Spring 2008

E&S honors alumni of the year

More than 200 people attended the College of Engineering & Science's 76th annual Slide Rule Dinner Dance, April 5 at the Cobo Conference Center in Detroit. During the event, Judge Joseph V. Colaianni '56, and Dr. Robert Wood '53, were honored as alumni of the year for their contributions to engineering and science.

Group at Cobo Hall window
From left: UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Joseph V. Colaianni '56, Robert Wood '53, and E&S Dean Leo Hanifin at the 2008 Slide Rule Dinner.

Colaianni, the 2008 Engineering Alumnus, earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1956. By presidential appointment, he served in the United States Court of Federal Claims from 1970-1984. He then became Partner-In-Charge of the Washington Office of the New York legal firm Pennie & Edwards, where he filed and defended patent infringement cases.

Colaianni has taught at The Catholic University of America and The American University. Currently, he is a partner at Patton Boggs LLP. He serves as an advisor to UDM's new Engineering Law Program and is a member of the College of Engineering & Science Executive Advisory Board.

Says Colaianni, "Words can't begin to express my appreciation in receiving this award. I am proud of the education I received at the University of Detroit Mercy, and I am convinced it is of fundamental significance in all that I have achieved."

Named Science Alumnus of the year, Wood graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He has had a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Energy as director of the Physical & Technological Research Division where he won numerous awards, including the Distinguished Career Service Award.

Wood also served as a consultant with that department for an experimental program to stimulate competitive research. He has also served as a consultant to NASA in space radiation biology and research. 1n 1986, Wood established the J. Douglas & Dorothy K. Wood Endowed Scholarship at UDM.

"I am indebted to the University of Detroit for providing the strong foundation in physics and mathematics that enabled me to pursue a rewarding career in scientific program management with the federal government," says Woods. "I am grateful to the University for encouraging my interest in tennis and choral singing that has provided a lifetime of great enjoyment. And, I am deeply appreciative of the University for the great honor bestowed upon me as the 2008 Science Alumnus of the Year. I am challenging my fellow alumni to provide, when they are able, some level of support to help qualified, needy candidates achieve their goal of a college education."

To view photos of the event, visit UDM's online gallery.

Save the dates for Founders Celebrations,
Sept. 2008!

  • Sept. 18 Celebrate Spirit!
  • Sept. 23 Red Mass
  • Sept. 24 UDM Night at Comerica Park
  • Sept. 26 Ignatian Circle Dinner (by invitation)

Watch for further details.