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Bequest will provide scholarships for U-M-D engineering students

Henry W. Patton II, founder and president of the engineering firm Acromag, has left more than $3.6 million to the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at U-M-Dearborn to endow scholarship and fellowship funds 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 to Wixom in 1965. He died in July 2003.
(Courtesy U-M-Dearborn)

"Henry Patton was a long-time friend of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a great friend of mine, as well," says 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 U-M-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 engineering faculty, especially in the college's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Every year, he attended the college's Technology Day along with the top engineering staff of his firm, says 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 says.

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

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