Since the first engineering class was offered on Oct. 2, 1911, the College has awarded more than 13,000 engineering degrees in 17 different undergraduate and graduate programs. Graduates have made significant contributions to their professions and to society. Many have risen to top positions at leading corporations, including serving as president at Ford Motor Company; as CEO at DTE Energy; and as vice presidents at many major corporations including Xerox, Lear, GE, Boeing, IBM, Dell and General Dynamics. Engineering graduates also made strides in the government and higher education, including four deans of engineering colleges.

College of Engineering & Science Dean Leo Hanifin notes, “This 100th anniversary is a prestigious milestone for the University and the City of Detroit, but it goes well beyond that. The legacy of our engineering program is felt by the people and places that have been positively impacted by the knowledge, skill and ingenuity of our graduates and faculty.

In recognition of this significant anniversary, the University has launched the Centennial Fund, a fund development program to underwrite the Centennial events and provide support for the future of UDM’s engineering program. The latter, called the Second Century program, will support student recruitment and scholarships, and program and faculty development in emerging technologies.

For more information on the Centennial celebration, please visit: or
call 313-993-1216.