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LTU Kahn events featured on M2 TechCast

SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University will celebrate the architectural legacy of the legendary Albert Kahn in several events and exhibitions in the days and weeks ahead.

LTU staff highlighted the events on a podcast last week.

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Leaders and Innovators event at LTU Feb. 16, ‘Starting a Business’

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – If you’re ready to start a business, an event Thursday, Feb. 16 at Lawrence Technological University will help you figure out how.

LTU is hosting the next WWJ Newsradio 950 “Leaders and Innovators” breakfast session Feb. 16 on the topic “Starting a Business: Entrepreneurism.” The event begins with networking and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The discussion and a question-and-answer session runs from 8 to 9 a.m.

This event will feature expert advice on the steps would-be entrepreneurs need to take to get their businesses up and running. Attendees will find out what resources are available to new companies in the Detroit area.

The event is hosted by WWJ Business Editor Murray Feldman. Panelists are to include Jack Aronson, founder of Clean Planet Foods and Garden Fresh Gourmet, and Karen Evans, director of LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology Business Accelerator.

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leaders-innovators-series-starting-a-businessentrepreneurism-21617-tickets-26907144995. The event is free.

Future Leaders and Innovators events include “Social Media and the Small Business” on Thursday, March 16, and “Work-Life Balance” on Thursday, April 13.

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

New LTU Incubator, Science Center, SBAM On Monday’s M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK – The M2 TechCast podcast will launch two new segments with its Monday, Feb. 6 program.

In the first new segment, Tonya Matthews, director of the Michigan Science Center, kicks off her STEM education focused segment. She’ll be visiting the TechCast monthly.

Also a future regular guest is Michael Rogers, communications director for the Small Business Association of Michigan, who will talk about SBAM and the products and services it offers Michigan’s business community.

Also on the show to talk about the new Lawrence Technological University Design Incubator and co-working space – at LTU’s new Detroit Center for Design + Technology at 4219 Woodward Ave. in Midtown Detroit – will be Christopher Stefani, the incubator’s director. The center provides working and meeting space for entrepreneurs in the creative fields.

Rounding out the show will be Greg Doyle from Tech248, the Oakland County-based tech business group, talking about the new Oakland Entrepreneurs Alliance.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

 

LTU math, civil engineering, biomedical engineering programs ranked in Best Value Schools

SOUTHFIELD – Several programs at Lawrence Technological University have been rated among the Best Value Small College programs by the college ranking website Best Value Schools for 2017.

Lawrence Tech was ranked No. 9 in the nation for civil engineering, No. 10 for biomedical engineering, and No. 11 for its mathematics program.

For the biomedical and civil engineering rankings, listed schools must offer at least one targeted program for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in the field. For the math award, three relevant programs must be offered. Schools must also demonstrate a commitment to cost control and a 50 percent graduation rate. The website said it used NCIS College Navigator database and program research to make its rankings, based on academic breadth and depth, student support, and affordability.

The website said LTU’s biomedical engineering “curriculum encourages creativity and innovation as much as science and math, making it the perfect academic melting pot for anyone who wants to apply abstract ideas to real world problems … The demanding program requires a minimum of 132 credit hours and includes four main areas of focus: bioelectronics, biofluids, biomaterials, and biomechanics. In addition, each student in this top biomedical engineering undergraduate program receives a laptop and access to industry-standard software that they can use in laboratory and design classes.”

More at www.bestvalueschools.com/small-colleges/chemical-biomedical-engineering/.

Of the math program, the website said, “Mathematics students at Lawrence Technological University don’t just go on to do great things – they do great things while they are still in school! From computational art interpretation to astronomics, the student projects that emerge from LTU’s Math and Computer Science Department are constantly pushing disciplinary boundaries and challenging assumptions in highly arcane fields. Such bold thinking is the product of the intellectual climate and interdisciplinary instruction at this top undergraduate math school. In that same vein, LTU offers dual degrees – like the combined computer science and mathematics program – to unite students and faculty in their exploration of knowledge.”

More at http://www.bestvalueschools.com/small-colleges/math/.

And for the civil engineering program, the website said, “LTU provides an impressive range of research centers and engineering laboratories on its Southeast Michigan campus. The Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute (GLSMI), which serves as an on-campus resource and authority on stormwater management for agencies like the Sierra Club, is one perfect example. The institute is also a model of environmental engineering practices with a LEED Silver-certified building that includes rain gardens, a green roof, and native landscaping. Access to the GLSMI, plus facilities like a structural test lab center and electrical lighting lab, is a valuable asset to any student attending this top small college for civil engineering majors.”

More at http://www.bestvalueschools.com/small-colleges/civil-engineering/.

 

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

ACE’17 entrepreneurial event coming Jan. 26

SOUTHFIELD — The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship 2017, better known as ACE’17, will be held at the Westin Southfield on Thursday, Jan. 26 from noon to 7 p.m.

