News Release

College of Engineering & Science Hosted 80th Annual Slide Rule Dinner

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science hosted the 80th annual Slide Rule Dinner on Saturday March 31, 2012 at 6 p.m. The event will was held at the Detroit Cobo Conference Center, Riverview Room. Alumnae William W. Wales, Raymond W. Ruddon, and UDM faculty R. Gerard Albright, Ph.D. and Arthur C. Haman were honored.

William W. Wales is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Dow AgroScience LLC., an international agricultural products subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow). He leads legal professionals in the United States and a network legal staff throughout the globe on regulatory and other legal matters affecting a dynamic multinational corporation. Prior to joining Dow, Wales was a research engineer at Ford Motor Company where he worked on advanced powertrain systems. In his spare time, he is on the board of Noble of Indiana, an organization that works with people with disabilities and a volunteer with the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. Wales is active in his parish, St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church and serves on UDM’s College of Engineering and Science as a member of its Board of Advisors. Wales earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Master of Engineering from the University of Detroit in 1972 and 1973 respectively. He received his Juris Doctorate law degree from Detroit College of Law in 1979.

Raymond W. Ruddon is a professor of pharmacology and senior associate dean for research and graduate studies at the University of Michigan. He first joined the University of Michigan as an instructor of pharmacology in 1964 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1967, associate professor in 1969, and professor in 1974. From 1986-90, he was associate director for basic science research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and from 1988-90, he also held the title of Maurice H. Seevers Professor of Pharmacology. Dr. Ruddon has also taught at the University of Nebraska (1990) and worked as the corporate director for science and technology at Johnson & Johnson. Ruddon received his Bachelors in Chemistry from the University in 1958 and went on to receive his Ph.D. and M.D degrees from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967.

Dr. R. Gerard Albright joined the University of Detroit in 1960 and has served as Chair of the Biology Department and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and many other key faculty leadership positions. He has been the principal anatomy educator at the University for over half a century, but it is his integration of the intellectual, spiritual, social, and ethical development of his students that has had the most profound impact on School. Lauded by hundreds of graduates as a key factor in their success in graduate and professional studies and professional practices and in their lives, Albright is the model of Jesuit education: a nurturing mentor, a scholar, an effective and challenging teacher, and someone who demands the best effort because he knows that doing so will bring out the best in the student. His commitment to volunteer service includes his parish, St. Andrew in Rochester Hills, where he is active as a Eucharistic Minister and has served on the Parish Council, Worship Commission and renovation planning board. He has received the Jesuit Magis Award for his exemplary service to the University of Detroit Mercy and humankind. Haman received three degrees from University of Detroit. Both Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.

Release date: March 14, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 13th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest universities in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges."