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2018 News from the College of Engineering & Science

Spend a few minutes with Detroit Mercy’s new Director of Sustainability Victor Carmona and his passion for what he does will leave you inspired. Whether Carmona is talking about his research projects in El Salvador, Mexico and Costa Rica or his thoughts on how to bring students studying different disciplines together, he will make you think in a new light.

Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering and Science and the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) recently signed a collaborative agreement to increase the number of under-represented minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Spring break provides an opportunity for students to take time away from their courses and prepare for the final weeks of the semester. For students participating in the alternative spring break retreat, it is a time for reflection and service.

Christina Jones, ReBUILDetroit scholar from the University of Detroit Mercy majoring in biology, will be conducting her summer research with Dr. Vance Berger in the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Rachelle Belanger, associate professor of biology, is the 2017 recipient of the early career mentor award in biology from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Detroit Mercy's chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon Honorary Mathematics Fraternity sponsored yesterday's Pi Day Extravaganza!

Dr. Prasad Venugopal, associate professor of physics and Dr. Mark Benvenuto, chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department, presented at the Michigan Science Teachers Association meeting in Lansing on March 2.

University of Detroit Mercy will host the Wheelchair Escalator Demonstration Event on Thursday, March 22, in the College of Engineering & Sciences High Bay from 1:30-4 p.m. Millions of Americans rely on wheelchairs or walking aids such as a cane every day. In fact, some 54 million Americans — a full 19 percent of the non-institutionalized population — suffer from a physical or cognitive disability.

Detroit Mercy's engineering co-op program is well-connected with international, national and local industry partners which helps students obtain summer co-op opportunities. One such partner, Wade Trim, offers students experience in civil and environmental engineering projects.

For the third consecutive year, the College of Engineering & Science won the annual Detroit Mercy Alumni Chili Cook-off on February 24.

More than 250 alumni and friends gathered on the McNichols Campus for the annual Titan tradition: Detroit Mercy’s Alumni Chili Cook-off, Feb. 24. Taste buds were sent into overdrive with pots of delicious chili created by representative teams of the University’s colleges/schools, as well as the Titan Club.

Jennifer Dukarski '96 mechanical engineering and '10 law attorney at Butzel Long in Detroit will serve on a panel during CREW Detroit's Michigan's Leading Women of Autonomous Mobility event on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Ann Arbor.

More than 30 industry partners lined the High Bay accepting resumes for summer interns across all engineering disciplines.

Dr. Matthew Mio, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, served as chair of the Organic Chemistry Exam Committee through the American Chemical Society (ACS) Exams Institute. This committee creates the standard ACS examination that is used in universities and colleges throughout the United States and world.

Ed Potoczak, electrical engineering alumnus, brings more than 30 years of experience to E.M.M.A. International as director of sales.

Earlier this month, the College of Engineering & Science launched four student initiatives seeking financial support from friends and alumni.

Detroit Mercy will host a friendly but competitive Mathematics Competition for high school students to test their problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge April 14. But until then, high school students have a chance to gain invaluable practice at solving math problems each month through the monthly web puzzles.

Dr. Ioannis Souldatos, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, presented two logic seminars and had a paper published earlier this month.

Two ReBUILDetroit scholars, Vanessa Lee and Relicious Eboh, from the University of Detroit Mercy attended and presented at the National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard University in January.

The publisher for Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta's book, Set Theory, ISBN 978-1-4614-8853-8, reports it was downloaded more than 70,000.

Detroit Mercy is in the midst of a $100-million investment campaign towards building a boundless future. Alumni from the College of Engineering & Science continue to generously support student scholarships, academic programs, faculty research and state-of-the-art facilities.

Dr. Chaomin Luo, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, presented UAV Coverage Path Planning Algorithm for Bridge Detection and A Multiobjective Genetic Algorithm based Hybrid Recommendation Approach at the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence Conference (IEEE SSCI 2017) in Hawaii, November 27 to December 1, 2017.

Nearly four years ago, the ReBUILDetroit consortium consisting of the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University received a $21.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to transform undergraduate education. We asked scholars to tell us what ReBUILDetroit is, why they are involved in the program and why someone should become a scholar.

