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I am Director of Media Relations and Managing Editor of the University News Bureau at Lawrence Technological University, a nationally recognized STEM university in Southfield, Mich. I was previously Director of Communications and Media Relations at The Engineering Society of Detroit, a professional organization for engineers and scientists, also in Southfield. I maintain this tech news site on behalf of both LTU and ESD.

LTU Offers $600,000 Scholarships To Video Gamers

SOUTHFIELD – Lawrence Technological University offered $600,000 in scholarships to the winners and runners-up of the first-ever E-Sports Michigan Invitational video game tournament, held Saturday on LTU’s Southfield campus.

Some 75 students from 15 high schools in the Detroit area competed. LTU and the State Champs! high school sports TV show sponsored the event.

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UM Research Claims Huge Advance In Testing Self-Driving Cars

ANN ARBOR — Mobility researchers at the University of Michigan say they have devised a new way to test autonomous vehicles that bypasses the billions of miles they would need to log for consumers to consider them road-ready.

The process, which was developed using data from more than 25 million miles of real-world driving, can cut the time required to evaluate robotic vehicles’ handling of potentially dangerous situations by 300 to 100,000 times. And it could save 99.9 percent of testing time and costs, the researchers say.

They outline the approach in a new white paper published by Mcity, a UM-led public-private partnership to accelerate advanced mobility vehicles and technologies.

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Diplomat Adds Medication Adherence Technology

FLINT — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), the Flint-based specialty pharmacy, has partnered with New York City-based SMRxT Inc. to begin deploying its Nomi medication adherence system.

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Barracuda Networks to invest $2.3 million, create 115 jobs in Ann Arbor

LANSING – Barracuda Networks Inc., the network and data security provider, is expanding in Ann Arbor with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund and Ann Arbor Spark, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced. The project will generate a total capital investment of $2.3 million and create 115 new jobs.

Barracuda plans an expansion of its manufacturing operations in Ann Arbor, where it builds computer terminals and peripheral equipment. The project is expected to generate $2.3 million in capital investment and create 115 jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $750,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Georgia and California.

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MSU Engineering researchers turn a flag into a loudspeaker

EAST LANSING — A paper-thin, flexible device created at the Michigan State University College of Engineering not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as a loudspeaker and microphone as well, nanotechnology researchers reported May 16 in the scholarly journal Nature Communications (

The audio breakthrough could eventually lead to such consumer products as a foldable loudspeaker, a voice-activated security patch for computers, and even a talking newspaper.

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Baker College adds online grad degrees in cloud security risk management

FLINT — Baker College will launch two graduate degrees fall 2017 for those wishing to enter or advance in the cybersecurity field: an MBA in cloud security risk management and a Master of Science in information systems (MSIS) in cloud security risk management. Enrollment is now open for courses that begin Aug. 28.

“These new graduate degrees will help address the critical need for cyber and cloud security professionals in the U.S. as cyberattacks, security breaches, compliance challenges and new technologies fuel demand for qualified workers,” said Jill Langen, president of Baker College Online and its Center for Graduate Studies.

Courses in the concentration of cloud security risk management will be provided through a partnership with Mission Critical Institute (MCI) of Reston, Va. MCI is a developer of cybersecurity education programs recognized by the Department of Homeland Security.

“Baker College stood out as an excellent partner because its online programs are rated among the top in the nation, and it offers strong undergraduate cyber defense programs,” said V. N. Berlin, Ph.D., MCI president. “The two organizations are also aligned in focusing on career education that meets workforce needs by preparing students to be job-ready at graduation.”

Baker College appoints MCI-certified expert practicing cybersecurity faculty to teach and mentor students through practitioner-oriented cybersecurity curriculum. Major courses will include in-depth exam preparation for certifications needed for cybersecurity employment in business and government.

The curriculum is based on the U.S. government’s recommended set of industry standards and best practices developed by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology to help organizations manage cybersecurity risks.

For more information about the two new degrees in cloud security risk management, contact Christine Olyer, MCI program manager, at

Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. There are Baker campuses in Allen Park, Auburn Hills, Cadillac, Cass City, Clinton Township, Coldwater, Flint, Fremont, Jackson, NMuskegon, Owosso and Port Huron in Michigan, and in Reading, Pa.  that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit

Feds Give U-M $20M For Great Lakes Research Institute

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the federal government to form a research institute focused on sustainable management of the Great Lakes.

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, which will be hosted by UM and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, represents a partnership between nine universities across the Great Lakes region, as well as multiple nonprofits and businesses.

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