The Benefits of Membership
Looking back on his years as a student, CECS graduate Joshua Morrison wishes he would have done a few things differently.
"I wasn't interested in joining an engineering student organization during my freshman and sophomore years," says Morrison, who received his degree in computer and information science in May. "Then I joined the Association for Computing Machinery as a junior and realized what I had been missing. They had recruiters from companies like Google, Compuware, and Ford come to campus to talk with their members. Many of my friends got internships, co-ops, and full-time jobs through those meetings. I wish I had joined a student org sooner."
The college's eighteen student engineering organizations offer abundant learning and networking opportunities. Yet, many freshmen and sophomores are unaware of them. To help rectify this problem, Morrison and some of his peers created the Engineering Organization Council (EOC).
The council, formed during the winter 2013 semester, brings together representatives from each UM-Dearborn student engineering organization. The goal is to increase freshman and sophomore student organization recruitment, create an alliance among the individual student organizations, and help those organizations forge a stronger connection with CECS.
"Because UM-Dearborn is a commuter campus, many incoming students don't know how to become more involved," Morrison says. "The EOC will help show freshmen and sophomores the benefits of joining a student organization."
The EOC officially launched in March when it met with CECS Dean Tony England. The meeting organizers formalized the council and discussed ways to increase awareness of individual organizations on campus.
"We'd like to have an EOC representative to talk about engineering student organizations during freshman orientation," Morrison says. "We'd also like to distribute flyers to professors, the advising department and anyone else who could direct students to us. Dean England has been very supportive and has helped connect us with the CECS alumni affiliate board, which will help the student orgs maintain relationships with industry."
Other EOC organizers include Molly Pohutski, president of Dearborn Campus Engineers, and Derelle Redmond, a 2013 computer engineering graduate.
"Once we got the student org representatives together for the meeting and began sharing our experiences, it became evident that the EOC will benefit everyone," says Redmond, who belonged to several student organizations, including the National Society of Black Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery. "Dean England was especially excited about helping the student organizations connect with alumni affiliate members. This will be much easier to do using the EOC as a central body."
EOC organizers created a succession plan so the council can continue moving forward, now that its organizers have graduated. Morrison is working as an associate developer at Urban Science, a software solutions company in Detroit. Redmond is a mobile application developer at TT Media Services in Novi.
"It's very important for students to join an engineering organization," Redmond says. "In our competitive job market, a 4.0 grade-point average alone isn't enough to land a good job. Participating in student organizations shows a potential employer that you're passionate about engineering beyond the classroom."
More Than Meets the Eye
The human eye may not be as fast, accurate or consistent as researchers need it to be when tracking data. But new software created by students from University of Michigan-Dearborn's College of Engineering and Computer Science leverages computer vision technology to support the data collection process.
BioVision is a cross-platform application that automates the process for researchers, scanning raw video files for movement. Users set the motion detection parameters depending on their needs and then can output information to an Excel workbook to quantify and compare data across videos.
Anne Danielson-Francois, assistant professor of biology, commissioned the project for use in UM-Dearborn's arachnid lab. For her and her research students, collecting data on spider movement meant hours of manually recording behavior by hand as it occurred.
"Collecting accurate data in an efficient manner is imperative to conducting experiments," said BioVision team member Joshua Morrison. "Having a program to expedite the data collection process could allow a research team to work through more trials and conduct more experiments."
Researchers in the Danielson-Francois laboratory often spent more time playing back videos to score the spider's movements than doing the actual experiment. Time spent reviewing footage would take time away from further research and this is a common issue for researchers that videotape animal behavior.
"We wanted to help researchers save time and energy," Morrison said. "No more recording behaviors by hand. No more scrubbing through an entire video file to get the information you need."
The genesis for the project began from a random encounter over coffee in the faculty lounge in Mardigian Library between a biologist and an engineer. Danielson-Francois was reviewing spider behavior video playback on her computer when another coffee drinker, Narasimhamurthi Natarajan, professor of electrical and computer engineering, pointed out that electronic vision could do a better job of extracting data from video files than simply reviewing the videos and scoring behaviors by hand.
From this original insight, they collaborated on a short initial code 100 lines long with graduate student Raymond Llonillo. But using the code required a knowledge of computer science that most users do not have and the program was restricted in what it could do.
So with the idea to create a BioVision that everyone could use with more features and functionality, Danielson-Francois began working with the CECS senior design team of Morrison, Nathaniel Dessert, Daniel Painter, Jacob Boncher, Dustin Morabito, and Molly Pohutski.
Danielson-Francois met with the students throughout the development process and was pleased with the end result.
The developers "produced professional grade video analysis software that can be used by any researcher to analyze patterns of movement in digitally captured video," she said in a letter to the team's supervising faculty. "It not only performs the functions outlined at the start of the project, but it completely exceeded my expectations."
Although originally designed for behavioral science research, the technology also could support mechanical and security applications. Security officials can set sensitivity parameters to quickly scan video for unusual movement. In the auto industry, BioVision could help detect amounts of movements in springs (suspension) and measure how they react to differing weights.
"The application could be used with any video where you're looking for a certain kind of movement," said team member Daniel Painter.
The BioVision team, led by Dessert, originally looked for already-produced software that could assist in collecting data as a starting point off of which they could build. But when they couldn't find a flexible user-friendly solution, they designed their own from scratch. The software took about 4,000 hours to complete and includes more than 10,000 lines of code.
The team presented the software at the college's Senior Design Competition on April 19. They won the Department of Computer and Information Science division and shared top honors with the Department of Mechanical Engineering's autonomous snowplow design project.
The program has been released as an open source project to encourage development and use in the scientific community.
UM-Dearborn Grants First Ph.D. in Automotive Systems Engineering
UM-Dearborn has achieved a significant academic milestone, as it conferred its first doctoral degree in its 53-year history.
Xuan Zhou, a Ph.D. candidate in automotive systems engineering (ASE), received his degree in December. A native of Shanxi province in northern China, Zhou came to UM-Dearborn in 2006 to earn a second master's degree. He began his doctoral studies with Pravansu Mohanty, professor of mechanical engineering, in 2009.
"Professor Mohanty has been a great mentor, and the faculty and staff have been very supportive," says Zhou, who will continue his studies as a post-doctoral student with Mohanty. "Although the doctoral program is just starting, I hope that my work will help it grow in stature."
Zhou's dissertation involved researching a new cold spray titanium coating for biomedical applications to improve the longevity, compatibility, and cost of products such as hip implants and elbow joints.
"Xuan's work earned four journal publications, which is competitive with the work produced by students in established doctoral programs around the country," Mohanty says. "Xuan encountered challenges as our first doctoral student, as he had no precedent to create a frame of reference. At the same time, he had the unique opportunity to be our first Ph.D. recipient. I've been happy to provide Xuan with support, guidance, and encouragement."
In addition to the doctoral program in ASE, the college also offers a Ph.D. in information systems engineering. Both programs have 50-credit-hour requirements, preparing engineers to follow a career of research and technical specialization and serve as technical leaders, innovators, and research mentors.
"We currently have about 35 students between both doctoral programs," says Prof. Pankaj Mallick, director of Interdisciplinary Programs. "Roughly half of the students are working engineers, while the other half is made up of full-time students. Many students have shown interest in the programs, and we're selective about those we enroll. We're very proud of the programs we've established and hope that most of the students receiving doctorates will serve industry in research."
For more information about CECS doctoral programs, visit www.engin.umd.umich.edu/PhD.
Engineering Wisdom Day
You can't do it all yourself.
It was fitting advice Chelsea Thomas ('09 B.S.E.E.) shared with a group of current University of Michigan-Dearborn students.
She was talking about delegating assignments at work. But the message of seeking help from others fit with the theme of the day during Engineering Wisdom Day, held on campus March 28.
The university's chapters of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Alpha Omega Epsilon (AOE) brought three UM-Dearborn alumnae back to their alma mater for the event. SWE Chapter President Ashley Klepadlo hoped to create a platform where alumni could share their knowledge and experiences in the workplace.
"We wanted to strengthen the connection between alumni and current students," Klepadlo said. "It is important that we use every source and every person available to us to continue our individual and organizations' growth."
Thomas, who works on lighting design at SHW Group, was joined by Judy Curran ('87 M.S.E.E.), vehicle line director at Ford Motor Company, and Janet E. Hall ('68 M.S.E.E., '90 M.B.A.), CECS' first female graduate, who retired from Ford in 2002.
The panel dished out advice on choosing a program, navigating office politics and how to best prepare for the workplace.
"You don't need to know everything," Hall said. "You learn how to learn in school. The ability to think and solve a problemthose skills are always needed."
They stressed the importance of learning to work in a team and taking advantage of the university's co-op program.
The women also commiserated with the group about the rigors of the program, before leaving them with a message of hope.
"More than once I wanted to quit school. Brute force kept me going," Curran said. "But the fun stuff is the work you do. It gets better."
Best in Class
Calculating how many hours Theta Tau members spend volunteering in the community is difficult for chapter president Christopher Guirlanda. "It's hard to tell," he said, "because our members are always doing great things."
That commitment to community is just one reason the Theta Tau chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, a national honor society for electrical and computer engineers, has earned the Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Only 20 of nearly 200 national chapters received the distinction this year. Judges based their decision on chapter activities, with service programs carrying the most weight.
Guirlanda said the service projects are a way for him and other Theta Tau members to make a difference while reaching their own full potential. Last year, members volunteered at Gleaners Community Food Bank and tutored high school students in math and physics.
"There's a lot more to school than just the grades you earn, and that is why service is so important," he said. "Through my time in this chapter I have seen some incredible growth of the people who have participated in service projects."
Guirlanda's goal for the chapter is to connect with the community as well as with local industry. Recruiting events, technical seminars and networking opportunities all work to strengthen the student experience.
"We want not only to honor our members for their great academic accomplishments and character, but to bring them opportunities through the network we've established through our members."
Yi Lu Murphy, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will receive the award on behalf of the chapter next Monday during the annual meeting of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association.
University of Michigan-Dearborn previously won Outstanding Chapter for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Hands were bloodied. Parts were broken. And, yes, even some tears were shed.
It was all part of the process for students competing in the 2013 ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition, where UM-Dearborn's Team Yeti took third place and won $3,000 and the Bronze Snow Globe Award.
From the start, Team Yeti knew they wanted to use a brand new vehicle, designed as part of their senior design project.
Months of work went into the creation of the plow. They developed prototype and development schedules and broke the team into vehicle subsystem groups: chassis, powertrain, packaging, electrical integration and snowplow design.
"Throughout the whole process, we tried to replicate as close as we could to an automotive engineering environment," said Mark Bajor, the powertrain leader for the group, who now works for Polaris. "This ended up working very well, and we learned a lot from it."
The process was very much a team effort with Bajor, Mengxing "Simon" Chen, Craig Cowing and Cody Schmitt. They also used software developed by Angelo Bertani and Zach DeGeorge.
And it's the teamwork that proved invaluable to Schmitt now that he's looking to enter the engineering field.
"The teamwork aspect and design process is the same for any situation in the industry," he said. "In fact, I thought this project was relevant enough to put on my resume, and interviewers brought it up multiple times during my interview."
Team Yeti has been a mainstay at the competition since the inaugural event in 2011. This is their second consecutive third-place finish, led by adviser Nattu Natarajan, associate professor.
This year, they were joined by two other UM-Dearborn teams: Team Geili (Doris Kotori, Derek Langley, Wangsong Li, Shihe Liu, Xuanchen Liu, Ken Yesh, Mohan Zhou and Qi Zhou) came in fifth place and won 0, and Team Bang (Jingwei Xiong, Qijie Xu, Junyao Wang, Jiaqi Ma, Qihao Deng and Yang Xiong) finished in eighth place after some complications in the first round.
Each of the UM-Dearborn teams consisted of students from the Intelligent Systems Club, which works to promote robotics and the development of technical skills.
High School Students Discover Engineering
Marshmallows and raw spaghetti aren't what you'd expect to find at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
But that's what was on hand for a group of 60 budding engineers during the NAIAS' 8th Annual Education Day.
The props were part of the Engineering Discovery workshop led by University of Michigan-Dearborn's Ghassan Kridli and John Cristiano. Area high school students were challenged to construct a freestanding structure with the noodles, tape, and string that would support the weight of a marshmallow on top.
"Engineers are problem solvers who use every resource possible to bring into existence things and ideas they imagine," said Kridli, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.
The marshmallow exercise challenged students to think like engineers: designing a plan, building a prototype, and testing the structure. Students' innovation and creativity were on display as they crafted and tweaked their projects.
As teams completed the challenge, Cristiano and Kridli talked about the different approaches taken by teams and why some approaches worked better than others.
Even the less-successful efforts were important to the process.
"We discussed how failure to construct a freestanding structure is valuable in terms of learning how not to construct the structure," Kridli said.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science partnered with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) for this event in an effort to increase exposure to the STEM fields. UM-Dearborn graduate students Ni "Echo" Chen, Parvathy Viswamohan, and Waleed Al-Mahshi assisted Cristiano and Kridli.
In addition to the hands-on challenge, students learned what engineers do and what careers are available in the field. The winning team in each session received UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science t-shirts.
"The sessions went very well," said Cristiano, director of the Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education and Practice. "It was a fun day that helped expose high school students to the excitement of engineering and at the same time strengthen our relationship with TARDEC."
Improving Older Driver Safety
Improving Older Driver Safety
In 2010, there were nearly 6,000 automobile fatalities in crashes involving at least one driver age 65 or older, according to a recent report from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and TRIP, a national transportation research group. Although overall fatality rates among drivers 65-over have decreased in recent years, the number of older drivers killed or involved in fatal crashes remains disproportionately high.
To help improve driver safety, Hyundai-Kia Motors enlisted the help of Sang-Hwan Kim, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering. In May, Hyundai-Kia Motors presented Kim with a $79,405 grant to research effective vehicle instrument panel displays and layouts that will help older drivers perform driving-related multitasking activities and that will enhance driving performance.
"As the Baby Boomer generation ages, we're seeing an increase in the number of older drivers," Kim says. "New vehicles tend to display lots of information in their instrument clusters. My research focuses on the capabilities and limitations of older drivers and applying that data toward instrument cluster design."
There were two phases to Kim's research: data collection using a driving simulator and subsequent interviews with the study participants regarding instrument panel layouts. To compare driving performance, the 40 study participants included male and female drivers ages 20 to 30 and 65 and over. There were no specific physical or cognitive ability limitations.
"We sent an email to UM-Dearborn faculty and staff to recruit senior drivers for the study," says Heather Harrelson, an industrial and systems engineering master's student who assisted Kim. "Many younger staff members got their parents and friends to participate. We also recruited seniors from a database compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Ann Arbor. Many of the younger drivers were UM-Dearborn students."
The driving simulator included a monitor displaying highway driving conditions, a steering wheel and pedals, an LCD monitor displaying an instrument cluster, and a video camera recording eye movements.
"We found that older drivers seek simplicity," Kim says. "Most drivers don't like the tachometer and they don't care for coolant temperature gauges. What they do want is critical information, like a fuel gauge and seat belt and tire pressure indicators. They also prefer to have these critical indicators positioned between the speedometer and the windshield."
Kim and Harrelson completed the interview portion of their research by presenting instrument panel mockups to the drivers and recording their input and preferences on the cluster layout. They also asked for feedback about the importance of display components and usage frequency. Kim presented his findings to Hyundai-Kia in December.
"Future vehicles may feature configurable digital instrument panels," Kim says. "Then drivers will have the option of choosing the level of information displayedfrom simple to complex. Ultimately, this research will lead to enhanced driver safety."
Honoring a Distinguished Legacy
In honor of his distinguished career, leadership, and major contributions to the university, the College of Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Affiliate Board of Governors has established the Subrata Sengupta Endowed Scholarship.
Sengupta served as CECS dean from 1990 to 2012 and helped facilitate many achievements for the college. Initial scholarship donors include members of the CECS alumni affiliate, CECS faculty and staff, colleagues from UM-Dearborn and outside companies, and alumni and friends of the college.
The CECS alumni affiliate unveiled the scholarship last October during a special event held in Sengupta's honor at Dearborn's Fairlane Club. An initial $55,000 has been raised or pledged to date.
"I'm absolutely thrilled that the alumni affiliate chose to create this scholarship," says Sengupta, who is currently on sabbatical. "I'm very pleased that it will help CECS students offset their college tuition."
Reflecting on his 22 years as dean, Sengupta says he is proud of a number of CECS accomplishments.
"We doubled the number of faculty members and attracted researchers who are at the cutting edge of their fields," he says. "We also expanded our facilities and created the Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education and Practice and the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems, which transformed the culture of the college. The design experience was added to the curriculum, starting with the freshman year and culminating in the Senior Design Competition. Our students now participate in national competitions with great success."
When Sengupta first came to the university, the college had two shared buildings. CECS now occupies six buildings, with 30 new labs for teaching and research, and close to 15 undergraduate and graduate programs have been added. "We also pioneered distance learning courses at a time when most universities across the country were just thinking about offering them," Sengupta says. "More recently, we created doctoral programs in automotive systems engineering and information systems engineering and granted our first Ph.D. this semester.
"I'm deeply grateful to the alumni, staff, and faculty I've worked with through the years. They're a very special bunch. Without them, we couldn't have achieved these milestones. We did things that were revolutionary and transformational. The scholarship funds are another reflection of their dedication to our students."
CECS alumni affiliate chair and Parkwood Engineering Development Corporation President John Cole says the association chose to create the scholarship as a way of honoring Sengupta's legacy.
"Sengupta is passionate about engineering education and a strong believer in aligning industry and educational excellence," says Cole, who earned a degree in industrial and systems engineering in 1976. "The beneficiaries of his work are CECS graduates. They'll leave UM-Dearborn with a solid grounding in real-world elements and be ready to be hired right off the bat."
Cole says the affiliate's goal is to raise $100,000 for the scholarship and then hold annual fundraisers to sustain it.
"We've dedicated ourselves to supporting this scholarship," Cole says. "There's no better way to help future generations of CECS students and honor a man of Sengupta's stature than creating an endowed scholarship in his name."
To make a donation to the scholarship, contact the external relations office at 313-436-9141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Funds from this scholarship will be awarded to students who are enrolled in the Concurrent Undergraduate/Graduate Study program.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Students
Reflecting on his distinguished career with Ford Motor Company and his final appointment as executive director of North American Engine Operations, Jim Poe says he owes his success to the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
"I occasionally return to campus to speak with students," says Poe, who earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1964. "I tell them their college years are the most valuable time of their lives. It definitely sets a course for your future."
Now retired, Poe and his wife, Jeraldine, are helping future generations of UM-Dearborn mechanical engineering students. Last summer, the Poes made a $100,000 gift to CECS for the benefit of the mechanical engineering department. The James and Jeraldine Poe Mechanical Engineering Fund will provide discretionary student support for student projects, scholarship or travel support, or internship opportunities for students conducting research with College of Engineering and Computer Science faculty.
"The gift is our way of returning something to UM-Dearborn," Poe says. "My career was not only shaped by the discipline of engineering, but also non-technical electives. I recall taking classes about ancient Greek philosophy and a survey of the Soviet Union. I found these courses to be very valuable later in life. I will always be indebted to my engineering professors and student advisors."
Tony England, interim dean of CECS, says the gift will provide students with an enhanced academic experience.
"The fund will not only support scholarships, but also allow more students to graduate with fewer student loans," England says. "Students with a large loan obligation often feel that they have to secure a job with a big company that allows them to repay the loans. Students with smaller loan obligations may be more inclined to work instead for a start-up company. Fewer student loans allow more students to explore a broader range of career options.
"I think any time an alumnus chooses to give back, it says a lot about the donor. I've been impressed by the strong feelings UM-Dearborn alumni have about the education they received and their desire to help the next generation of students."
Poe began his career at Ford Motor Company as a co-op student in 1961 and retired from the company in 2000. He is also a current board of trustee member and prior chairman of the board of trustees for the Judson Center, a non-profit human services agency in Royal Oak. In his spare time, Poe plays the bassoon with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra and teaches reed making. He and his wife reside in Farmington Hills.
″CourseFeeds″ App to Launch in January
A new cross-platform web application developed by CECS undergraduates aims to connect students to academic resources. The developers plan to launch CourseFeeds across the three University of Michigan campuses in January 2013, in time for the start of winter semester.
CourseFeeds allows students to find and easily share resources such as instructional videos, modules, and supplemental readings to augment classroom learning.
"We wanted to create a utilitarian web-app that students could add to their expanding educational tool belt," said developer Cory Woolf, an electrical and computer engineering student.
The web application, which is mobile and desktop optimized, also uses PV Twonky Beam technology that lets students beam content from a mobile device or computer to a TV.
Brahim Medjahed, associate professor, shared how students could use the application, "Student Mary is completing math homework. She is struggling with a certain kind of problem and finds a link someone else posted to the app's database. She beams the video to her TV while practicing the problems on a coffee table in her living room."
The programmers noted that CourseFeeds will not tolerate assignment solutions sharing.
"Sharing example solutions and resources that give instruction on how to solve types of problems is why we built this web-app," Woolf said. "But there are multiple features to help prevent blatant assignment sharing."
The web application includes a database of every course offered on University of Michigan campuses.
"This is a key component to making the process of finding relevant resources a snap," Woolf said. "Much like how Google must sort search results based on certain attributes, we must sort resources submitted to CourseFeeds."
CourseFeeds was developed as part of the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems (IAVS) 2012 Summer Engineering Project. UM-Dearborn alumnus Jim Brailean and his company, PacketVideo, sponsored this year's project.
The CourseFeeds development team includes computer and information science students Cory VanHooser and Brandon Wenzel and electrical and computer engineering students Sergio Aguinaga, Salvador Holguin and Cory Woolf.
HP-CEEP Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Connecting. Collaborating. Creating.
For 20 years, that has been the mission of the Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education and Practice (HP-CEEP), combining the teaching environment with industry innovation.
On Friday, October 19, University of Michigan-Dearborn commemorated the 20th anniversary of HP-CEEP with a daylong celebration.
"HP-CEEP has been transformational for the college in having helped build a culture of research excellence among faculty while enhancing the education of students through real-world experiences," said Tony England, interim dean. "The sustainability of HP-CEEP over 20 years is an indication and testament of its value to students, industry and faculty."
HP-CEEP founder Subrata Sengupta envisioned the integration of teaching, research and practice in collaboration with industry in an effort to enrich the education of future engineers.
Sengupta, professor and former dean of CECS, believed UM-Dearborn's presence in a heavily industrialized area uniquely supported HP-CEEP's vision. "The biggest selling point of the school was the 100,000 engineers who were within half an hour from the dean's office," he said.
Proximity to industry leaders has allowed for relevant applied research opportunities for faculty members, cooperative education experiences for students, innovative courses and enhanced continuing education opportunities for working engineers.
During the event, Sengupta and John Cristiano, director of HP-CEEP, recognized early supporters of HP-CEEP, including Hank Lenox, former director of Ford Production System, and Nirmal Singh, a dielectric scientist with DTE Energy, who were in attendance.
Sengupta also paid tribute to the center's namesake, the late Henry W. Patton II.
"Henry was a lifelong supporter of the university," he said. "There was nothing more fitting than to name the center after Henry."
The day featured research updates, presentations from faculty members and a keynote address by Bryce Hoffman, author of American Icon: Allan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company. The event was coordinated with a luncheon to recognize scholarship donors and students who have received scholarships.
UM-Dearborn Rated Among the Best Regional Universities
The University of Michigan-Dearborn again was ranked sixth among master's level public universities in the Midwest in an annual guide to American colleges published by U.S. News & World Report. UM-Dearborn was the highest-rated, regional public university in Michigan on the list and ranked 33rd among all regional universities in the Midwest. This marks the tenth consecutive year that the university was rated as one of the region's best.
UM-Dearborn's College of Engineering was also ranked on program-specific lists.
For the 15th consecutive year, the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) again was rated among the top ABET, Inc. accredited undergraduate engineering programs in the country among schools whose terminal degree is a bachelor's or master's with few, if any, doctoral programs. UM-Dearborn began offering doctorate programs in 2009. "CECS is honored to again be highly rated by U.S. News," said Tony England, interim dean, CECS. "To be one of two schools in Michigan on this list speaks highly to the quality of our faculty, students, and research facilities."
The rankings, which were released online this week at www.usnews.com, will appear in the magazine's annual guidebook to America's Best Colleges, which will be on newsstands September 28.
In the magazine's ratings, UM-Dearborn is compared with other public universities that offer a full range of undergraduate and master's degree programs, but few or no doctoral degrees. Those institutions are rated by region because they tend to draw students from their surrounding areas, according to U.S. News. The magazine said it bases its overall rankings "on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality." Their rankings of engineering programs are based on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty members at schools around the country. For more information on how U.S. News ensures the accuracy of the rankings visit www.usnews.com/collegemeth.
Building a Better Battery
Best Buy Donation Assists Lithium-ion Battery Research
Thanks to a generous donation of battery-powered electric scooters from Best Buy, University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty and students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) will be able to investigate ways to improve upon lithium-ion batteriestechnology that is also used in consumer electric vehicles.
In July, a University of Michigan alumnus and Best Buy employee coordinated the donation of 100 scooters. The College of Engineering at the Ann Arbor campus received 83 scooters, and the remaining 17 came to UM-Dearborn. Faculty members who received the scooters include Chris Mi, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Pravansu Mohanty, professor of mechanical engineering; and Keshav Varde, CECS associate dean and professor of mechanical engineering. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received three scooters for senior design projects. The remaining scooter inventory is being held for future student projects.
Keshav Varde is using the two scooters he received to research battery characteristics that will be used in modeling fuel cell hybrid vehicles.
"One of the issues with electric vehicles is the change in power demand with acceleration and deceleration," Varde says. "Fuel cells aren't very efficient when they go through these changes. Fuel cells produce electric powerthe battery stores the energy. A lithium-ion battery can last a long time depending on the current drawn, its rate, the frequency, and battery characteristics. But we don't have sufficient knowledge of lithium-ion batteries to determine the optimum ratio of fuel cell size to battery size. By measuring characteristics of the lithium-ion batteries (from the scooters) and using them in our simulation, we can model and design a fuel-cell-powered vehicle with battery energy storage that can optimally power small- to full-size cars."
Varde says students from the mechanical engineering and automotive systems engineering programs will assist with the investigation. The scooter donation will help them gain experience in working with emerging battery technology.
"The scooter donation from Best Buy helps us to provide our students with hands-on experience in lithium-ion battery technology and its integration in vehicles," Varde says. As the cost of fuel cells decreases, fuel-cell-powered vehicles with battery energy storage may become more viable. The scooter donation will help us prepare our students not only for today's technology, but for the technology that may show up in the marketplace in the near future."
Pravansu Mohanty and his students will use the scooters to test the prototype solid-state batteries they have fabricated. Solid-state batteries eliminate fire hazards associated with current lithium-ion batteries. Chris Mi and his students will examine ways to enhance battery safety, reliability, and drive range.
"Electric cars represent the future of transportation," Mi says. "As we work on extending the life and range of the batteries, as well as reducing their cost and charging time, we can help further the development of electric vehicles. The generous donation from Best Buy will help bring us closer to making electric vehicles a safer and more viable means of transportation."
Mobile App: MiEnginUM-D
MiEnginUM-D, a mobile application developed by Engineering Computer Services (ECS) to organize and deliver useful information to the CECS student community, was recently approved for release. The iOS app, now available in the iTunes
App Store for download, allows students to read current news; contact faculty and staff members; find directions to locations on campus; and log in to the college's e-learning software, Virtual Learning Tool. In addition, students will be able to access course catalog information, register for courses, and produce class schedules. Users will also find a variety of helpful links related to the college and the campus.
The mobile app started as an idea proposed by former CECS Dean Subrata Sengupta to ECS supervisor Hun Khor regarding development of a product that would efficiently expose campus
resources to better serve the student community.
In winter 2011, Khor recruited a team of talented CECS undergraduate students and an ECS staff member to begin work on the app. Team members included software engineering students Nathaniel Dessert, Josiah Hudson, and Daniel Painter; electrical and computer engineering student Erica Zybach; and former ECS systems programmer Viktor Abovyan. They completed the app earlier this year.
Khor says of the project, "I wanted to get our students involved so that they could gain valuable work experience, and they produced a functional product that benefits our students. The team is completing an Android version, which we expect to release this summer."
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James R. and Irene J. Baughman Scholarship Established
James R. Baughman ('64 BSE-ME, '64 BS-EM) was the first person in his family to go to college. Now, this automotive innovator is making the same dream possible for others.
Baughman, who grew up on the west side of Detroit in what he describes as a lower middle class family, found the opportunity to go to the School of Engineering (now CECS) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn quite meaningful. After a successful 40-year career in the automotive industry, Baughman says, "Both my wife and I wanted a chance to give back what we've been given. We're strong believers in education, that it's the key to improving ourselves and society, both morally and economically."
The couple's gifts, totaling $100,000, have established the James R. and Irene J. Baughman Scholarship, which will provide support to undergraduate mechanical engineering scholars, in turn helping to recruit and retain the best and brightest students. The scholarships will be awarded based on need and merit.
The Ford Motor Company retiree is hoping that students will have the opportunity to learn what he learned as a student: "Work hard. Ask questions. Don't take things at face value. And be inquisitive."
Baughman liked Dearborn's commuter atmosphere, the many ways in which students could be involved socially and academically, and the enthusiasm of his engineering and engineering mathematics teachers.
The UM-Dearborn engineering alumnus worked at General Motors for four years while attending the General Motors Institute and then spent 36 years at Ford.
He finished a stellar career in Ford's Advanced Manufacturing Technical Development organization as one of the lead researchers and developers of a thermal spray coating process for engine cylinder bores called Plasma Transferred Wire Arc (PTWA). He was responsible for the team of engineers that designed prototype equipment for the PTWA process and verified its durability and production feasibility.
After his retirement, Baughman received the 2009 Inventor of the Year Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation in Washington, D.C., for his contribution to the development of the PTWA process. "My 15 minutes of fame as an engineer," he says. He has seven patents related to this work.
Recently, the process has been used to reduce vehicle weight and enhance performance in other manufacturers' vehicles such as the Nissan GT-R and the Shelby GT500.
Baughman also developed and implemented torque-angle monitoring and tensioning strategies for the engine, transmission, body assembly, and tractor and part component divisions. In addition, he implemented a resistance welding feedback controller for resistance welding to improve quality and contributed to Ford's development efforts in paint and powder metal technologies.
During his time at Ford, he also received an MBA in quantitative analysis from Wayne State University in Detroit and was an adjunct professor at Henry Ford Community College, where he developed a course for the design and
manufacturing control of threaded fasteners.
After a satisfying and fruitful career, Baughman likes to think that more students who grew up with similar backgroundsand similar challengeswill be able to have the opportunities he did. And now, they will.
Fueling Future Manufacturers
Each March, UM-Dearborn's Engineering/Computer Science Experience exposes high school juniors and seniors to education and career opportunities in engineering and manufacturing. This year, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) lent a
hand in supporting the competition.
Thanks to the generosity of local SME chapters and its education foundation, SME made a sponsorship gift totaling nearly $5,000 to UM-Dearborn to cover the costs of the robotic car kits for the engineering contest and T-shirts for all event participants.
The event is open to high school juniors and seniors in southeast Michigan. Participants enter one of three contests: engineering, computer programming, or web design. Students entered into the engineering contest build, test, and race
small robotic cars. Computer programming competitors write programs to solve problems within a defined time frame. Web design contestants create multimedia websites within the outlined criteria. Partial tuition scholarships are among the event prizes.
The day-long program not only highlights the high-quality educational resources at the university, but also recruits future engineers and manufacturers, says SME Director of Membership Joe LaRussa, who is also a CECS alumnus(BSE-EE '99, MS-EM '03, MSE-ASE '03).
"Having served on both the CECS Alumni Affiliate and the UM-Dearborn Alumni Society, I was very aware of the Engineering/Computer Science Experience and its past success," he says. "When the event was being planned, we realized there was an opportunity for both CECS and SME. With four local chapters in southeast Michigan and a
student chapter at UM-Dearborn, it seemed natural for SME to support the competition.
"The event is a key outreach activity for CECS and UM-Dearborn, and SME's involvement will provide valuable resources to the competitors and their schools to prepare the next generation workforce for engineering and manufacturing."
In addition to the competition, event participants and their parents had the opportunity to meet current UM-Dearborn students and faculty and view projects like the award-winning SAE Formula cars and student-designed video games.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education, and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications, and online training division (Tooling U), SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies, and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes.
The SME Education Foundation's mission is to prepare the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists through outreach programs to enrich students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) education.
For a list of contest winners and for more information about the Engineering/Computer Science Experience, visit the link below.
CECS Professor Honored with Collegiate Professorship
Pravansu Mohanty, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named the first Paul K. Trojan Collegiate Professor.
Mohanty, whom colleagues describe as a consummate scholar with an affinity for high-quality research and a keen interest in teaching and student learning, will hold the professorship for five years.
"It is very fitting that Dr. Mohanty be named the first Paul K. Trojan Collegiate Professor," says Ben Li, chair and professor of ME. "His students see him as an excellent teacher and advisor who brings innovation to the classroom. He was an early adopter of distance learning and the main architect of our undergraduate nanotechnology course."
Mohanty has received more than $12 million to support research activities that cover a wide range of applications, including basic material science, biomedical, automotive, defense, and alternative energy. Among his many awards is the 2011 Clean Energy Prize, designed to encourage entrepreneurship in Michigan and the development of clean-energy technologies.
Associate Dean Keshav Varde says of Paul Trojan, "He has an exemplary record of service, research,
and teaching that spanned 40 years. His career coincided with the formative years of UM-Dearborn, and he steered the college through several transition periods. It is wonderful and very appropriate that the university is honoring him with a collegiate professorship in his name."
Trojan received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in metallurgical engineering in 1955, 1956, and 1961, respectively, from the University of Michigan. He joined the Dearborn campus in 1961 as an assistant professor of chemical and metallurgical engineering and was promoted to associate professor in 1964 and professor in 1970. He held a number of top administrative positions, including interim dean
of the college 198082 and 198890.
Prof. Chris Mi Named IEEE Fellow
Maximizing fuel economy.
For many, it's a top-of-mind topic as fuel prices continue to rise. For Chris Mi, professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) and director of the DOE GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation, it's a daily quest to minimize fuel consumption and reduce emissions, while saving consumers money.
For his contributions to hybrid electric vehicle modeling and power control, Mi has been named a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the first regular faculty member in the ECE department to receive such an honor. Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious and important career achievement.
"This is a lifetime goal for many in the field," Mi said. "It is a very high honor to be recognized by IEEE in this way."
Mi's research interests have focused on electric and hybrid vehicles since arriving at UM-Dearborn in 2001.
"It's a relatively new subject, the marriage of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering," Mi said. "When do you choose to run on the battery, or the engine, or both? It's about maximizing fuel economy, minimizing emission and maximizing the lifetime of key components like the battery."
He has sought to answer those questions with companies and the U.S. Army, where he and his research team helped increase fuel savings by 10-15 percent on plugin hybrids by developing an advanced algorithm for the power controls.
In 2011, Mi became director of the newly established Center for Electric Drive Transportation. In this role, he will develop partnerships with industry leaders while continuing to build the university's doctoral and master's degree programs in automotive systems engineering.
Mi is an expert in the field of hybrid electric vehicles and plugin hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs/PHEVs). He has led tutorials, seminars and workshops for the Society of Automotive Engineers, the IEEE, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Science Foundation.
He also is an active member of IEEE. Mi was chair and vice chair of the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section and general chair of the 5th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, and has served as associate editor and senior editor of several IEEE publications.
Mi's recent honor from IEEE is a distinction reserved for select members whose extraordinary accomplishments in an IEEE field of interest are deemed fitting of the prestigious grade elevation, according to the organization's website. No more than one-tenth of 1 percent of members are selected as Fellows each year.
"The honor of becoming a Fellow of IEEE speaks highly to the work Dr. Mi has accomplished in the field of electric and hybrid electric vehicles," said Tony England, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and IEEE Fellow. "Dr. Mi is a tremendous asset to University of Michigan-Dearborn as we move forward with electric drive vehicle research."
Mi earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He received his doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering from University of Toronto. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, an electrical and computer engineering honor society.
Save Our Children Coalition Brings Students to Campus
Last semester, the college hosted a one-day program in collaboration with the Save Our Children Coalition (SOCC), a project of UM-Dearborn's School of Education (SOE). It was designed to showcase academic opportunities to young people through SOCC's UTOOLS, a program that provides enrichment experiences to Detroit foster youth. Visiting students had the opportunity to meet CECS students and view or participate in team-based projects that highlighted collaboration and cooperation.
The program was coordinated with Katie Page Sander, a licensed master social worker and former director of SOCC, and held in the college's Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems building. The "habit" for the students to practice that day was to "think win-win" or have an "everyone can win attitude," she writes.
The young people spent part of the day with students from the college's game design program. CIS Professor Bruce Maxim and his students gave the SOCC students a lesson in the principles and practices of gaming, followed by instruction in creating their own gaming software.
In another part of the day, the Formula SAE student racing team, under the supervision of Taehyun Shim, professor of mechanical engineering, showed the students previous and current versions of the cars it designs and builds for competition and allowed them to be photographed in the cars. The CECS students pointed out that pulling together as a team has been a big part of their success in creating something as complex as a racing car.
Page Sander summed up the day's results. "We hope that presentations like these will spark an interest in many of [the students] to dream big and to know that anything is possible for them. To see young people like themselves doing such incredible work is inspiring and eye-opening. As I predicted, some of the youth who [seemed to be] the most 'bored' with the presentations couldn't stop talking about the cars, the building, and the video game!"
A. W. (Tony) England Appointed Interim Dean
A. W. (Tony) England, Ph.D., became the interim dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn, effective May 1, 2012. In addition to his role as interim dean, England is also professor of atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences and professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.
England is a former astronaut who shared in the President's Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the safe recovery of Apollo 13.
He was also a mission scientist for Apollo 16, flew as a mission specialist on the Shuttle Program's Spacelab 2, and served as a Space Station program scientist for two years. He has logged 4,000 hours as a pilot2,000 of these in high-performance aircraft and eight days in Earth orbit.
Upon leaving NASA in 1988, England joined the University of Michigan as professor of electrical engineering and computer science and became professor of atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences in 1994. He served as an associate dean of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies and an associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering.
Among his awards are Great Britain's Calcutta key for his contributions to pre-college science education and the U-M Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Award for his work with undergraduates in research.
He writes, ″I am very much looking forward to working with colleagues both within CECS and across UMDearborn. UM-Dearborn serves Michigan in many important ways and CECS is a significant contributor to the university's mission. With the state's and the nation's increased recognition that a well-educated workforce is key to a successful future, the university's mission will grow in importance. My goal is to ensure that CECS continues to support that growth by providing an excellent engineering education, producing innovative research, and seeking opportunities to inspire K-12 youth to pursue engineering careers.″
He is currently researching the science and technology needed to use satellite microwave radiometry to detect and predict climate-related changes in spatial and temporal distribution of snow and ice.
England is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in earth sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1965 and his Ph.D. in geophysics from MIT in 1970.
It is anticipated that England will serve as interim dean for two years while the university and college conduct a search for a permanent dean.
CIS Professor Receives Prestigious NSF Award
Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science Kai Zeng has received a five-year, $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award is the NSF's most prestigious award, supporting junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research.
Zeng, who joined UM-Dearborn for the start of the fall 2011 semester, received the award in February. His research focuses on wireless networking and cyber security. The CAREER award will enable him to conduct a comprehensive study toward reliable and efficient network monitoring in white space cognitive radio networks.
"As smart phones and other wireless applications have became more popular, the increasing traffic volume has placed significant pressure on the existing spectrum," Zeng says. "It's similar to a traffic jam where the volume of vehicles exceeds the road's capacity. To help alleviate the spectrum shortage, the Federal Communications Commission released underutilized analog TV spectrum, or 'white space,' to unlicensed secondary users for opportunistic access. This has opened up a lot of exciting opportunities related to public-safety, medical, and other applications."
Zeng says the opening of the white space spectrum has created a new set of challenges.
"The spectrum must be used efficiently," he says. "One the one hand, the unlicensed band has become overcrowded. On the other hand, some licensed band is underutilized. It's as if the spectrum was a 100-lane road with 90 lanes booked, except the users that have reserved the space aren't using the roads very frequently. That leaves only 10 lanes for all the other traffic. The idea is to allow some of the cars from the remaining 10 lanes to drive on the other 90 lanes to optimize usage."
To achieve maximum white space efficiency, primary and secondary users must be monitored to prevent resource abuse. However, because the white space spectrum is wide (50 to 900 MHz), it's difficult to monitor users effectively.
"Without proper monitoring, it's nearly impossible to manage or optimize the network," Zeng says. "It's also hard to track a particular user's behavior, since it's possible to jump around channels very quickly. The goals are to pave the way for efficient networking in white space and to apply secondary network monitoring to allow operators and users to optimize the network."
The funds awarded to Zeng will help support the hiring of two doctoral students as research assistants, the purchase of lab equipment, and the development of curriculum, including enhancing existing courses and creating a new undergraduate course related to the researchWireless Forensics.
"My research integrates electrical engineering and computer science," Zeng says. "Its interdisciplinary nature will help broaden the vision of UM-Dearborn students as well as introduce new curriculum."
"I'm honored to receive the award. Since wireless communication is such an integral part of our lives, this project may have a broad impact on society and the economy."
PBS Documentary Receives Broadcast Journalism Award
Detroit Public Television's ″Beyond the Light Switch,″ called ″an ambitious and thoughtful documentary series″ by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, received one of its highest awards for excellence in journalism, the 2012 duPont-Columbia Award. The program is acknowledged as an ″outstanding example of explanatory journalism,″ and makes the ″complex and important subject of energy policy engaging and accessible to audiences.″
According to Columbia's web site, each year about a dozen news stories are honored by the duPont-Columbia Awards for the strength of their reporting, storytelling, and impact in the public interest. The winners are selected by the duPont jury from hundreds of entries vetted by a board of screeners.
Subrata Sengupta, professor of mechanical engineering, headed the national advisory board and is credited with ensuring the objectivity and accuracy of this thought-provoking documentary series. It poses the question ″What will the future of energy look like?″ The documentary was previewed at the college's Energy for the Future Conference in 2010.
Producers of this program, which aired on DPTV in 2011, brought together the experts and asked them tough questions, with the intent of conveying a more balanced perspective to the national energy debate. The series ″took viewers on an enlightening and comprehensive journey of discovery into the inner workings of our existing energy infrastructure. Guided by an independent advisory panel, ″Beyond the Light Switch″ investigates whether the United States can completely transform its existing energy landscape before it's too late...″
Ed Moore, director, producer; David Biello, Ed Moore, writers; Jordan Wingrove, editor; Bill Kubota, cinematographer; Paul Dzendzel, audio; Bill Kubota, Genevieve Savage, co-producers
2012 Winners: http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/788-the-winners/594
Trailer for ″Beyond the Light Switch″
Digital Forensics Degree Program Launched
The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn has launched a bachelor of science degree in digital forensics. The degree program, designed to address the needs of undergraduate students interested in this rapidly growing field, will be available beginning this fall.
Digital forensics is an area of computer science that encompasses the examination and analysis of material found in electronic devices including computer hard drives, cell phones, PDA's, and storage devices. Often, the retrieved information is used as legal evidence in criminal or civil cases.
"This increasingly digital age brings new challenges in securing our computing and intellectual assets," says Subrata Sengupta, dean of CECS. "University of Michigan-Dearborn's new program in digital forensics will help meet the demand in this emerging field, providing well-qualified graduates to serve in both the public and private sectors."
The degree program combines the study of a core curriculum of computer science and security with selected areas of criminal justice, engineering and accounting.
For more information, contact the College of Engineering and Computer Science at 313-593-5510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CECS Faculty Members Receive Campus Awards
University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty members were recognized for their teaching, research, and service at the 30th annual Honor Scholars and Faculty Awards Dinner on March 27. Two College of Engineering and Computer Science faculty members were included in the group of honorees.
Narasimhamurthi "Nattu" Natarajan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Distinguished Teaching AwardTenured Category, and Dohoy Jung, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was presented with the Distinguished Research Award.
Nattu Natarajan has taught within the electrical and computer engineering programs since 1986. With a passion for teaching, he has developed an innovative pedagogy that involves cultivation of the inventive use of computers in the class, integration of state-of-the-art technologies in the curriculum, and promotion of science and engineering through extracurricular activities.
"He has volunteered his time far beyond his duty as faculty," said Dongming Zhao, professor of electrical and computer engineering. "His effort has helped and influenced hundreds of students in their technical training and professional career development."
In 2002, Natarajan founded the Intelligent Systems Club as a way to guide students in engineering design projects and coach them to put knowledge from books into practice. His teams have participated in regional and national competitions, earning recognitions and placing UM-Dearborn on the map of engineering education.
"Professor Natarajan's mentorship exceeds far beyond the boundaries of the physical classroom," said former student Kristopher Bechamp. "To Professor Natarajan, the classroom is wherever knowledge can be found."
Dohoy Jung joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2008. Since that time, his research has focused on thermal and fluid sciences and their applications to advanced energy conversion.
Applications include internal combustion engine processes and systems, hybrid powertrain systems, PEM fuel cell systems, vehicle thermal management, and solar energy systems.
"Dr. Jung is an outstanding researcher who has proven his talent through individual and team research efforts," said Zoran Filipi of Clemson University. "He has demonstrated continuous growth and the ability to recognize research topics critical for advancing the automotive area."
Jung's research sponsors have included the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Army TARDEC, Ford Motor Company, and Hyundai-Kia Motor Company.
CECS Wins E2 Energy to Educate Grant
More than 120 UM-Dearborn students will have an opportunity to work firsthand with technology used in electric vehicles thanks to a grant from a leading supplier of power, natural gas, and energy products.
The university recently received a $50,000 grant from Constellation Energy. Two mechanical engineering professors in the College of Engineering and Computer ScienceBen Li and Dohoy Jungapplied for the E2 Energy to Educate grant to enhance undergraduate students' learning and research experience with electric vehicles.
Through improved course curriculum and hands-on experience, students can expect to work firsthand with battery design and energy storage, power electronics and management, thermal management, battery system control and management, and hybrid powertrain design and control.
E2 Energy to Educate grants are awarded to projects that reach and inspire students to think differently about energy. UM-Dearborn plans to utilize its grant funding solely on electrical vehicle education.
The Constellation Energy grant is a nice complement to a separate grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) initiative that will establish a Center for Electric Drive Transportation at UM-Dearborn, Jung said.
The Constellation Energy grant "will effectively extend the benefits of the DOE-funded graduate education program in the area of electric vehicles to undergraduate students for betterment of their educational experience," Li and Jung wrote in the grant application.
"Located in the capital of the automotive industry, UM-Dearborn has been a center for automotive engineering education and research," Li and Jung wrote. "The proposed project will further improve our energy technology curriculum and laboratories for preparing engineers with technical skills and advanced energy technology knowledge for commercial development of energy-efficient electric vehicles."
New Undergraduate Degree Program in Bioengineering
The University of Michigan-Dearborn introduces the new bachelor of science in engineering program in bioengineering. The program provides a comprehensive engineering education with orientation toward biomedical applications. Graduates of the program will become technically skilled and socially responsible engineers prepared for immediate professional employment in various areas of biomedical technology and for pursuing advanced degrees in engineering, medicine, or science.
First-year students were admitted for the winter 2011 semester.
The new program is multi-disciplinary and implemented by the faculty of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters. The program is administered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The curriculum of the new program requires completion of 128 credit hours of coursework culminating in a capstone design experience. As an option, the typical requirements of medical school admission can be satisfied within the 128 credit hour limit.
For admission into the program, please apply to the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The admission requirements are the same as the other engineering programs. Currently, the high school adjusted GPA of 3.0 or higher and cumulative ACT of 22 or higher is required.
NSF Funds New Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Lab
The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $200,000-dollar grant to the College of Engineering and Computer Science to acquire leading-edge technologies to establish a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle research and training laboratory.
The college is already a nationwide leader in offering courses about hybrid electric vehicles, said Taehyung Kim, the principal investigator on the grant and an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. These courses include "Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)," "Electric Machines and Hybrid Drives," "Vehicle Electronics II," "Power Electronics," and "Automotive Sensors and Actuators."
But because of the lack of a hybrid electric vehicle laboratory, instruction about HEV design is confined to classroom discussion and simulation. This grant will change that.
"The lack of hands-on experience makes it difficult for the students to become truly proficient in HEV theory, testing, and measurement practices," Kim said. "The acquisition of state-of-the-art instruments will definitely offer students invaluable hands-on research."
The grant will allow CECS to purchase a real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulator, a battery tester for PHEV battery performance and life-cycle tests, and a test cell data acquisition and control instrument. These tools will be used to conduct further research to develop improved plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technologies.
Specifically, the real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulator is a real-time platform that will be used to design intelligent control systems and perform testing of the controllers for traction motor drives, power converters, and power management systems, Kim said.
The battery tester is manufactured to run HEV and PHEV battery modules and cells through a variety of driving cycles, such as the Federal Urban Driving Schedule and the Federal Test Procedure-75. These are cycles established by the federal government to mimic driving conditions, such as those in an urban environment or on a highway, that help predict a battery's efficiency.
The data acquisition and control instrument is the central control system in a modern powertrain test cell, Kim said. It is designed to integrate the other two instruments to execute a predefined test schedule to measure all outputs from sensors on test cell components. It does this by coordinating the real-time simulator, a dynamometer, and the battery tester.
The instruments will be used to investigate improvement of the electric motor drive based on intelligent direct toque control, power converter fault detection and compensation schemes, and battery thermal management and digital diagnosis of progressive battery damage.
The research is a multidisciplinary effort. Co-principal investi¬gators on the grant include Dohoy Jung, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Jie Shen, associate professor of computer and information science; Chris Mi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Yi Lu Murphey, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Cheol Lee, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering; and Roger Shulze, director of the college's Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems.
At this time, the laboratory does not have an active partnership with any automotive companies. However, Kim said, he plans to pursue partnerships based on the outcomes of his research.
"The outcomes of the proposed project will not only offer a useful and needed research and educational experience that is relevant to the automotive industry of the day, but they will also help to bolster the industry by providing more qualified students," Kim said.
Online Application System for Graduate Programs Opens
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2011 Senior Design Competition
The 2011 Senior Design Competition winners were selected from a group of the best design projects from the college on April 15.
DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Project Title: LED Traffic Signal Cold Weather Hazard Investigation
Team Members: William Schmelter, Elizabeth Shnerpunas, Murad Swaidan, and Heather Velliky
Faculty Advisor: Oleg Zikanov
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have begun to replace incandescent bulbs inside traffic lights, reducing the amount of electricity needed to operate them. LEDs have a greater efficiency, partly because they generate much less heat than incandescent bulbs, however, this advantage has some contingencies. Due to the lower heat generation, the LEDs have become a problem in cold climates, where accidents have resulted from snow-covered lights.
This investigation explored the most effective and economic solutions to prevent snow from covering LED traffic lights. The most feasible option was found to be a resistive-heater-wire system incorporated into the traffic light structure, which dissipates heat throughout the optic surface. From experimentation, the ideal power supply input to eliminate potential snow buildup was found to be 49W, much less than the usage for incandescent bulbs. This design effectively prevented snow buildup, but at the same time decreased the energy cost savings of LEDs. In order to improve energy efficiency, several options were considered, including replacing an existing resistor in the circuitry with resistive wire rerouted to the outer lens.
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
Project Title: Suite Management System
Team members: Scott Hoffman, John Papke, Alexander Paull, and Nicholas Smith
Faculty Advisor: Bruce Maxim
The Suite Management System is a web-based, interactive tool for managing suite sales at major entertainment venues. The project was completed for Olympia Entertainment, Inc. (OEI), which operates Joe Louis Arena, Comerica Park, the Fox Theater, Cobo Arena, and several other venues around the city of Detroit. The system manages the entire sales workflow from reserving a suite for clients and recording food and beverage requests to tracking payment information and management reporting. The application supports multiple venues and events, giving the sales staff the flexibility to customize rental packages for each client.
All of the departments involved in suite rentals utilize this fully integrated solution. The primary users work in the premium sales, accounting, and hospitality departments. In addition, the access control mechanisms allow users to only perform actions and see data that is relevant to their duties.
The system is built using a three-tier architecture consisting of an ASP.NET back end, which provides data from Microsoft SQL Server through RIA Services, and a Silverlight front end.
DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Project Title: Telemetr-acking
Team members: Daniel Cwiertak, Michael Ehlert, Matthew Nitz, and Khun Sok
Faculty Advisor: Weidong Xiang
A report by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences estimates that as many as 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year because of medical errors. Politically driven reform has brought healthcare to the forefront of Americans' minds; one can only surmise that more affordable healthcare will result in a greater demand on medical institutions. The imminent aging of the "Baby-Boom Generation" will undoubtedly supplement this demand.
Doctors, nurses, and caregivers are already required to manage multiple tasks, work long and sometimes irregular hours, all while trying to provide the best health care possible. It is then a reasonable assertion that life-threatening mistakes are only a matter of time and will presumably increase in frequency as the demand for healthcare grows in the coming years. However, advances in technologies such as biotelemetry provide an opportunity to counteract this predictable increase in unnecessary, deadly mistakes at a reasonably low cost. Although hospitals and clinics cannot be on the forefront of modern technology (due to strict regulations and the extensive testing required for approving the use of such devices), there is room for improvement in medical care error prevention. Therefore, due diligence must be made to explore an "innovative IT-based approach to prevent errors in various medical processes by utilizing advances in radio frequency identification and wireless communications," specifically in the areas of biotelemetry and asset tracking.
There is no departmental winner from mechanical engineering. Only one project was submitted from that department.
New Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate
Engineering Professional Development announced the new offering of systems engineering as a concentration area in the Graduate Certificate Program. The program is designed for engineers and other professionals who are responsible for defining, planning, managing, and supporting large integrated systems. For more information, click on the link below.
CECS Students Recognized for Excellence
UM-Dearborn Difference Makers are at the forefront of their fields. They're improving the lives of others and making an impact here in our local communities. Nominated by faculty and staff, these individuals aren't just outstanding students and alumni, they embody academic and professional achievement, integrity, and leadership.
Please visit the following link to view the 2012 Difference Makers. Select ″College of Engineering and Computer Science″ to see the list.
weStudy App Wins Recognition in Mobile Apps Challenge
Cory Woolf had always considered himself a lone studier.
"I always thought that study groups were just an excuse to socialize, not be productive," he laughs.
But last spring, Woolf joined a study group for his accelerated Calculus II course. He quickly learned the benefits of the occasional group study: "We essentially all got free tutoring and were able to clear up most of our uncertainties," he says.
Later, when brainstorming ideas for a new project, he wondered how other students on this commuter-based campus found a group of people who wanted to study together.
Now, there's an app for that.
Woolf, an ECE major, and Brandon King, a CIS major, recently developed the weStudy app. The app is a cross-platform, global-optimized web app that allows students to easily connect with others in their classes and schedule study groups.
The app was awarded runner-up honors during the Fall 2011 Mobile Apps Challenge, which is hosted by UM Ann Arbor's Mobile Apps Center.
"With the busy schedules of most UM-Dearborn students and the fact that we attend a commuter-based campus, it made sense to try to make it easier for students to find others who were taking the same courses and wanted to study together," Woolf says.
King and Woolf began developing the app last summer. The two were participating in the Summer 2011 Ford SYNC Project together at the time.
As they brainstormed ideas and developed new features, they found motivation in the work the other would accomplish.
"I would spend a night from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. working on a feature and surprise Brandon with the working feature the day after we had discussed the need for it," Woolf says. "Then Brandon would strike back with an even larger feature the next day."
Woolf worked on the interface and frontend, while King focused on the backend of the app.
The two were open to new ideas as the project unfolded, and they found that flexibility was key to finalizing the product. They began creating a mockup in three different frameworks before landing on one that would allow for a cross-platform app, giving more students the opportunity to access the program.
The final app allows users to browse existing courses, join or create a group, schedule a meeting time and place, and receive notifications when others have joined the group.
The team received an iPad as an award and a congratulatory letter from the 2011 Mobile Apps Challenge.
"The panel of five judges rated your app based on its creativity, utility and innovativeness," the letter read, "finding it to be an exemplary example of innovation at the University of Michigan." The panel included experts from UM, Apple and Google.
ECE associate professor Paul Watta and CIS associate professor Brahim Medjahed supervised the team. Roger Shulze, director of the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems, and James Brailean, CEO of PacketVideo and a 1985 graduate of UM-Dearborn, provided additional feedback on the project.
Interested in learning more about the app? Watch the weStudy YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg1-5NE4rl0) or try the app online.
Advancing the Electric Vehicle
The University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) has received million from the U.S. Department of Energy's Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) initiative to establish an enhanced graduate program through the newly created Center for Electric Drive Transportation.
The Center for Electric Drive Transportation will build upon the college's existing doctoral and master's degree programs in automotive systems engineering as well as upon faculty expertise and research achievements in electric drive vehicles. CECS faculty members have expertise in battery-electric vehicles, extended-range electric vehicles, hybrid-electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles.
"I am very excited about this opportunity," said Chris Mi, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) who is leading the CECS initiative. "This is a big recognition of our past work in the area of electric and hybridelectric vehicles. It will enhance greatly our existing graduate programs in automotive systems engineering."
The GATE grant will support five or more graduate student fellowships during the next five years and will allow a minimum of twenty graduate students to be trained through the program, Mi said. At least seven new graduate courses will be developed in power electronics, energy storage, and energy conversion systems. Four existing courses in the powertrain and vehicle electronics concentrations will be revised.
A number of new subjects, such as vibration, reliability, power management, and thermal management of electric drive vehicles will be supported by the grant, Mi said. Faculty members from three departments will guide electric drive vehicle research projects with the assistance of graduate students. The goal of the research is to develop technologies that will accelerate the commercialization of electric drive vehicles.
Faculty members will also collaborate in curriculum development, laboratory improvement, graduate research and capstone project supervision, research proposal development, and other center activities.
DOE's GATE initiative will award $6.4 million over the course of five years to support seven centers of excellence at American colleges, universities, and university-affiliated research institutions. The awardees will focus on three critical automotive technology areas: hybrid propulsion, energy storage, and lightweight materials.
In addition to the graduate program, the Center for Electric Drive Transportation plans to develop short courses and seminars to train practicing engineers.
"We have strong industry support," said Mi, who added that the center may benefit from cost sharing from industry partners. "We see this as an opportunity to expand our relationships with the automotive industry and build sustained research and education in this area. The graduate students who will be trained in this program will be in high demand by the automotive industry."
For more information about the new GATE center, contact Chris Mi at email@example.com.
Seminar on Electric, Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
The GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is pleased to offer a three-day training seminar for the GATE partner companies. The seminar will be held March 1416 on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus.
In response to ever-increasing energy demands and environmental concerns, the global automotive industry is heavily engaged in developing clean-vehicle technologies. Transportation electrification provides the most promising near- and mid-term solution. This includes hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and pure electric vehicles. Fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions are achieved through engine downsizing, regenerative braking, reduced engine idle/low-speed consumption, and optimized engine operations. In addition, fossil fuels can be replaced by clean electricity for plug-in hybrid or pure-electric vehicles.
Automobile hybridization and electrification technologies are still evolving. As a result, there is an increased demand for expertise in this area. The GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation has been created in response to this demand.
A series of graduate courses and short courses are being developed to address industry needs. Electric, Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles is the first in a series of short courses that will cover the key topics in electric drive vehicles, including fundamentals of electric drive vehicles; topology and dynamics of the hybrid powertrain; motors and power electronics; intelligent power management; thermal management; battery management systems; noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH); and reliability, diagnostics, and prognostics.
Examples and case studies are included for all topics. The course is offered at a cost of $99 for participants from partnering organizations and companies. The public offering cost for the short course is $1,395.
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Making the Cut
Engineering students from UM-Dearborn's Intelligent Systems Club (ISC) overcame the oddsand an electrical fireto place second and win ,500 in the eighth annual ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competition, held June 24 in Beavercreek, Ohio.
The annual contest, sponsored by the Institute of Navigation's Satellite Division and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, challenges university students to design and build unmanned robotic lawnmowers that navigate using GPS technology. Judges evaluate the mowers based on how rapidly and accurately they cut a field of grass.
The UM-Dearborn teamwhich included Kris Bechamp, Zak Juber, Mark Lawrence, Mel Malabanan, Mike Pearson, and Tuo Xiangentered the "Static Autonomous Mowing" category, which is held on a rectangular field with a non-moving obstacle.
During the first day of the competition, the team worked day and night to tweak the mower's software system and optimize its navigation and obstacle avoidance system. After successfully completing some practice runs, the team set its "Autonomous Grass Muncher" in the field for competition.
"Things started well, but quickly spiraled downward," says ISC President Michael Pearson, a senior computer engineering major. "The robot drifted left into the safety zone and came too close to the boundary. We were forced to activate our emergency stop and end the run."
The team quickly used its engineering skills to diagnose the problem and make some minor software adjustments. But a larger problem emerged during the mower's second run.
"Everything started great, but the mower's motor became noticeably less loud and seemed to be struggling," Pearson says. "As it neared the middle of the course, we saw smoke coming from the robot after it made its turn to avoid the obstacle."
The team stopped the run as the judges handed over a fire extinguisher. Inspection showed high current levels had melted a rubber connection cover. With just 10 minutes to decide if the mower was able to make another re-start, the team took a leap of faith and chose to take one last shot at navigating the course. After making some quick repairs, the mower was back in action.
"The mower did quite well on its third run," Pearson says. "This time, as it neared the obstacle, the motor cut out completely. We activated the emergency stop, since it was no longer cutting grass. We left it in the judges' hands. When the dust and grass clippings settled, we were very pleased to take second place."
Juber, a senior majoring in electrical and computer science, says the team's biggest challenge was overcoming the electrical problems.
"The split-second decisions that we made that day really proved our confidence in the robot we built and the faith we had in our fellow teammates," he says.
Nattu Natarajan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and ISC faculty advisor, says ISC participation in events like ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competition are an invaluable part of the UM-Dearborn experience.
"ISC work transcends courses and disciplines," Natarajan says. "The students get to experience engineering in practice and use what they've learned in class to solve complex problems. The students reach a level of maturity where they no longer think as students, but as engineers.
"Challenging events like the ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competition give a big boost to the students' self confidence. They learn how to problem-solve on their own and as a team. They also gain practical engineering sense. I'm really proud of the fact that they overcame the electrical fire and finished the race, coming in a very close second."
Juber says the ISC experience has helped him prepare for a career in robotic research and development, which he will pursue after graduating in 2012.
"I've used some awesome technologies as an ISC member," he says. "Some of the robots we built have technologies that are taught in the senior-level classes, which I've not yet taken. I not only deepened my understanding of electrical engineering, but also developed my programming skills. The knowledge and experience I gained by participating in ISC prepared me very well for the senior design projects I'll be completing over the coming semesters."
ISC Vice-President Kris Bechamp, a senior majoring in computer engineering, says the club has transformed his academic career.
"Prior to my ISC involvement, much of my curriculum had been theoretical study," he says. "Since joining the club, I've had the opportunity to extend those classroom experiences into the development of tangible products. I have a much broader view of the world of engineering, as many of the topics required by the projects in the club rely on knowledge learned outside of or beyond the undergraduate computer engineering curriculum. I've also had the opportunity to meet with industry sponsors and expand my professional network. But the most valuable experience I've gained from the club is being introduced to real-life engineering design with real-life constraints."
For more information about the ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competition, visit http://www.ion.org/satdiv/alc/. To learn more about the Intelligent Systems Club and how to become a member visit http://isc.umd.umich.edu/.
New Energy Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate
Engineering Professional Development announced the new offering of energy systems engineering as a concentration area in the Graduate Certificate Program. This certificate is ideal for professionals wanting to enhance their capabilities in dealing with sustainable energy sources, energy generation and storage, energy and environmental policies, and risk-benefit analysis. For more information, click on the link below.
″3+2″ Equals Great Partnerships
The arithmetic problem 3+2 sounds pretty simple, but at UM-Dearborn, it adds up to a lot more than five. The numbers represent two of the latest programs in longstanding joint partnerships between UM-Dearborn and two top-rated Chinese universities, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan and Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) in Shaanxi.
A nearly 10-year relationship between these universities has been extended. The new programs are virtually identical, and consist of an undergraduate student exchange program and what is known as a "3+2" program.
For the undergraduate student exchange program, qualified students from HUST and XJTU will be allowed to register as guest students in CECS for up to two semesters. UM-Dearborn will provide limited tuition scholarships to these students, and credits they earn will transfer back to HUST and XJTU.
The 3+2 program will admit qualified HUST and XJTU seniors (with three years of study at their home universities) to CECS for two more years at UM-Dearborn. These students will receive bachelor's degrees from HUST or XJTU and master's degrees from UM-Dearborn. Limited tuition scholarship will also be provided for these students.
"I want to emphasize that the HUST and XJTU students who come here are among the best students from China," says Yubao Chen, director of China Programs and professor of IMSE.
The HUST and XJTU students will arrive in fall 2011. Meanwhile, six undergraduate and five graduate HUST students came to UM-Dearborn in 2010 on a different visiting program and are doing well academically and socially.
"The past seven months studying at UM-Dearborn has been one of the greatest experiences of my life," says Tuo Xiang, a visiting HUST senior. "By joining the college's Intelligent Systems Club, I have been able to design a navigation system for a robot. Prof. Zhao, who coordinates the HUST program, has helped me with all kinds of issues that visiting students run into. Prof. Natarajan, my senior design adviser, has spent many weekends teaching me what I need to know."
"I've also met a lot of great American friends here who help me learn the culture and lifestyle. It's all been like an adventure."
The China-Dearborn academic exchange dates back to the early 1990s. Many XJTU and HUST visiting scholars, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows have come to Dearborn to work with CECS faculty. These esteemed visiting scholars and students have made tremendous contributions to CECS research programs, according to Yi Lu Murphey, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering.
"This is a great higher education model for the future, especially in these more technical fields," says Murphey. "The personal exchanges are powerful enough. But the exchange of professional and technical ideas and information multiplies the value of both."
"It's a great partnership," agrees Chen. "Certainly, it benefits the students and their home universities in China. But the addition of these top students to southeastern Michigan is a benefit for the Detroit/Dearborn area. It brings intellectual capital and also helps the economy.″
The benefits go both ways, of course. Many XJTU and HUST visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows have returned to China and have become academic leaders and university administrators.
HUST is located in Wuhan, a historical and industrial city in central China. At present, it has about 19,000 graduate students and 37,000 undergraduate students. Most students are enrolled in engineering, technology, science, medicine, and architectural design courses.
XJTU is a comprehensive research university offering programs in science, engineering, medicine, economics, management, art, law, philosophy, and education. Its major emphasis is on science and engineering. There are 30,000 full-time students and 13,000 master's and doctoral candidates.
Imagining a Better World
The task was lofty: Develop a technology that helps solve one of the world's toughest problems. But four students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science rose to meet it, dreaming up a project that would promote environmental sustainability while simultaneously helping those in need. The idea recently earned the students first place in the regional division of Microsoft's Imagine Cup Software Design Competition.
The team, made up of computer and information science students Scott Hoffman, Agu Nwosu, Margaret Pearce, and Matthew Smudz, also garnered an honorable mention in the national finals for its project.
"The skills and experiences my team members contributed to the project were some of the best I have ever encountered," Hoffman said. "I am looking forward to working with them to keep advancing our idea."
The team's project was designed to address the challenges of environmental sustainability by tapping into people's natural desire to give. Their project, dubbed "Branch&Found," used geographically aware software on mobile phones and the Internet to match people in need with suppliers who have surplus goods. People in need could use the system to search for goods, locating resources close to them―thereby eliminating transportation barriers and building community goodwill.
Microsoft established the Imagine Cup to inspire students to develop technologies to solve the world's problems. This year's theme was "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems." The contest encouraged students to incorporate one or more of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which include ensuring environmental sustainability, ending hunger and poverty, and combating widespread disease.
"The potential for our skills to help people on a large scale is thrilling," Smudz said. "When you read these horrifying statistics about how much waste we generate, your first thought isn't, 'Hey, I'm a programmer; I can help.' Now I realize that with ingenuity and teamwork, our abilities can have an enormous impact."
The students had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Microsoft engineers. They also received direct feedback on their project from two separate panels of Microsoft engineers, which was invaluable, according to the team.
"The constructive criticism was just as helpful as the overwhelming positivity and encouragement," Smudz said. In addition, the team had the opportunity to apply skills learned from coursework in potential real-world situations.
The project required submission of a promotional video, project plan, and prototype of the solution. "The project was so open ended," Pearce said. "It allowed us to do a lot of research on our own and encouraged us to come up with different solutions than we might have during typical classroom assignments."
In addition to recognition as the best team at the regional contest, each team member received an Xbox 360 console and Kinect bundle, an accessory that allows users to play games by moving their bodies rather than controllers.
But the experience was worth more than the prizes.
"The entire team is grateful for the opportunity," Nwosu said. "We're happy to have learned that while our instrument may be the computer, our responsibility is still to one another. The Imagine Cup challenge is unique in bringing such a focus on humanity to an engineering competition."
The "Branch&Found" project video can be viewed on YouTube at the link below.
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New Energy Systems Engineering Graduate Degree
The College of Engineering and Computer Science has announced its new graduate degree program in Energy Systems Engineering (ESE), starting in fall 2011.
Energy Systems Engineering is a 30 credit hour interdisciplinary master's program, designed to provide systems-based knowledge in energy engineering through four core courses and in-depth knowledge in automotive energy and distributed energy systems through six elective courses. The core courses deal with sustainable energy sources, energy generation and storage, energy and environmental policies, and risk-benefit analysis. The elective courses can be selected from a range of courses offered in mechanical, electrical and manufacturing aspects of energy engineering. The elective courses covers a variety of topics, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, alternative energy systems for vehicles, emissions, power electronics, power distribution, design and manufacturing for environment, etc.
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CSquared Innovations Wins 2011 Clean Energy Prize
A company whose technology could lead to cheaper lithium-ion batteries won the top prize of $50,000 in the 2011 Clean Energy Prize business plan competition.
The winning company, CSquared Innovations, is a start-up project based on technology developed in the lab of Pravansu Mohanty, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UM-Dearborn. CSquared Innovations has developed a faster, cheaper, laser-based method of making nano-structured materials and coatings for lithium-ion battery electrodes, solar cells, and industrial coatings. The company should launch shortly from U-M Tech Transfer's Venture Center.
Gov. Rick Snyder spoke at the awards ceremony Friday at the University of Michigan's Rackham Auditorium. ″It's great to see the intersection of three things that I love,″ Snyder told the audience that included hundreds of students. ″We're talking about innovation and entrepreneurship, we're talking about clean energy, something that is vitally important for our future. It's about economic growth, and doing it in the most responsible way possible in terms of the legacy we leave and the opportunity it provides us and the third thing is it involves students. ″To have those three things come together is really special.″
The Clean Energy Prize, established by DTE Energy and U-M in 2008, is designed to encourage entrepreneurship in Michigan and the development of clean-energy technologies. This year's contest was organized by the U-M College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship and DTE.
″The exposure and experience we've gained from the Clean Energy Prize are extremely valuable to us at this point in our business,″ said team leader Nick Moroz, a doctoral student in the U-M Ann Arbor Department of Materials Science and Engineering. ″I'm very excited to take the next step and to establish our firm as a strong cleantech presence in the Li-ion battery market and to begin creating jobs in Michigan.″
In addition to Mohanty and Moroz, other team members are Ramesh Guduru, chief scientist and Harishankar Umapathy, operations manager.
U-M President Mary Sue Coleman commended all the participants for their ideas and their energy.
″We can all be proud of the teams that competed in this statewide event, because it is a powerful statement about our collective future,″ Coleman said.
Gerard Anderson, DTE Energy president and CEO, said this year's competition exceeded expectations in several ways.
″With a starting field of 23 teams representing seven Michigan colleges, the competition has achieved a scale that we had hoped for but did not anticipate reaching in just three years. Also, the quality of the proposals and the talent of the students continue to surprise and impress us,″ Anderson said.
Previous Clean Energy Prize winners continue to build their businesses.
Algal Scientific, the 2008 winner, has raised more than $300,000 in cash and in-kind services to support its technology that uses algae to simultaneously treat wastewater and produce the raw materials for biofuels. The company employs nearly a dozen staff and technical advisers and is deploying a demonstration-scale wastewater treatment plant at an industrial facility in Ohio.
Enertia, the 2009-2010, winner, is continuing to develop and refine their tiny generators that produce electricity from random ambient vibrations. The company has demonstrated a second-generation prototype that can turn vibrations from traffic on a suspension bridge into useable electricity.
Three other teams were honored in the 2011 contest. Team Smart Energy, out of U-M, won second prize and $25,000 for its innovative financing model to retrofit municipal buildings for energy efficiency savings. Team Impact Card, also out of U-M, won third and $10,000 for its first-of-its-kind funding mechanism that aggregates consumer credit card reward points as project financing for renewable energy development. Team Perennial BioEnergy, out of Western Michigan University, finished fourth and received $7,000 for its plan to develop a pennycress-based biodiesel industry.
Contest sponsors include The Masco Corporation Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, UBS Investment Bank, Google, Huron River Ventures and GM Ventures. In addition to the Center for Entrepreneurship, other U-M groups involved in organizing the contest are the Ross School of Business's student organization Ross Energy Club, the Business Engagement Center, the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Pravansu Mohanty, professor of mechanical engineering, recently was honored for his innovative approach for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. His process could make the batteries more affordableand a better option for powering consumer electric vehicles.
Mohanty was one of eight researchers selected to display their inventions on September 29 at the University of Michigan's 10th annual Celebrate Invention event. The program celebrates the accomplishments of U-M researchers, who reported 290 new inventions, assisted with 97 agreements, and established 10 new start-up ventures during fiscal year 2010. More than 400 U-M researchers, local entrepreneurs, and area leadersincluding Michigan Governor-elect Rick Snyderattended.
Mohanty's start-up venture, CSquared Innovations, is deploying a laser-assisted atmospheric plasma deposition technology, which offers a high-speed, cost-effective, and highly scalable platform approach to the synthesis of nanostructured materials and films for large-area lithium-ion battery electrodes, photovoltaic materials, and industrial coatings. In addition, CSquared will manufacture custom monolithic, conformal lithium-ion batteries that operate at high temperatures, show superior energy density, and utilize a solid electrolyte, which mitigates safety issues associated with existing batteries.
"At the platform level, CSquared's technology brings battery material synthesis and cell manufacturing onto a common platform" Mohanty said. "Materials synthesis and cell manufacturing
are presently two separate, capital-intensive manufacturing processes, often engaged in by two
separate entities, often in different countries. In consolidating synthesis and cell manufacturing,
CSquared provides unprecedented capital efficiency and cell design flexibility."
CSquared Innovations was also one of four U-M startup companies to take home prizes in one of the nation's largest business plan competitions, held Saturday, December 11. The four companies were among 50 semi-finalists in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, which received nearly 600 entries. CSquared placed first in the advanced manufacturing track and won the ,000 Next Gen Manufacturing award. The competition targets business startups with the potential to generate an immediate impact on Michigan's economy.
"These activities are excellent opportunities to connect with members of the community, allowing us to bridge the gap between the laboratory and the marketplace," said Subrata Sengupta, dean. "This is key to developing Michigan's economy, and I am very proud that Prof. Mohanty's work was recognized at these high-profile events."
CSquared Innovations, based in Farmington, Michigan, is seeking commercial partners and capital to scale up this niche manufacturing platform. The company now employs three people, but Mohanty said he plans to expand to 10 people within the next year.
UM-Dearborn Forms Engineering Partnership with ALHOSN University
The College of Engineering and Computer Science is forming a partnership with ALHOSN University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, that will foster mutual cooperation in education and research as well as support academic and scientific goals at both universities.
The affiliation will provide the framework needed for the faculty of ALHOSN and UM-Dearborn to begin collaborating on ideas while exploring common interests between each other's engineering programs.
The cooperative agreement aims to create exchange opportunities for students and faculty as well as collaborative curriculums, programs, and teaching materials.
