Community Outreach - College of Engineering and Science
UDM’s K12 STEM Programs
Each year, the College provides outreach programs to approximately 3,500 students between 4th and 12th grade through Saturday classes, summer camps and exciting curriculum designed to motivate the next generation to consider careers in engineering and science. These programs include:
Ford Innovation Camp: High School Students attended this summer program jointly sponsored by UDM, Ford, Dassault and Georgia Tech and supported by a grant from the Ford Fund.
Camp Infinity: Approximately 40 Metro Detroit-area fourth through seventh grade girls attended the camp to meet women professionals who work in technological fields, to develop a website sharing interests, and to participate in fun, interesting and educational activities associated with robotics technology. The camp is supported by a grant from the GM Foundation.
Transit Camp: The program informs students about careers in transportation through a visit to the MI Intelligent Transportation Systems (MITS) Center, lectures by transportation leaders and hands-on projects. The camp is jointly sponsored by the Colleges of Liberal Arts & Education and Engineering & Science and is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
DAPCEP Saturday Program: Students from 4th to 12th grades attended courses in such areas as entrepreneurship and innovation, the science of life, alternative fuel vehicles, forensic science and city planning.
Engineering and Nursing Students Serve Disabled Clients
UDM Engineering students teamed up once again with Nursing students to develop capstone engineering design projects that directly benefit people with disabilities. Two of the design project clients -- both military veterans -- came to campus to take delivery of the assistive devices designed especially for them. Students from Baylor University in Texas also participated in the project.
Left to right: UDM Mechanical Engineering senior Andrew Diefenbach, client Brad Nestor and engineering teammates from Baylor University, during the capstone design client presentations in the Engineering Building high bay.
See video of projects.
An entrepreneurial project developed by UDM engineering and nursing students won the "On Your Mark" award at the Launch Detroit "summer boot camp" event for aspiring technology-based business start-ups. For more information on the Launch Detroit event, see the Techtown Detroit site.
Pyrotechnic Demonstration for Teachers and Fire Fighters
On April 17, UDM hosted a meeting of the South East Michigan Chemistry Teachers Organization, as well as members of the Royal Oak and Birmingham fire departments, to demonstrate experiments with thermite. Thermite is a combustible substance that, once ignited, cannot be smothered or put out with water. Chemistry students and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto showed that despite thermite's potentially dangerous pyrotechnic properties, it can be controlled.
Photos (Left): Thermite burning as part of the demonstration. (Right): Demonstration attendees with UDM President Antoine Garibaldi and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto.
College of Engineering & Science Hosts Student Research Symposium
University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science hosted its first Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium, Nov. 1, 2013 in the Engineering Building High Bay. The event showcased student research in the College and raised greater awareness of the engineering and science fields to Detroit area high school students. The event was attended by over 150 visiting high school students, over 100 E&S students presenting 60 research posters, and over 100 guests and alumni.