News Release

Gary Kuleck named dean of the College of Engineering & Science

University of Detroit Mercy appointed Gary Kuleck, Ph.D., as the Dean of the College of Engineering & Science, effective August 17.

Kuleck joins the University community after three years as associate dean of Research, Graduate Studies and External Initiatives in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Prior to the position, he served for 14 years as a teacher-scholar and professor in the Department of Biology at Loyola Marymount.

As professor, his research interests have ranged from basic research in plant physiology to the distribution of antibiotic resistance bacteria and their genes in coastal wetlands in Southern California.

Kuleck has also taken part in new educational initiatives in science with an emphasis on undergraduate early participation in bioinformatics research through programs such as the Genomics Education Partnership and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Alliance SEA Phages Program. He has published scholarly articles in both science and pedagogical journals in these areas.

As faculty member and associate dean, Kuleck was instrumental in developing the infrastructural components for science and engineering faculty and students participation and success in research, successfully attracting funding from the National Science Foundation, the William F. Keck Foundation and other private and public agencies. He oversaw the development of the MANE (Molecular, Analytical, Nano and Energy) Center for Laboratory Technology, and the Molecular Analysis and Imaging Laboratory (MIM Lab), sponsored by awards from the Air Force Office for Sponsored Research and the W.F. Keck Foundation, respectively. The Center provided cutting-edge spectroscopy, microscopy and molecular facilities for engineering and science faculty and students to pursue scholarly research and curriculum development.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Pennsylvania after postdoctoral appointments at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the principal in-house research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland and University of Maryland, College Park.

At UDM, Kuleck hopes to build on and extend the College’s success as it fulfills its mission to serve Detroit and national and global communities through the education of the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians while advancing the discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge by faculty and students in the College.

Release date: August 23, 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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.