The partnership was celebrated during an official ceremony on November 23 when Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, vice chancellor and CEO of ALHOSN University, visited campus to meet with Chancellor Daniel Little, CECS Dean Subrata Sengupta and Elsayed Orady, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.
Orady played a key role in cultivating the partnership with ALHOSN University after a visit to its campus earlier this year.
"This cooperative agreement will allow us to build a stronger relationship with ALHOSN faculty members and develop an academic and cultural interchange that focuses on education and research," Orady said.
ALHOSN University is a modern private university in the city of Abu Dhabi, accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates, and open to students from all nationalities. ALHOSN University started offering its academic programs in the 2005, and has been gradually expanding in terms of programs and number of students.
"Partnerships like this one are very important to us," said Sengupta. "Not only does it strengthen UM-Dearborn's international outreach but it also enhances the educational experience of engineering students at our campus and ALHOSN University by giving them another opportunity to study abroad and employ innovative teaching models and state-of-the-art instructional materials at our institutions."
"We at ALHOSN University are looking forward to developing this affiliation with UM-Dearborn and to working together on engineering projects that will benefit both universities," said Sabouni. "This international collaboration will provide our faculty and students with innovative teaching and research opportunities and to implement our university mottoGlobal Knowledge with Local Vision."
New Gadget for Dynamic HIV Testing
Click on the link to the Medical News Today article (below) to read about the research being conducted by Ali El Kateeb, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, to improve HIV testing devices.
2010 Alumni Award Recipients
Please join us in congratulating the 2010 alumni award recipients from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Ms. Janet Hall ('68 BSE-EE, '90 MBA), former head of the engine manufacturing development office at Ford Motor Company, received the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Mr. Robert Lust (\'78 BSE-ME), former engineering group manager in GM's advanced vehicle development organization, was selected for the 2010 Alumni Service Award from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Mr. Joseph LaRussa ('99 BSE-EE, '03 MS-EM, MSE-ASE), membership director, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, was given the 2010 Alumni Service Award from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Mr. Ledian Dibra ('08 BSE-CE, BSE-EE), an associate engineer at DTE Energy, was chosen to receive the 2010 Young Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
For the award winners' biographical information, visit http://www.umd.umich.edu/alumniawards/.
Professor Collaborates on Air Pollution Study
New Program and Project Management Graduate Degree
The College of Engineering and Computer Science has announced its new graduate degree program in program and project management (PPM), starting in fall 2010.
Nationwide, there is an increasing demand for skilled and experienced professionals who can develop, deploy, and manage locally and globally developed programs in a timely and efficient manner. The M.S. in PPM is a 30-semester-hour graduate degree program designed to address this growing need. It is suitable for technical professionals from various industries (e.g., engineering, information technology, military, government, healthcare, energy, and transportation) who need to deepen their understanding of program and project management and would like to make a transition from team members to program managers.
The M.S. in PPM program is designed to provide a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the foundation of program and project management. While principles and theories are explained, the emphasis of the program is on how to apply them in order to efficiently plan and organize resources so that programs are completed on schedule and on budget, with high-quality results. "This degree program is ideal for professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective outcomes," says Armen Zakarian, chair of the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE) department, which houses the program.
Alumni who have graduated from a Rackham program may be able to elect a student-initiated dual degree program. For more information or inquiries, visit http://www.engin.umd.umich.edu/IMSE/grad_prog or email the IMSE department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four New Graduate Certificate Programs Announced
Engineering Professional Development (in collaboration with the electrical and computer engineering department) is offering four new graduate certificate programs: Electric Energy Technology, Embedded System-on-Chip Design, Intelligent Systems in Engineering Applications, and Multimedia Engineering. Courses for these new areas of concentration are available on campus and via distance learning. For more information about these programs, please click on the homepage link below.
Designed for Success
Last year, UM-Dearborn's Formula SAE team finished in ninth place among the 100 teams competing at the FSAE Collegiate Design Series event at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan. It was an incredible achievement for the team. They had hoped just to place in the top 30.
So, what could be better than placing ninth? How about placing eighth out of 120 teams?
That was what this year's team, led by graduating senior Roland Dibra, managed to do at MIS this year.
"We knew we had done well," Dibra says of the team as they awaited announcement of the winners at this year's event, called "FSAE Michigan," held May 12-15. "But we were unsure how well, because so many other teams had done great and were capable of being in the top 10. Our team members could barely contain their joy. We knew that the rewards had finally paid off for the countless hours invested and many consecutive days without sleep."
Those days of hard work and long hours―preparation―are what made the difference. "Because they had done so well last year, a lot of the team members returning this year were very motivated to improve and place even higher," says Taehyun Shim, associate professor of mechanical engineering and faculty advisor to the FSAE team. "Before that, we had never even been in the top ten. So they started planning much earlier, right after last year's competition."
The team's preparation began with a good plan and a rigid schedule, Dibra says. "It was essential to have a clear goal in mind for the competition, and feasible and achievable objectives for the performance of the car as a whole, and of individual systems."
The initial steps were brainstorming and research, working to improve the 2009 model. Adjustments and testing were done; new parts were installed and tested. One such system was the entire intake manifold system, Dibra says.
Different team members worked on different systems―design and fabrication of bodywork, the frame, the steering and suspension system, the driveline, the braking system, intake/exhaust, gas tanks, the cooling system, the electrical system, and other systems. After last year's competition, the team decided on certain goals to improve that vehicle's performance.
Dibra says all of the goals were met.
"Specifically, the power output from the engine was increased by 14.5 percent, mainly due to the redesigned intake, which weighed 60 percent less than the previous system; and the overall weight of the vehicle was 378 pounds, including coolant/oil and gas), a decrease of five percent."
Another major improvement from last year's entry was the team's design presentation.
"We were quite amazed to learn we had made it to the design semi-finals," Dibra says, "after a 45 minute initial interview/presentation to five judges.
"It was fantastic," Shim says. That was a testament to the team's technical prowess, he says. "You have to design everything, but you also have to show why you're choosing each particular design and provide all the data for the judges. So, from that perspective, they did very well."
This is especially impressive considering UM-Dearborn's overall ranking after the team's last three FSAE competitions. The team placed 161st overall in the world just two years ago, after the 2008 competition. In 2009, they jumped 90 positions to 71st, and this year jumped to 27th place in the world.
All in all, it was a most satisfying event for the entire team. "The rewards are not only seen and enjoyed with a successful finish at an FSAE event, but we also increased our knowledge and skill, which is the ultimate experience we can ask for as students, and are thus grateful for the university's support," Dibra says.
This year's FSAE team members were: Graduating seniors Roland Dibra, Geoff Turner, Joseph Fricano, Michael Bustamante, Jason Dunn, and Chase Goodin; graduate students Eric Stancato and Steve Dietz; senior Joseph Confer; and juniors David Hnatio, Shawn Proctor, Emily Sharpe, and Mark Bajor
UM-Dearborn Difference Makers
Nahush Joshi, a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, made a request of his co-op employer. He didn't ask for a job. He asked the firm, Xilinx, of Albuquerque, New Mexico to match donations raised through fundraisers for two charities, Child Rights and You (CRY) and Asha for Education.
"I am fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to the community at large," Joshi said. "For me, the best is being successful and also giving back."
Joshi is one of six College of Engineering and Computer Science students honored as "Difference Makers" as part of the UM-Dearborn's 50th anniversary. Fifty students campus-wide were chosen for the honor in recognition of academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and creative contributions.
Joshi, in addition to working with charitable organizations that seek to secure food and education for children in India, is an energetic member of two honor societies, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He tutors students, volunteers to teach first-graders, and receives outstanding student evaluations from his supervisors at Xilinx, said Anthony DeLaRosa, director of the CECS cooperative education program.
"Nahush is an extraordinary young man who is responsible and mature beyond his years," said DeLaRosa, who nominated Joshi for the award. "I have seen many examples of his initiative and willingness to engage his peers and have been impressed by his persistence and work ethic."
The five other CECS students recognized as Difference Makers were:
Roland Dibra, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, engineering math, and German language, manages the college's Formula SAE and Mini Baja racing teams. He is president of the UM-Dearborn Society of Automotive Engineers chapter and has represented CECS as student government senator. He is also active in the Student and Academic Affairs Committee, the Albanian-American Student Organization, and Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society.
Kirit Patel, a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering and computer and information science, has served as president of both the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies and acted as vice president for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He tutors students in programming and has even filled in as a substitute for a week in two programming classes when the professor was away.
DeLean Tolbert, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, has held office for four years in the National Society of Black Engineers, helped to organize the first and second MLK Birthday Marches, and worked as a math and English tutor. She is also a founding member of Voices of Triumph, the UM-Dearborn Gospel Choir, and is very active in her church. She has joined three honor societies and has received many scholarships and awards.
Jessica Turner, a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while volunteering for many non-profits and student organizations. She helped run activities for Girls' Engineering Exploration Day, directed a high school science Olympiad, worked in the South Oakland Homeless Shelter, and joined three professional organizations and three honor societies.
Ziad Yousif, a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering, holds a 3.95 grade point average while working to teach young children about the Catholic faith through a youth program at St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church. He is treasurer of the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society and co-founder and president of Life Matters, an anti-abortion group on campus.
These students were honored during the Student Leadership Awards on Wednesday, April 14. Each received a certificate and a 50th anniversary gift.
One Million PHEVs by 2015
$1-million Chrysler award will help realize President Obama's challenge
In August 2009, President Barack Obama unveiled an unprecedented investment as part of a massive, 4-billion effort to accelerate the manufacturing and deployment of hybrid electric vehicles and new-generation batteries and to save or create thousands of jobs. The goal is to get 1 million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on the road by 2015.
The University of Michigan Dearborn will be part of this historic effort. Chrysler Group LLC, which received million of the federal grant monies, has awarded Chris Mi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, .1 million for his proposed, ″Ram Pickup Truck PHEV Development and Demonstration Project.
The .4 billion investment is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
\\'I feel very excited and also fortune because we\\'re the only major development partner on this project,\\' Mi says, ″and the only university to work with an OEM on such a project. Mi\\'s research role includes the development of a state-of-the-art power electronics laboratory for PHEV power-converter, battery-pack, and e-motor testing and characterization; battery management and control development; evaluation of PHEV on-road performance; charger development, testing, and validation; a power panel for battery control and charger interface; and much more.
This research is an integral part of Chrysler\\'s overall project titled \\'Advancing Transportation through Vehicle Electrification PHEV. UM-Dearborn is one of many partners in the projects, but a key leader in that it will conduct research and develop systems and products. Many of the other partners are municipalities around the country that will be involved more in demonstration than in research and development.
UM-Dearborn is uniquely suited to this role, Mi says. \\'We have been working toward the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for many years specifically in battery management, vehicle control, power electronics, and electric motors. We have also worked with Chrysler on their recent PHEV development.\\'
Mi\\'s proposal calls for a Ram Crew 1500 that is the only plug-in hybrid truck available and the only full-sized truck with advanced technology partial zero emission, among other features. The truck would have a next-generation lithium ion battery with charge times of two to four hours at 220 volts, or four to six hours at 110 volts; a full hybrid system function without plug-in; a range of 655 miles; and a regenerative braking system.
\\'Power management will be one of the key challenges in this development how you minimize fuel consumption for different driver behavior and different driving scenarios with a fixed battery pack,\\' Mi explains. \\'Another challenge is the safety and reliability of the vehicle system with a large, lithium ion battery pack.\\'
The specific goal that Mi\\'s research will help accomplish is what U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu in August called the launch of an advanced battery industry in America that will result in the creation of tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. battery and automotive industries.
Auto-industry-rich southeast Michigan is the launching pad for much of this effort, and UM-Dearborn is well-located to be involved and to help boost the local economy during this time of transition.
″As our work evolves into the electrification of vehicles, we'll create several thousand jobs, at a minimum,″ Mi says. ″And there also will be continuing efforts to get people attracted to this new technology. In fact, as part of this entire effort to put PHEVs on the road, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and Kettering University have received .5 million to create training and education programs for green mobility.″
In SYNC with Ford
Two professors and six students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science help to develop apps for Ford Motor Company\'s new SYNC application programming interface
Six engineering students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn were invited to be among the first developers to adapt Ford Motor Company's new SYNC application programming interface (API) for in-car voice-controlled Smartphone mobile apps.
Under the direction of Brahim Medjahed, assistant professor of computer and information science at UM-Dearborn, and Paul Watta, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UM-Dearborn, students Kristopher Bechamp, Samip Desai, Matt Hartzel, Brandon King, Ed Malinowski and Rob Muir were granted use of Ford\'s Developers\' License, becoming the world\'s first SYNC app developers and creating two SYNC-enabled mobile applications using SYNC APIs.
And, the student-created apps adhere to automotive safety standards through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation.
″This was a wonderful way for our students to gain invaluable real-world experience,″ said Medjahed. ″They had the opportunity to participate in a collaborative research project with a global enterprise as significant as Ford while developing their entrepreneurial skills. The students learned how to think fast and learn fast. They also developed new technical skills such as programming to cars and mobile computing.″
Medjahed and Watta submitted a proposal to Ford to work on the project, which was funded as part of the Ford Michigan Alliance Program, and once accepted, discussed the opportunity with potential students before selecting six from the CIS and ECE departments, five of which are undergraduates.
″This was a fast-track project,″ Medjahed said. ″We were able to develop and demonstrate a proof-of-concept to Ford in three months. We were fortunate to work with very good students and received tremendous support from College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean Subrata Sengupta and Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education and Practice Director John Cristiano to buy the equipment needed for this project.″
Beginning the project, the students visited the iPhone App Store to winnow down the roughly 100,000 active apps to those that would be relevant for in-car use. Hoping to modify an existing app, the next hurdle was gaining access to the source code behind the apps. Legal restrictions, extensive developer agreements and the short timeline forced a reality check: None of the readily available open-source software was applicable to the in-vehicle scenario. So the students scrapped the initial plan to modify an existing app, and instead collaborated on their own applications for SYNC--built from scratch.
Ford developers had already been working on an API, internally referred to as ″SYNCLink,″ allowing connectivity between mobile device applications and the vehicle interface. The students sorted through more than 100 different concepts with the Ford API team, finally narrowing their focus to two areas; audio infotainment (internet music, news and talk show streaming sites) and GPS location-based navigation services. The resulting apps included a mash-up of infotainment features codenamed \″SYNCcast\″ and \″FollowMe.\″ SYNCcast lets users enjoy Internet radio in the vehicle. The navigation app called \″FollowMe\″ allows two or more friends to follow a lead vehicle to a location without the need to physically follow each other, thanks to GPS turn-by-turn directions transmitted from the leader to the followers and read aloud to the drivers.
″These apps allow the driver to access this added functionality in a safe way,″ Watta said. ″It\'s one thing to be able to enjoy Internet radio in a car; it\'s another to be able to do it in a safe way traveling 60-plus miles per hour.″
The work done through Ford\'s collaboration with UM-Dearborn is expected to lead to a planned 2010 release of the full open API to trusted developer partners.
″It was an excellent learning experience for our students to be involved in a high profile project like this,″ Watta said. ″They did a great job under very stringent time constraints. Students were encouraged to think like an entrepreneur, identify a real need, find a solution, and develop a product in a short amount of time. We are proud of the hard work the students put in and what they achieved.″
Building a Better Body
Research funded by the U.S. Navy may bring custom prosthetics and implants to market on demand
A human limb is about as personal as it gets. Each one has its quirks: The way a foot rolls during walking, the way a hip-joint bends. But in the world of medical implants and prosthetics, limbs come down to some basic sizes: small or narrow and large or wide.
