On Nov. 1, 2019, the Solemnity of All Saints, the University of Dallas inaugurated its ninth and first alumnus president, Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83.+ Read More
Senior biochemistry major Justin Samorajski took matters into his own hands last summer when he decided to build the Physics Department a 3-D printer. Making good use of open source software and construction plans, he presented a proposal to Richard Olenick, professor of physics and department chair, and within a month had amassed a table piled with parts and blueprints.
"Even though UD's course offerings aren't as large as some other schools there's always the option to create your own independent study," said Samorajski. "That's what enabled me to explore a new area of interest which otherwise might have been inaccessible."
With Arthur Sweeney, adjunct physics professor, serving as his advisor, Samorajski constructed the printer. After printing a variety of 3-D objects out of plastic, including more parts for the printer, and, his proudest achievement, a 2.5% scale replica of Braniff Memorial Tower modeled off the official blueprints, Samorajski is now working with Stephen Slaughter, assistant professor of biology, to develop the printer's applications for cell cultures and printing living tissue. 3D printing technology has long-term ramifications for, as an example, organ transplants.
"One day, 3-D printing may allow us to use a patient's own cells to grow a replacement organ," he said.
"We want people to know about the crazy science things we do in the Physics Department," said Samorajski, who is considering both medical school and chemical and biomedical engineering as possible career paths.
Photo: Justin Samorajski (left) presented President Thomas Keefe with a 2.5% replica of the Braniff Memorial Tower.
"Our department has two fundamental guiding principles: the study of political philosophy and the study of American founding principles," said Richard Dougherty, MA '89 PhD '93, associate professor of politics and director of the politics graduate program. It is this emphasis on American political development combined with the quality of faculty and the rigor of the University of Dallas' politics doctoral program that led the U.S. Department of Education to award UD a $250,405 grant for stipend support for politics doctoral students through its Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need program.+ Read More
On Thursday, Sept. 26, several members of the university community gathered to celebrate the completion of Course II of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, the first component of UD's Liberal Learning for Life initiative. The course is titled "The Person: Tradition and History."+ Read More