This annual celebration of all things entrepreneurial draws hundreds of attendees for education and connection with the Michigan startup ecosystem. Each ACE features an exciting community of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and business owners. Southfield Mayor Ken Siver will provide opening remarks. More than 500 people are expected for ACE’17.

The program will feature presentations and conversations on managing business innovation centers, opportunities for entrepreneurs in autonomous vehicles, mobile marketing strategies, capital attraction, support services available to entrepreneurs, a mini “Failure Lab,” and more.

Also featured this year will be the ACE’17 Challenge, a competition among early-stage companies for $20,000 in cash and prizes. The winner will be chosen by ACE attendees, investors, sponsors and support organizations, who will vote with “ACE dollars” for their most investable companies.

The Westin Southfield is located at 1500 Town Center.

Online registration at the regular price of $25 is available through Monday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. Walk-up registrations are welcome at a price of $40. For online registration, and more information on the program, visit www.ace-event.org. For an audio preview of the event with Miche Rayment, co-chair of ACE’17, visit this link.

Lawrence Technological University is a managing partner of the event. The lead sponsor is the city of Southfield, while the partner sponsor is the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Co-event sponsors include Amy Cell LLC, Automation Alley, Bamboo Detroit, The Hire Effect, the LTU Collaboratory, and the Michigan Angel Fund. The Crowdlink sponsor is the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. Contributing sponsors include BlueWater Angels, Brinks Guilson & Lione, the Build Institute, Collective Metrics, Constant Contact, the Central Michigan University Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship, Dawdy Imagery & Design, Failure Lab, Lenawee Now, the Michigan Business Incubator Association, MyISMInc.com, the University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute, Grand Valley State University’s Muskegon Innovation Hub, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, the Michigan Corporate Relations Network, Start Garden, the MTEC SmartZone Business Accelerator, the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Stanislaw, ArborMoon, and TechTown Detroit.

Participating companies in the ACE’17 Challenge include AIRS – Advanced Interactive Response System (Newaygo); Airway Innovations (Grand Rapids); Brightable (Clawson); Business Link (Ypsilanti); Clingfish Products (Ann Arbor); ContentOro (Ann Arbor); Coupon Wallet (Sterling Heights); Deeptalk (Ann Arbor); Epic Technology Solutions (Flint); epiSCI (Ann Arbor); Equipment Tracking Solutions (Walled Lake); Fathom (Holland); Infinitekey (Holland); Interactive (Grand Rapids); LivePicture LLC (Sterling Heights); Map-N-Tour (Midland); Mi Padrino (Jackson); MyAaliyah (Detroit); Navel Novelties (Sylvan Lake); Nirmal for Disruptive Eating (Ypsilanti); Oakland Aquaponics (Clarkston); OPS Solutions LLC (Novi); Orindi Ventures (Holland); PayLow Rate (Detroit); re-Contour LLC (Royal Oak); Ring Cam (Holland); Sci-Zone (Holland); SciTech Development LLC (Grosse Pointe Farms); Selestial Soap (Traverse City); SignOn (Detroit); SPLT (Ann Arbor); StabiLux (Houghton); The SafetySit (East Lansing); and TwoScoreTwo (Ann Arbor).

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

MAIN Event 20, NAIAS to feature LTU talent

DETROIT — MAIN Event 20, the seventh annual celebration of design that kicks off the North American International Auto Show, will have a distinctly Lawrence Technological University vibe when it takes place Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in midtown Detroit.

Keith Nagara, director of LTU’s transportation design program, is executive chairman of the event. And Lawrence Technological University students will display their visions of the future of mobility at the event — and at NAIAS, which opens for Press Preview Days on Monday, Jan. 9.

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LTU study finds ‘tow plows’ will clear snowy roads faster

SOUTHFIELD – With winter driving season just ahead, there’s hope that new technology can clear snow off roadways faster – and save taxpayers money.

A research report developed by Lawrence Technological University faculty says the state could shave almost $5 million off its annual snowplowing bill by deploying tow plows – trailers that swing out diagonally from the back of snowplow trucks that let them move snow off two lanes in one pass.

The report makes that projection after more than two years of testing and analysis with the state’s current fleet of 14 tow plows.

The report says that if state and county road maintenance officials had 42 tow plows in their snow removal arsenal – the number required to cover the entire state – it would save $4.8 million in personnel and other operating costs in a typical winter. That’s because the plows could clear snow from more lanes faster.

And there would be even more savings in avoiding winter travel delays and accidents, according to Nishanthra Bandara, LTU assistant professor of civil and architectural engineering, principal investigator on the study.

Tow plows “can plow a 24-foot-wide path down a road, meaning you can clear a three-lane freeway in two passes instead of four or five,” Bandara said.

The study, commissioned by the Michigan Department of Transportation, saw the tow plows tested in seven snowstorms between January 2014 and March 2015. Most of the tests were conducted on I-96 and US-23 in the Brighton area.