That's what Pravansu Mohanty, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is trying to change. His research-which is funded by a four-year, 5-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Navy-focuses on developing systems to manufacture medical implants and prosthetics that are custom-designed for each individual patient.
″The implants that we have now don't factor individual differences into their design,″ Mohanty said. ″Even if my lifestyle is different than yours, we are still stuck with the same implant. What may be optimal for me may not be optimal for you. The goal here is to fit the implant to the patient, not the patient to the implant, and improve the stability, load transfer to the proximal components, and restoration of normal geometry of the body.″
Using computer software that translates CT images into three-dimensional CAD models, Mohanty is working, essentially, to build better bodies directly from the CAD image and a material design -and to do it more quickly than conventional practices allow.
Currently, prostheses are custom made though a series of manual steps: a patient's measurements are taken and a mold is made, Mohanty said. The patient is given a prototype to test. Once adjustments are made, the final prosthetic limb is manufactured. The overall process is labor intensive and lengthy.
The new technologies Mohanty is developing would allow a prosthesis to be designed from a scanned image of an existing limb. If both limbs have been amputated, then computer models can be made from photographs and other available information.
Mohanty's process considers variables that will provide patients with better fit, better functionality, and more durable prosthetics. The goal of his work is to improve stability and to restore the normal function of the body, he said.
Another advantage of this new approach is that prostheses could be manufactured within hours. The process is so quick that a patient could potentially be fitted with a prosthesis before they are brought out of the medically induced coma that typically follows amputation, Mohanty said. This could be particularly helpful for soldiers who are coping with posttraumatic stress syndrome after losing a limb.
In addition to permanent implants, Mohanty is also developing biodegradable implants. The implants would be made of materials that would stimulate new cell growth, essentially providing a framework to which the new cells could attach themselves.
As new bone grows, the framework dissolves.
″Usually what happens if someone has a hip problem is that we basically stick a piece of metal in there, which becomes a permanent part of the body,″ Mohanty said. ″A biodegradable approach would leave patients with a new bone at the end of the recuperation process. This natural bone should improve function.″
Mohanty's work is still in its early stages. He expects it to enter the FDA approval process within five years. Once that phase is completed, these new technologies could potentially move to the market.
Big Win in Brooklyn for Formula SAE Team
UM-Dearborn's Formula SAE Team Nabs 9th Place out of 100 Teams
Roland Dibra and his team knew the odds as they arrived in Brooklyn, Michigan, for the SAE Collegiate Design Series event at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) May 13″'16.
There were 100 teams competing from all over the world. Most had many more members on their teams and more money-a lot more money. But Dibra and his teammates representing the University of Michigan-Dearborn had something money can't buy: confidence and experience. The result? The team placed an astonishing 9th place overall.
″We were shooting to be in the top 20,″ said Dibra, team captain and president of UM-Dearborn's SAE chapter, which includes both the Formula One and Mini Baja teams. ″To even be in the top 30 is amazing. Some of our younger members don't realize how competitive this event is.″
In separate events leading up to the overall ranking, the team placed extremely high as well. The vehicle ranked 4th in overall powertrain performance (including speed and efficiency), 6th in both endurance and endurance/fuel economy, 8th in cost and in fuel economy, and 9th in autocross.
About 2,000 students in all competed in the MIS event, which is an educational competition that challenges university undergraduate and graduate engineering students to design, build, and compete in scaled-down, Formula-style autocross race cars, according to the MIS website. Only three similarly-sized competitions are held in the U.S. each year; the other two are in Virginia and California.
Dibra said the key to their great showing at MIS-and at an earlier event, the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) competition in April-was what the team members learned in last year's competitions, and their hard work to make adjustments.
″We knew we could improve a lot. This was the second year we were running the Yamaha Genesis 80FI two-cylinder engine,″ says Dibra, 22, a senior double-majoring in mechanical engineering and engineering mathematics. ″It comes from a Phazer snowmobile and has a continuously variable transmission (CVT), so there are no gears to shift. This allows the driver to just concentrate on the course and the corners. There are very, very few teams that run this kind of transmission. They don't have much faith in it. We were the first team ever to be in the top 10 with a CVT, so we've proven our design in that regard.″
″Also, from last year we lost about 31 pounds, so weight was to our advantage. Our total vehicle weight was 398 pounds. Head judges were amazed at our car's performance. We showed that our simple, economic, lightweight design just works, and works well enough to keep up with teams that put hundreds of thousands of dollars into their organization.″
Dibra said the team started the year off well when it was one of just 23 of 42 teams registered at the VIR competition to have their cars finished in time to compete. They placed 1st in cost and 10th place overall. But the VIR event was important because ″that allowed us to see where and how to improve for the MIS event. Our long, countless hours and many consecutive days without sleep finally paid off,″ Dibra said.
″It was really exciting,″ said Taehyun Shim, associate professor of mechanical engineering and faculty advisor to the SAE teams. ″I think our car was very well designed, very well manufactured-compact, very light and effective.″
Winning is exciting, Dibra said, but equally exciting is the chance to meet other teams. ″Teams go around and visit other teams, talk about different designs, so there's a lot of engineering networking going around, a lot of information being shared. It's great. You see young engineers from all over the world.″
2009 Formula SAE Team Members:
Roland Dibra, Geoff Turner, David Hnatio, Erik Stancato, Steve Dietz, Jim Szymusiak, Mathew Letizio, Mike Bustamante, Katie Samson, Cortney Edwards, Joseph Fricano, Shawn Proctor, Nick Evans, Chase Goodin, Scott Andrusiak, Sara Grabowski, and Mark Bayor
Ford Challenge Grant Awarded for Campus of Hope Project
Ford Grant Offers Opportunity to Pilot Engineering Solutions in Virtual World
Imagine a world where engineering students could help a food bank improve its distribution methods. Or perhaps one where people could visually see how their donation to a food bank travels through the system to reach people in need. Thanks to a 100,000-dollar Ford College Community Challenge grant, the College of Engineering and Computer Science is going to build that world in a virtual environment.
Second Life is an online, 3-D virtual world created by people who participate in it. Since it went public in 2003, the online community has grown explosively. People and institutions from all over the world are using Second Life for creativity, collaboration, commerce, and entertainment.
Now, with this grant, the University of Michigan-Dearborn is poised to use Second Life to make the real world we live in a better place. The project, called ″Campus of Hope,″ is a partnership between the Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education and Practice (HP-CEEP) and Gleaners Community Food Bank.
″This project presents a unique opportunity to develop practical, real-world solutions to the challenges faced by community food banks,″ said John Cristiano, director of HP-CEEP. ″It gives our students and faculty an opportunity to apply theory to practice-which is at the core of our center's mission. And, importantly, we hope to raise awareness of the very important role our food banks fulfill in the community.″
Ultimately, the goal is to pilot solutions in the virtual world that will be come practical applications in the real world. Students in senior design courses will manage these projects. Over time, the Campus of Hope will expand to include other community organizations consistent with the Ford Motor Company Fund pillars.
To start, the college will develop and implement a video streaming system that allows meetings to take place simultaneously in real life and Second Life. Two other projects will help to raise awareness about the importance of food banking. One will educate people using the 3-D environment about how their donations travel through the system to reach people in need. Another project will create a virtual exhibit showcasing the food bank's needs and the benefits of collaboration in a virtual environment.
Using Second Life as a test bed has a number of benefits. It allows people from all over the world to work together in real time to find solutions to a problem. The virtual environment also serves as a repository that can be manipulated as circumstances change. Educators can also use it for case studies.
″Although Second Life is a computer environment, you can create avatars-or graphic representations of people-that can offer a realistic portrayal of the people the food banks serve, thus inspiring of empathy on the part of visitors,″ said Bruce Maxim, associate professor of computer and information science. ″Second Life is used by millions of people around the world. It has tremendous power to educate and influence people.″
PHEV Battery-Charging Technology Development
PHEV Battery-Charging Technology Development Part of Five-Million-Dollar Collaborative Grant
Chris Mi, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is one of a dozen University of Michigan faculty members working on a five-million-dollar Michigan Public Service Commission grant to help bring the promise of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) to fruition. The research brings DTE Energy, General Motors Corporation, and the University of Michigan together in collaboration.
″Industry identifies problems and needs; academia find the solutions,″ Mi said.
Specifically, Mi is working to identify the best ways to charge PHEV batteries, both in terms of safety and efficiency. The battery pack in a PHEV contains many lithium ion battery cells. Lithium ion batteries are ideally suited for PHEV applications due to their high energy density and high power density. But they suffer from cycle life loss and capacity loss if not managed properly. Mi is working to develop a battery management system that will ensure all battery cells are charged and discharged evenly to protect the cells from damage, prolong the battery life, and maximize the battery capacity.
In addition, Mi is working to identify charging solutions for the home and for public utilities. For shopping centers, airports and other public spaces, the goal is to develop a fast charging unit that can quickly charge a PHEV battery in 10 to 20 minutes. Home outlets typically take three to four hours to charge a PHEV battery.
″Thermal management of the charger electronics and battery pack during fast charging is critical,″ he said. ″We will develop advanced thermal management and control algorithms to ensure the safe operation of the charger and the battery system.″
Mi is looking at innovations that would allow a PHEV to serve as a back-up generator for a home during a power outage, using either energy stored in the battery pack or electricity generated by the onboard engine/generator. It will also ensure that PHEVs don't produce a power surge that could damage the home's electrical infrastructure or the vehicle's battery. He is also working with other team members who are integrating a smart communication device to ping the utility before a battery charge to ensure there's enough energy to support it. Otherwise, the batteries may cause blackouts because of high pre-rush hour demand.
In addition, Mi is working on safety measures that will protect people from electrical shock.
″We have to make sure the power from the grid is isolated from the car,″ he said. ″We have to ensure there is no possibility of a leak.″
Mi's work, which will take place during the next two years, is funded by a 485,000-dollar allocation from the overall Michigan Public Service Commission grant, of which 2.2 million dollars went to the University of Michigan.
CECS Ph.D. Programs
The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is announcing the offering of two Ph.D. degree programs: Automotive Systems Engineering and Information Systems Engineering, starting in Fall 2009. Both Ph.D. programs are designed for engineers who will lead future research and development and become technical specialists in a variety of advanced and emerging technology fields, including lightweight materials, crush-resistant structures, vehicle safety and environmental regulations, hybrid vehicles, energy systems such as fuel cells, intelligent control systems, telematics, human-machine interactions, global manufacturing logistics, semantic web, transportation and manufacturing networks, multimedia, and entertainment technology. Both part-time and full-time students will be admitted into the programs. Classes will be held in the evenings for the convenience of working engineers. For further information, please contact Prof. P. K. Mallick by e-mail (email@example.com ) or by phone (313-593-5119). The details of both programs are also available on www.engin.umd.umich.edu/PhD.
John Junge Gives 350,000 Dollars to Endow Scholarship
When John Junge was applying to college as a teenager in Jackson, Michigan, he assumed he would have to go to community college first because of financial constraints. But he won a scholarship to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor instead. After learning about the Dearborn campus's cooperative education program, he transferred so he could earn money in his chosen profession while finishing his studies.
Now he's giving back. Junge, a member of the class of 1964, recently announced a 350,000-dollar gift to establish a scholarship for high school students who want to major in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
″Being privileged to attend the University of Michigan is a blessing, and it's a further blessing sometimes to be able to give,″ Junge said via video at an event honoring him with a Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize his leadership, community service, and personal accomplishments. ″So I'm announcing here today the endowment of the Junge Family Scholarship to study industrial engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.″
In recognition of his roots, the Junge Family Scholarship will be directed toward qualifying students from the state of Michigan and from the Jackson area, if applicable. Junge owns All-Star Inc., a San Diego-based company that provides management and operations service to government and military facilities in 18 states and Germany.
The Junge family has previously made other gifts to the university, most notably to the athletics programs. The Junge Family Champions Center in Ann Arbor is named in their honor.
Fall 2008 Program and Project Management Graduate Certificate
Engineering Professional Development announces the new offering of program and project management as a concentration area in the Graduate Certificate Program. This certificate is ideal for professionals wanting to enhance their capabilities in managing complex projects and achieving cost-effective results.
For more information, please visit http://www.engin.umd.umich.edu/EPD/cert_programs.php.
Anthony and Carole Fielek Establish Endowed Scholarship
He was going to be an engineer; she was going to be a teacher. They met in a computer class at UM-Dearborn, married a year after graduation, and have been married 43 years since.
And now, Anthony and Carole Fielek have established an endowed scholarship to help today's students. Thanks to a 100,000 contribution to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the Fieleks will be making life a little bit easier for students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Education.
″We're trying to make sure promising students can at least get a little bit of help,″ said Anthony Fielek, who graduated in 1964 with a bachelor's of science in electrical engineering.
The merit-based scholarships will benefit engineering or education students who are in financial need, said Michael Stein, director of development for CECS. Carole Fielek graduated from the School of Education in 1964. She went on to obtain her Ph.D. and become the head of the math department at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn.
Anthony Fielek held a number of management jobs, eventually retiring from Robert Bosch as vice president of strategic planning for North America. He holds an M.B.A. and a law degree-both of which he completed at night school while working.
Fielek said the couple made the decision to establish the scholarship after talking to students who were having trouble affording tuition. He said he remembered working through college, making just enough money to pay his bills and buy a car.
″We've been reflecting back on our time when we were students going to college. The only way I got through it was working-and ultimately, getting a good co-op program,″ he said. ″I was lucky. My wife wasn't driven off by the fact that when I'd invited her for coffee, she'd buy half the time.″
Alumnus Honors Professor with Named Scholarship Fund
When Professor George Kurajian joined the University of Michigan-Dearborn's School of Engineering (now the College of Engineering and Computer Science) in 1964, he was assigned a student assistant: Roy Rennolds.
Rennolds learned a lot from Kurajian. And now, four decades later, Rennolds is giving back: He recently established a scholarship named for Kurajian, who retired in 1990.
″I received a quality education at UM-Dearborn, largely due to the work and dedication of the instructors I had,″ Rennolds said. ″When the idea of an endowed scholarship fund came up, I just thought of Professor Kurajian. It was natural to name it for him.″
Kurajian, who now spends winters in Florida, said he enjoyed working with Rennolds years ago and is honored that the new fund is named for him.
The George Masrob Kurajian Scholarship will benefit undergraduate mechanical engineering students. Kurajian asked to include his middle name in the fund's name to acknowledge his father-whose first name was Masrob. Kurajian said his father was obsessed with education and learning.
″I can't find the words to express how privileged I am,″ Kurajian said. ″I think it's great that Roy has initiated this scholarship, but in addition to that, to honor me by naming it for me, I'd have to go through Webster's Dictionary to find the proper words. I am deeply indebted to him.″
Rennolds, who worked full time while he was in school, said he hopes the fund will make it easier for students to obtain their degrees. He is hoping fellow graduates from UM-Dearborn's early days will join him in honoring Kurajian and giving back to a future generation of students.
″Professor Kurajian really stuck out in my mind. His teaching method put students at ease and made us want to learn. He was easy to talk to; you never saw him without a smile on his face,″ Rennolds said. ″I'm hoping we can grow this into something nice. Professor Kurajian is a great man; I can't think of anyone else I'd like to see this named for.″
This endowed fund may be added to by Professor Kurajian's students, colleagues, friends and family members at any time with gifts of any amount. If you would like contribute to this scholarship fund, you may do so at www.umd.umich.edu/makeagift. For additional information, please contact Mike Stein, director of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 583-6744.
