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Mayor Bing and President Garibaldi tour Livernois Corridor

revitalization tour
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi toured Livernois'
Avenue of Fashion district with Detroit Mayor Dave
Bing and city and community partners as part of the
Livernois Revitalization Tour.
On Aug. 3, UDM President Antoine Garibaldi and University vice presidents participated in the Livernois Revitalization Tour with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and city and community partners. For photos, video and news coverage, see UDM’s Livernois Revitalization Tour page.

UDM offers Michigan's first robotics and mechatronic engineering degree

This fall, University of Detroit Mercy began offering Michigan’s first bachelor’s degree in Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering. The program focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to design new and “intelligent” systems/products that should make our lives a little bit easier.

The Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering program teaches students how to integrate mechanization and control with sensing, actuation, and computation to best achieve improved product quality and performance. Such intelligent systems include not only robots, but also modern intelligent automobiles, airplanes, defense systems, assisting devices, and a wide variety of other systems such as appliances, games and entertainment systems.

“Tremendous growth is projected for service, defense and manufacturing jobs in the robotics field,” said Shuvra Das, associate dean of the College of Engineering & Science. “Within the broad area of mechatronic systems, our graduates will have the choice of developing nearly all types of products, from smart cars to game systems.” Read more.

College launches Forensic Accounting Program

The College of Business Administration’s new graduate certificate program in Forensic Accounting is now available. The program consists of eight graduate-level courses designed to give accountants specialized training in detecting fraud. The 24 credits also fill the gap between most undergraduate accounting degrees and the requirements for becoming a Certified Professional Accountant. Read more.

PA program celebrates 40 years

PA directors
(Pictured:) Four directors of the Physician Assistant
program, from left: Agnes Bongero, Amy Dereczyk,
Suzanne York, and founding director Harriet Gales.
Alumni who attended the 40th anniversary celebration of CHP’s Physician Assistant program were as diverse as their practice settings but united in their desire to celebrate their education and the opportunities it has brought. The evening reception was held April 21 at the UDM School of Law Atrium.

The UDM PA program was established at Mercy College in 1972 by Founding Director Harriet Gales, who was presented with a plaque at the event honoring her dedication and leadership. Her passion for the profession, pride in the alumni and support of dedicated faculty shone through during her remarks.

A respected anatomy professor, the late Edward Tracy, was recalled with fondness in a short speech given by his daughter, Associate Professor of Biology Mary Tracy, who took the position after his retirement.

“My father taught three generations of PAs and was touched by the lives of all his students. It brought him great joy and inspiration to bring anatomy into the lives of many,” Tracy said.
Read more.

Detroit City Council honors UDM President

President Garibaldi with Detroit City Council
(Pictured:) UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi (third from left)
with Detroit City Council, June 25.

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was honored by the Detroit City Council in the Council Chamber, June 25. Council Member Saunteel Jenkins presented a testimonial resolution to President Garibaldi for making a difference in the community during his first year at University of Detroit Mercy.

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