Bandara said he drove behind the tow plow in a truck outfitted with a road friction measuring device manufactured by the Danish pavement engineering consulting firm Dynatest. The device showed that the tow plow did just as good a job of clearing snow as a conventional plow truck.

The MDOT currently has 14 tow plows in 11 road maintenance garages around the state. Just using those regularly, the report showed, could save the state $1.4 million a year in snow removal operating costs. And if state and county road officials make the investment to fully deploy tow plows, the projected saving goes up to $4.8 million.

The study also included cost analysis of travel delays avoided in several snowstorms. By analyzing travel speeds on I-96 near Lansing when tow plows were tested, the report estimated more than $100,000 in travel delay costs avoided – in just one snowstorm.

Dozens of state highway departments, toll road authorities and private contractors around the country have adopted tow plows, the survey found. States using tow plows include Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, and Utah.

The report’s other authors were Elin Jensen, associate dean of graduate studies and research in LTU’s College of Engineering, and Frank Holt, retired senior vice president of Dynatest’s office in Westland.

State officials are enthusiastic about using tow plows, which cost about $90,000 each and are manufactured in Missouri.

“This study says to me that this new tool is safe and effective,” said Melissa Howe, region support engineer in maintenance field services for the MDOT. “We’ll see direct savings, and savings on the part of drivers in delays avoided.”

The cost of the study was $195,224, 80 percent of which was paid by the Federal Highway Administration.

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

LTU Prof Talks Entrepreneurial Engineering

ROYAL OAK — Cristi L. Bell-Huff, director of the Studio for Entrepreneurial Engineering Design at Lawrence Technological University, talks about how engineering students at LTU develop an entrepreneurial mindset in this segment of the M2 TechCast.

This year, LTU’s sophomore classes on engineering design are focusing on products to make life easier for people with disabilities. They’re working through the social services agency Services To Enhance Potential (STEP).

Students must ask real customers – the disabled – what products they need to make their lives and jobs easier.

The classes take place in the engineering design studios that are part of LTU’s new A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Life Sciences and Architectural Complex.

The studios serve as an incubator where students, faculty, community members, and corporate partners can develop new products and manufacturing processes. The studio includes equipment that gives students the opportunity to try out new ideas outside of the classroom.

The studio is also is a conduit for faculty-led research projects with corporate partners that can also provide research experience to students.

To learn more, visit https://soundcloud.com/podcastdetroit/m2-techcast-58-ltu-seed-cristi-l-bell-huff

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

LTU prof gets two grants for robotics and entrepreneurial education

SOUTHFIELD — A Lawrence Technological University assistant professor of biomedical engineering has been awarded two new grants – one to explore touch-sensitive feedback in robots, and another to expand entrepreneurial education in biotech.

Mansoor Nasir is principal investigator on a $50,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation.

The DENSO grant will be used to acquire laboratory instrumentation to help LTU students design, develop and evaluate haptics, the science of touch-based human-computer interfaces, for applications like auto interiors, medicine, and virtual reality.

“We want to introduce a sense of touch into robots to give them the ability to interact with objects,” Nasir said.

Working with Nasir on the DENSO grant are Eric Meyer, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; James Kern, robotics lab instructor; Franco Delogu, assistant professor of psychology; and Nabih Jaber, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Meyer is also co-principal investigator on the Kern Family Foundation grant.

The focus of the Kern grant is broadening the scope of entrepreneurial education in engineering classes, making it more widely available through such digital media as web videos.

Earlier, in 2014, Nasir and Meyer received a grant through a Kern Family Foundation program, the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), to develop course modules on entrepreneurship for engineering classes. In 2015, they received funds through KEEN to organize three half-day workshops on entrepreneurship for engineering professors.

The Kern Family Foundation, based in Waukesha, Wis., has as one of its goals building entrepreneurship into engineering education. More at http://www.kffdn.org/ or http://engineeringunleashed.com/keen/.

About the DENSO North America Foundation

A registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, the DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping Students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping our communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Foundation also provides disaster relief grants through the American Red Cross to aid persons and communities in which DENSO Corporation operates. For more, visit http://densofoundation.org.

About DENSO in North America

In North America, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more, go to http://www.densocorp-na.com or connect with DENSO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica.

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

M2 TechCast To Feature Drone Law Update, Cyber Security, and More

ROYAL OAK — The Monday, Nov. 21 edition of the M2 TechCast podcast will feature an update on drone law, cybersecurity, a new video news operation at Automation Alley, and help for entrepreneurs from a state agency.

Guests will include Mark Becker, a partner at the Grand Rapids and Detroit IT firm C/D/H, speaking on cybersecurity and attacks on the internet.

Tom Kelly, executive director of Automation Alley, will talk about a new video news partnership between the Alley and  MITechNews.com.

Keith Brophy, state director of the Michigan Small Business  Development Center, will interview a company owner helped by MISBDC.

Finally, Traverse City attorney and drone law expert Enrico Schaefer, who operates http://www.dronelaw.pro, will update a story about a drone operator who was arrested for flying over a Trump rally.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.