Welcome to the Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education & Practice

The mission of HP-CEEP is to be a leader in incorporating engineering practice, design, innovation, and concepts of manufacturing technology at all levels of engineering education, by integrating the teaching environment with the world of practice .


  • Innovative courses and curriculum, especially in design and manufacturing.
  • Enhanced education opportunities for working engineers, integrated with undergraduate, nontraditional, and international programs.
  • A fundamental enhancement of faculty quality and orientation, by interaction with engineers in industry.
  • Affords many students the experience of direct involvement in industry-relevant activity through cooperative education opportunities and participation in collaborative research. Students also derive similar experiences indirectly through curriculum changes and case studies based on the research.
  • An environment for applied research where industrial and university personnel work together.

The IAVS Building

IAVS Buildling

The Henry W. Patton Center for Education Engineering and Practice (HP-CEEP) is housed in the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems (IAVS) along with related engineering offices, specialized laboratories, research and teaching facilities, conference rooms and the BorgWarner Auditorium. These facilities, which are a component of the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), are designed to advance the concept of an "interactive university". The strong external orientation that CECS has developed ensures that the University of Michigan-Dearborn will continue to have an impact on the regional economy through education of the "work force of tomorrow."