In 2011, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in collaboration with the other departments of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences and the Department of Natural Sciences, began offering a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in the field of Bioengineering. Bioengineering is an expanding branch of engineering that primarily deals with problems of medicine, healthcare, and—in general—quality of human life. It is a multidisciplinary field and is a rapidly growing profession with expanding career opportunities and activities covering a wide spectrum.
In 2012, the Bioengineering Laboratory was opened in our Engineering Lab Building. The department has experienced a steady growth in student interest in the program, and desires to provide additional laboratory space to support that growth. New Bioengineering Labs are being constructed in the former high-bay area of the Engineering Lab Building. The renovated space will have a shared lab for 24 students, a biomechanics lab, bioprocessing lab and a tissue culture room. IDS is the Architect and Engineer and iDesign is the Lab Planner. DeMaria Building Company is the contractor and construction will be completed at the end of August 2014.
Construction begins on ASC and CW Renovation Projects
As construction begins on this multi-phased renovation of Academic Support Center, Computing Wing and the Science Building, we will be publishing maps to help guide pedestrians and deliveries safely around construction.
The first floor of CW has been designed to accommodate new laboratory classrooms and the Science Learning Center. Once the first floor laboratories are complete, we will shift to the second floor and convert an existing lab to a chemistry teaching laboratory. Renovation in CW building began on February 24, 2014 and the construction areas will be closed to campus traffic. Phase One is expected to be completed in December 2014, and the second phase finishing in late March 2015.
* ASC is being renovated to accommodate faculty and staff offices with a student community lounge and study area. The majority of the work of the ASC renovation will be on the interior of the building, and windows and new entry doors will also be included. Renovation in ASC will also begin February 24, 2014 and the building closed to campus traffic. We expect to occupy the newly renovated space by January 2015.
Recently Completed Projects
Biology Faculty Research Labs
CW 1122 was recently renovated to convert a standard classroom into biology faculty research laboratory space serving two faculty members. The room was subdivided into three connected spaces: two wet laboratories plus a central shared equipment space housing a fume hood, biological safety cabinet, shower/eyewash, refrigerator and freezer. Research is now up and running in these beautiful and functional spaces.
Generous donor funds from the Kochoff family were recently used as CASL 1030 underwent renovations to enhance its' usefulness as a venue for many types of events and teaching opportunities. The space has been renamed the Mary Kochoff Auditorium. The outdated slide-projection booth was removed from the rear of the room and infilled with seating that had been removed from the front row. Opening up the front provides a more conducive environment for musical and "stage" productions. The Audio-visual system was updated and now offers two projectors and screens and enhanced touch-panel operations. Finally, the lighting and lighting controls were upgraded to support the many different uses for the room.
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