CECS Professors Recognized for Excellence
Two faculty members from the college were honored for their contributions at the 26th annual Honor Scholars and Faculty Awards dinner in late March. The Distinguished Teaching Award recipient in the tenured category was Bruce Elenbogen, associate professor of computer and information science (CIS). Bruce Maxim, also an associate professor of CIS, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award.
Elenbogen was recognized for being one of the most popular, creative, entertaining, and effective teachers on the campus, according to nominations. ″Bruce is an extremely popular professor in our department,″ said one nominator. ″I once observed a meeting room filled to capacity and wondered what was happening there. I discovered that it was Professor Elenbogen asking for volunteers for an extra-curricular programming competition, designed to attract more computer majors to the university.″
In addition, nominators mentioned Elenbogen's incorporation of new technology into his classroom to enhance his lectures and software to reduce the sharing of code in his classes, which ″forces students to learn and tends to steer them away from cheating and unauthorized help.″ ″Bruce Elenbogen has high standards and is able to effectively communicate material sufficiently to support his students to achieve these standards,″ said one nominator.
Maxim was recognized for his outreach efforts as the champion of the gaming track within the undergraduate computer science concentration and the minor in game development. ″He has done extraordinary outreach in promoting these, as well as our other programs, to the outside community,″ said one nominator.
Last year, Maxim received a grant from Verizon Foundation to create a game that teaches handwriting to children using a Tablet PC. In addition, Maxim used a grant from the Association for Computing Machinery to offer three summer camps to attract pre-college students to study computer science at the collegiate level. ″Maxim has supervised more than 200 community-based student software projects since 1997,″ nominators said. ″He is the principle contact for a majority of these project clients and spends much time each semester cultivating clients for future semesters.″
Taehyun Shim Honored by SAE
Taehyun Shim, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been named a 2008 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award recipient by SAE International. He and five other scholars were honored during a ceremony at the 2008 SAE World Congress in Detroit.
The Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award recognizes outstanding engineering educators, who are selected based on their academic training, contributions to teaching and research, and participation in extracurricular student involvement.
Since joining the college's faculty in 2001, Shim has developed two new graduate courses on automotive systems modeling and vehicle stability and control. He also has significantly improved the curriculum of the simulation of dynamics systems, vehicle dynamics, active vehicle safety, and vibration control.
Shim has worked with Ford Motor Company on several projects related to developing active safety systems. In addition, he has interaction with General Dynamics Land System for advanced hybrid vehicle controller development and high-fidelity brake-system modeling. He has also served as the student advisor for UM-Dearborn's SAE student chapter and SAE Formula Team.
Shim has authored 41 publications, including 20 peer reviewed journal articles and 21 conference papers. He is a member of SAE International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society for Modeling and Simulation International.
Prechter International Travel Fellowship
Engineering and Computer Science undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science may be eligible for a travel fellowship to help them defray some of the cost of travel associated with approved international studies. The travel fellowships are made possible by a gift from Ms. Waltraud (Wally) Prechter to the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems. Students who are planning to participate in international studies as part of their CECS degree program should contact Mr. Reinaldo Perez, the Director of CECS Academic Services to see if they qualify for the Prechter International Travel Fellowship. Mr. Perez can be reached in person at his office, 2000 HPEC or by telephone on 313-593-5510 or by email at email@example.com.
New, Named Scholarship Fund Honors Dr. Kachhal
Every couple of years, the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) makes a special effort to bring groups of alumni back to campus. This year all IMSE alumni were invited back--and enjoyed a very special surprise.
The event on September 14, hosted by Drs. Swatantra Kachhal and Adnan Aswad, drew about 30 alumni and emeriti faculty back to campus for dinner to reminisce, catch up and see what the department is doing. Alumni who attended included Tom Helzerman (BSEIE '67, MSE '91), Marlin Thomas (BSEIE '67, MSE '68, Ph.D. '71), Dennis Kirchoff (BSEIS '79), Phil Lavender (BSEIE '68), Keith Talbot (BSEIS '80), Richard Anderson (BSEIE '76, MSE '82) and Bob Matsura (BSEIE '72, MBA '77).
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of a new, named scholarship in honor of Dr. Kachhal. This endowed fund will provide support for future IMSE students for many years to come. Dr. Kachhal was quite surprised. ″I had no idea anything like this was going to happen,″ he said. ″I am so pleased and very proud of our alumni for supporting future students. That the endowed fund will be in my name is very humbling.″
Dr. Kachhal has been chairman of the department for 25 years and has always been highly regarded by his students. ″Dr. Kachhal has had such an enormous impact on so many Engineering students at UM-Dearborn,″ said Dennis Kirchoff, a former student. ″He's been here for half the life of the campus, so he's been an integral part of the lives of hundreds of IMSE alumni. This scholarship fund is our way of saying thanks for all he's done.″
An anonymous gift was made to start the fund. But it can be added to at any time, in any amount. Those interested in making a gift to this endowed fund should contact Mike Stein, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 583-6744.
CECS Mail Server Changes
The CECS Mail servers have changed with the migration that occured over the weekend. Please visit http://www.engin.umd.umich.edu/ecs/help/mailservers.php for information on the new settings.
2007-08 Scholarship Awards
Detroit Edison Scholarship
Frederick P. and Violet Sharpe Endowed Scholarship
DaimlerChrysler Women and Minority Scholarship
Henry W. Patton Endowed Scholarship
CECS/Ford Freshman Scholarship
Account Migration Announcement
Since early August of this year, ECS has been actively working to create a new computing infrastructure from the ground up, with special focus on providing more reliable, sustainable, longer lasting and easier to maintain computing. A number of goals for hardware and software replacement were set and are actively being met. While CECS faculty, staff and students experience one set of network services, currently there are really two infrastructures being maintained. There is one that you currently use every day, and one that has been developed and tested and will be used in CECS starting January of 2008.
Some of the areas that you will notice significant improvements starting in January are:
* E-Mail Services: Faster; more reliable; redundant; storage increase; webmail; address books; aliases
* File Storage: LARGE file storage increase; user-accessible backups; long-term backups; more reliable
* Authentication: One set of credentials (within CECS) for labs, department machines, e-mail, file storage
As we start this important transformation, we need your help in the process that we are simply calling an account migration. What this process effectively does it holds a spot for you in the new infrastructure once it goes online. By migrating, when the new semester starts, you will have hopefully completed the most work you need to do for this entire transition. We have worked hard to test this migration process and automated it as much as possible.
Finally, improvements for CECS are vast, but many won\\\'t ever be seen or utilized by most ECS-serviced users. Focus areas such as reliable storage backups, service monitoring, quality of service baselining, security scanning, and the alike will rarely be noticed, but are working hard to provide the best and most reliable service for everyone that we take pride in working with.
The following web site is your link to account migration and additional information and updates about this migration process: https://migrate.engin.umd.umich.edu/
You will notice that we ask for your username and password. Please enter your existing username and password for ECS services (sometimes referred to as NIS or your engineering credentials). If you have a problem migrating your account we WILL be notified, and we will do our best to contact you via e-mail or otherwise to fix whatever problem you may be having.
NOTE: Migrating your account does NOTHING to your existing data or e-mail. These systems are separate in every way from the current systems online. Migrating has no effect on you until January 2008.
Please migrate as soon as possible and remind other members of your departments to do so, as well as students in your classes. E-mail reminders will be sent out every 2-3 weeks with updates (if needed). Please read the aforementioned web site for additional information.
CCC Member Phil Roussey Builds Relationships in California
It all started with dinner. In August 2006, Phil Roussey (BSEEE '66), who had recently secured a donation of equipment from his company Bell Microproducts to UM-Dearborn, decided he wanted to get more involved with the campus. That month he and his wife, Mona, held a small dinner at their home in Monte Sereno, attended by a number of UM-Dearborn alumni from the area and Chancellor Dan Little.
Phil's work didn't stop after the dinner. He continued to talk to alumni who attended to try to find ways to bring the talent of UM-Dearborn's Engineering students to California. This past July, Dean Subrata Sengupta arrived in California, where Phil had arranged visits with seven leading Silicon Valley employers.
While Michigan continues to struggle with economic uncertainty, Silicon Valley is in the midst of a boom. In fact, employers there struggle to fill positions with qualified electrical engineering and computer science graduates. UM-Dearborn's ability to work with these employers will enormously benefit our students, through internships, co-op appointments and full-time jobs after graduation.
Thanks to Phil's work and the Dean's visit, UM-Dearborn is well on the way to forging new relationships. We have agreements with three companies already, some well-established and some start-ups. Phil will continue to network with alumni in the area to find new sources of experiential opportunities and employment for our students.
New CECS Distance Learning Graduate Program Offered for Fall 07
The College of Engineering & Computer Science will offer its Industrial & Systems Engineering graduate program (MSE-ISE) via distance learning technologies beginning with the Fall 2007 semester.
I&SE courses scheduled for the Fall semester include Human Factors & Ergonomics and Probability & Statistics. Students currently enrolled in the campus-based program are eligible to register for these courses. Prospective students that would like additional information about this or other distance learning programs offered through CECS may contact Susan Guinn at 313-593-4000, by email at email@example.com or visit http://dln.engin.umd.umich.edu.
Director of IDP Awarded Stirton Professorship
Pankaj K. Mallick, director of interdisciplinary programs (IDP) and professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the 2007-2012 William E. Stirton Professorship. His appointment will be effective September 1, 2007, pending Regental approval. This prestigious award is for a term of five years and is accompanied by a stipend of 3,000 per year.
The recipient of the Stirton Professorship is evaluated by faculty peers and must be extraordinarily distinguished in scholarly activity, teaching, and professional service. The professorship was established in 1979 and is named for a University of Michigan vice president who became the first director of the Dearborn campus, serving from 1959-68.
According to Provost Susan Martin, ″UM-Dearborn is privileged to benefit from Professor Mallick's efforts and accomplishments in successfully fostering our mission to serve students, the campus, and the community.″
Academics, fun and games
New Alumni Content
Non-resident Graduate Tuition Scholarships
2004-2005 Scholarship Awards
CECS/Ford Freshman Minority Scholarship
Richard Suarez Lopez
DaimlerChrysler Freshman Scholarship
DaimlerChrysler Minority and Women Scholarship
Detroit Edison Minority and Women Scholarship
Frederick P. and Violet Sharpe Endowed Scholarship
General Motors Minority/Women Scholarship
Henry W. Patton Endowed Scholarship
Professor A. Adnan Aswad Endowed Scholarship
SDC 2003-2004 Winners
First Place: is a tie between the following projects:
CIS Project: Parametric Model Converter (PMC)
Team members: Don Barnes, Paul Bowers, Seema Kapur, and Inna Stashko
Faculty Advisor: Professor Maxim
ME Project: Arm-disabled and Amputee Friendly Bicycle Design
Team members: Justin Black, Aron Grajek, Sam Seldon, and Jim Szymusiak
Faculty Advisors: Professors Argento
The winner among ECE projects is:
Design and Development of Non-Contact Metrology System Based on Laser
Team members: Philip Lechowicz, and Dustin Willaim,
Faculty Advisor: Professor Zhao
Congratulations to the winners and all the participants.
US News and World Report: 2003 College Rankings
CONTACT: Terry Gallagher
PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: Sept. 8, 2003
UM-Dearborn rates high in magazine survey
DEARBORN---UM-Dearborn was rated among the top
10 public universities offering master's degrees
in the Midwest in the annual guide to American
colleges published last month by U.S. News. In
addition, the campus's College of Engineering
and Computer Science was rated among the top
undergraduate engineering programs in the
In the magazine's ratings, UM-Dearborn is
compared with universities that offer a full
range of undergraduate and master's degree
programs, but few if any doctoral degrees.
Those institutions are listed by region because
they tend to draw students from their
surrounding areas, according to the magazine.
Other universities included in the list of top
10 public institutions offering master's degrees
in the Midwest region include five campuses of
the University of Wisconsin, Truman State
University in Missouri, the University of
Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Northern
Iowa, Eastern Illinois University and Washburn
University in Kansas.
UM-Dearborn's engineering program was ranked
among the top 30 schools in the country without
doctoral programs, based on a survey of deans
and senior faculty members around the country.
The ratings appear in the magazine's annual
guide to America's best colleges, published in
In specialty areas, UM-Dearborn's undergraduate
program in industrial and manufacturing
engineering was ranked fifth in the country.
Nearly 1,500 undergraduate students are
currently enrolled in the College of Engineering
and Computer Science, pursuing degrees in
computer and information science, electrical and
computer engineering, industrial and
manufacturing systems engineering, and
mechanical engineering. The school also offers
master's degree programs, which currently enroll
about 950 students.
″These polls are not scientific, and their
results cannot be considered accurate measures
of the quality of a school,″ according to
Subrata Sengupta, dean of the UM-Dearborn
College of Engineering and Computer
Science. ″But it is nice to know that we enjoy
a good reputation among faculty members at
schools around the country.″
Distance learning courses now available!
Two CECS graduate level programs are currently available in an online format: Automotive Systems Engineering and Software Engineering. Courses in these programs utilize video with audio, text, and graphics. Students can interact with the instructor, and with other students synchronously and asynchronously from personal computers through chatrooms and threaded discussions.
2003-2004 Scholarship Awards
2003-2004 Scholarship Awards
Robert Milton, Jr.
DaimlerChrysler Minority and Women Scholarship
Richard A. Csonka Memorial Scholarship
CECS/Ford Freshman Minority Scholarship
Detroit Edison Minority and Women Scholarship
National Science Foundation Scholarship
Frederick P. and Violet Sharpe Endowed Scholarship
2002 Ranking - US News and World Report
UM-Dearborn's engineering program was ranked among the top 25 schools in the country without doctoral programs, based on a survey of deans and senior faculty members at schools around the country. The ratings will appear in the magazine's guide to America's best colleges, due out Sept. 16.
In specialty areas, UM-Dearborn's undergraduate program in industrial and manufacturing engineering was ranked fifth in the country.
Nearly 1,500 undergraduate students are currently enrolled in the UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science, pursuing degrees in computer and information science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and mechanical engineering. The school also offers master's degree programs, which currently enroll about 870 students.
″One of the keys to this rating is the opinions of faculty members at schools around the country, and it's nice to know that we have a good reputation among our peers,″ according to Subrata Sengupta, dean of the UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science.
″But a far more accurate measure of our quality can be found in the work of our faculty and students in the lab and classroom, and of our alumni in their professional careers,″ Sengupta said.
2002/03 Scholarship Awards
CECS/Ford Freshman Minority - Nicole Brown, Autumn Fields, Jasmine Mark, Matthew Maxey, Branden Oden
Chrysler Scholarship - Lina Bazzi, Melissa Cinpinski, Andrea Iacoban, Anna Kagan, Dongja Kwak, Martina Moro, Evrard Ohou, May Putrus, Rania Saman
Csonka Scholarship - Winford Bishop, Ismail Hamieh
Detroit Edison Scholarship - Melissa Abellana, Aristide Bechi, Maureen McGinnis
Violet Sharpe Scholarship - Walid Aldee, Jalal Jawany, Wissam Joumaa, Peter Law, Redhwan Mawari,
Antoine Mordovanaki, Raymond Ng, Ripal Pitel, Luke Reisner, Sonali Sathe, Blendi Sullaj, Douglas Waineo, Eric Zelman