The College of Engineering & Science honored the graduates of the Master of Science in Product Development (MPD) and Master of Science in Engineering Management (MEM) during the Ford Alumni Night at Calihan Hall on February 2.

For one month beginning on Monday, February 5, the College of Engineering & Science will be seeking your financial support for 4 student projects.

The American Chemical Society's Education Division recently formed a new group committed to mentoring, training and developing new faculty in the discipline of chemistry. Dr. Matthew Mio, professor of chemistry, was appointed to this national committee.

The third-place team from Trinity Lutheran School, Team 2, Utica, at the Future Cities Michigan regional competition earlier this month thanks University of Detroit Mercy for its participation and judging earlier this month.

The new iNSPIRE Laboratory in Chemistry and Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education spaces are featured in an article published this week, "New Spaces at the University of Detroit Mercy That Inspire Undergraduate Research and Innovation," by Dr. Elizabether S. Roberts-Kirchhoff, Dr. Shuvra Das and Dr. Gary A. Kuleck in SPUR, Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, volume 1, number 2, Winter 2017.

Former biology student, Neena Baghaie, recently had an article, "White coat syndrome: the medicine, the myth, the legend" published in Contour magazine, volume 2, number 1, 2018.

Dr. Mark Benvenuto, professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry, along with Dr. Matthew Mio, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, co-authored a two-volume work, Building and Maintaining Award-Winning ACS Student Member Chapters'. The volumes are titled, "Holistic Viewpoints" and "Specific Program Areas" and available through the American Chemical Society.

Three Detroit Mercy faculty were among the judges for the Michigan regional Future City competition held in Novi on January 22.

Attending a small university has many advantages. As an undergraduate you are able to join a faculty research laboratory and perhaps present your research at national conferences. Saamera Awali, Houda Khalil and Lauren May along with Dr. Rachelle Belanger associate professor of biology, presented research at Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference in San Francisco, CA earlier this month.

Dr. Natalie Datien '13 BS and DDS, graduate of the seven-year biology/DDS program was recently named as "10 Under 10" by University of Detroit Mercy's School of Dentistry.

The mathematics department is excited to announce two competitions for high school students to expand their knowledge about mathematics.

Dr. Nihad Dukhan, professor of mechanical engineering, delivered a keynote speech, “On the Use of Metal Foam as Flow Field in Fuel Cells," at the International Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey, December 19-21, 2017.

University of Detroit Mercy announces the 2018 Spirit Awards recipients. From the College of Engineering & Science, Randal T. Murphy, ‘59 is being honored with an alumni achievement award on April 27.

University of Detroit Mercy proudly sponsored the Pearl SMART Network event, Science, Mathematics, Art, Reading, and Technology (SMART) Day for girls 8 to 18 this past weekend.

In the chemistry classroom of the future, professors will be able to draw in 3-dimensional space right in front of the class and manipulate it for all to see. But now, professors like Dr. Mathew Mio rely on a new learning tool from Alchemie.

Mathematics courses at Detroit Mercy are more than abstract computations. Students apply their classroom lessons while working on a research project in Dr. Kathy Zhong’s Probability and Statistics for engineering and science students.

Justin Pothoof, chemistry senior and Chemistry Club president, returned to his hometown, Coldwater, to share his experience from the United Nations World Climate Change Conference with the Coldwater Early Bird Exchange Club last week.

Jennifer Dukarski ’96 ‘10 mechanical engineering and law, Butzel Long attorney and shareholder, as attained the distinction of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior member status, the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply.

Bianca Jones, biochemistry major at University of Detroit Mercy, spent her ReBUILDetroit summer research experience as part of an international, interdisciplinary team focusing on the global challenges of health research at Aarhus University in Denmark.

A recent article about the ReBUILDetroit experience is featured on the BMC Proceedings homepage.

Associate professors of Biology, Dr. Stephanie Conant and Dr. Jacob Kagey along with School of Dentistry assistant professor Dr. Joshua Thomson are among the co-authors of an article appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

More than fifteen ReBUILDetroit scholars attended in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) which is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in November. Two of the scholars were recognized for their outstanding presentations in the categories: cancer biology and physiology.

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