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DATE: April 2, 2004

Henry Patton's bequest will provide scholarships for engineering students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

DEARBORN---Henry W. Patton II, the founder and president of an engineering firm called Acromag, has left more than $3.6 million to the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to support scholarships primarily for students in electrical engineering. The gift is the largest received from an individual in the history of the campus.

Patton, a pioneer in the development of signal conditioning technology, founded the company in 1957 in Detroit and moved it Wixom in 1965. He died in July 2003.


"Henry Patton was a long-time friend of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a great friend of mine, as well," according to Dean Subrata Sengupta. "Over the years, he provided us with valuable assistance in a variety of important ways. As a strong supporter of the college's cooperative education program, he had hired many students and helped them to gain valuable experience working in industry."

In May 2003, he received the Distinguished Cooperative Education Program Advocate award from UM-Dearborn

Patton also was a strong supporter of the college's Center for Engineering Education and Practice and its mission of developing partnerships with industry. He offered his expertise and guidance to UM-Dearborn engineering faculty, especially in the College's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Every year, he attended the College of Engineering and Computer Science's Technology Day along with the top engineering staff of his firm, according to Philip Snyder, development director of CECS. "In addition, he would hire at least one and sometimes two cooperative education students each semester, some of whom are now employees at Acromag," Snyder said.

An avid photographer, Patton took photos at many of the college's events, and his photos have been included in several of the school's news magazines and publications.

His bequest to the College of Engineering and Computer Science will be used to endow scholarship and fellowship funds for students in the school.




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