UDM takes second place in robotics competition
A team of UDM engineering students (team SEALE) received the second place award in the Robotics Innovation Competition and Conference (RICC) held at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Nov. 7-8. The theme of the competition focused on the development of robotic technologies to improve the quality of life. SEALE, which is an acronym for Stability Enhanced Assistive Lift for the Elderly, is a robot designed to aid a physically challenged individual (elderly or disabled) to transition from a seated position (chair or floor) to a standing posture.
The award included a plaque and a check for $2,000. The team consisted of electrical engineering students Ray Slowik, Ali Ashgar and Jun Chen and mechanical engineering students Mark Fazi and Obafemi "Femi" Osunfisan. Team advisors were ECE Professors Sandy Yost and Mohan Krishnan and ME Professor Nassif Rayess. The field included 10 entries from the U.S. and one from Mexico. Parts and travel were sponsored by the KERN Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) grant and the RICC conference.
Golfing event supports scholarships
Sixty golfers participated in the seventh annual E&S Golf Outing held July 14 at Shenandoah Golf Club in West Bloomfield. The event, supported by event sponsor Soil & Materials Engineers, raised $1,500 to assist UDM College of Engineering & Science student scholarships and organizations. Over the past six years, the event has raised nearly $40,000.
At the event's dinner program, Engineering student Andy Niedert spoke on the importance of alumni support for students based on his personal experience. As the first person from his family to attend college, Niedert would not have been able to attend UDM without scholarship support.
Congratulations to the winning Senior Team: Don Maes, Dan Biske, Leo Hanifin, Dick McClelland and to the tournament winning Champion Flight Team: Mike Pilon, Matt Smith, Steve Hamlin and Dave Agnello—the team members all flew in from Las Vegas for the event.
Next summer's Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, July 12. To reserve a spot, arrange sponsorship, make a contribution or for more information, call 313-993-1218.
E&S receives $50,000 DENSO grant
UDM's College of Engineering & Science accepted a $50,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation, Aug. 10. The grant will fund a proposal by Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Mark Paulik and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nihad Dukhan to create opportunities for UDM students to work on the issues of thermal energy management in hybrid vehicles, and advanced navigation systems in autonomous vehicles.
Biology Club raises funds to fight cancer
The UDM Biology Club participated in this year's American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" event, May 30 in Royal Oak. This year, the Biology team raised $3,077, ranking them second in fund raising out of 27 teams at the event. The team also won the "Best Team Spirit" award. To get a head start on next year's fund raising, graduate student Kevin Crumpley is collecting used printer cartridges. If you'd like to help, contact him through the Biology Office at 313-993-1180.
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