Southfield, MI, United States
Southfield, MI, United States

Lawrence Technological University, also known as Lawrence Tech or simply LTU, is a private university located in Southfield, Michigan. The school offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in engineering, science, mathematics, architecture, graphic design, and business. Lawrence Technological University's four colleges are Architecture and Design, Arts and science, Engineering, and Management.Lawrence Tech was founded in 1932 in Highland Park, MI by the Lawrence brothers as the Lawrence Institute of Technology and adopted its current name in 1989. The school mascot is the blue devil, and the school colors are blue and white. Lawrence Tech moved to Southfield, Michigan from its site in Highland Park, Michigan in 1955. It is located at the John C. Lodge Freeway and 10 Mile Road, at the present time.Lawrence Tech has consistently been among the Top Tier for "Universities–Master's " by U.S. News & World Report. It was ranked 37th out of several hundred Midwestern Universities in 2006, and 47th in 2007, 40th in 2008, and 55th in 2009. In addition, the University tied for 49th of 100 "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" in U.S. News & World Report '​s Best Universities-Masters-Midwest in 2010. Other distinctions include: Princeton Review “Best in the Midwest" in 2010; Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognition, 2009; G. I. Jobs "Military Friendly School," 2010; State of Michigan Center of Excellence for Sustainable Infrastructure and Structural Testing; an Intel "Top 50 Unwired Campus"; a Michigan Green Leader; Architectural Record among "America's Best Architectural Schools" in construction methods and materials; and Michigan's Going Green Award." Bloomberg-Businessweek also reported that the earning power of a Lawrence Tech bachelor's degree ranks in the highest 30 percent of all U.S. universities. Wikipedia.

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News Article | February 15, 2017

Think high school students could revolutionize business productivity by 750 percent, or college students could build technology that puts more people to work? These success stories are happening across the country in a neighborhood near you. Through SourceAmerica’s Design Challenge, a national engineering competition benefiting people with disabilities, students are proving how assistive workplace technology can make a big impact on those who need it most. The semester-long competition kicked off last fall with 160 registered teams. Students worked with businesses that had obstacles to full productivity for their employees with disabilities. Following meetings with management, they spent time getting to know the employees and assessing how the process could be tweaked to provide better outcomes. This discovery process was critical to designing a solution that was both user-friendly and achieved results. As a final step, teams submitted a final paper and video about their Design Challenge journeys. Using science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, the Design Challenge shows students how they can be a catalyst to improve someone’s productivity, efficiency and success in the workplace. The service learning component gives students a window into SourceAmerica’s nonprofit agency mission: to create employment opportunities and choices for people with significant disabilities. What's more, knowing how to build an inclusive workplace is a lesson they can implement as future business leaders. Announced today, five high school and three college teams will be advancing to the Design Challenge finals on April 6 in Washington, D.C. Concord High School (Wilmington, Delaware) Organization served: Waggies by Maggie & Friends (Wilmington, Delaware) Project: The Weigh Master is an interactive device that helped employees with disabilities weigh dog treat products produced by the nonprofit agency. With a large, color-coded computer screen to indicate proper weight, employees can more easily and efficiently complete the assembly process. Copley High School – Team #1616 (Copley, Ohio) Organization served: Weaver SecurShred (Akron, Ohio) Project: The TRIPS device increased the efficiency and production of employees with disabilities who completed paper shredding. Shredding time for one roll of paper decreased from 5 minutes to 12 seconds, and total production increased by 750 percent. Copley High School – Team #1617 (Copley, Ohio) Organization served: Weaver Industries ProPak (Akron, Ohio) Project: The Salt and Pepper Grinder Cap Assembling Device broadened the number of employees with disabilities that could assemble grinder caps from 25 percent to 100 percent. The device automated the process while making it more ergonomic. Olathe East High School (Olathe, Kansas) Organization served: Shawnee Mission Northwest High School (Shawnee, Kansas) Project: The B.O.S. (Best Overall Solution) is a portable wheelchair desk and cart designed for a high school teacher with multiple sclerosis. The cart’s capabilities enable the teacher to now travel independently, without help, while storing heavy books and materials. Wethersfield High School (Wethersfield, Connecticut) Organization served: CW Resources (New Britain, Connecticut) Project: Flag 2.0 is a motorized device that helped an employee with disabilities properly label envelopes. A laser light built into the device determines label positioning and a user-controlled button advances the roll to the next label when pressed. California State University Los Angeles Organization served: FVO Solutions (Pasadena, California) Project: The Lean Master reformatted the fabrication process of a two-hole puncher for employees with disabilities so it adhered to the 5S model (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain). Additionally, production cycle time was reduced by 50 percent and physical discomfort for employees was eliminated. Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, Michigan) Organization served: Services to Enhance Potential (Livonia, Michigan) Project: The Spray Bottle Assembly Device features a hand press that reduced physical discomfort of employees with disabilities assembling spray bottles. For employees with dexterity issues, the new device enabled them to complete the process with a single hand, resulting in increased productivity, efficiency and comfort. Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) Organization served: SW Resources (Parkersburg, West Virginia) Project: Say Yes to the Press is a simple, user-friendly hand press for employees with disabilities who assemble adapters used in soda fountain machines. Whereas the previous assembly process was too challenging for most employees to complete, all employees can use the new device without experiencing repeat stress on the hands. For more information or to schedule an interview about the Design Challenge, contact Theresa O’Neill or 703-584-3965. Visit and follow SourceAmerica on Facebook and Twitter. About SourceAmerica Established in 1974, SourceAmerica creates job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce of people with significant disabilities. SourceAmerica is the vital link between the federal government and private sector organizations that procure the products and services provided by this exceptional workforce via a network of more than 1,000 community-based nonprofits. Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, SourceAmerica provides its nonprofit agency network with business development, contract management, legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful nonprofit management. SourceAmerica is an AbilityOne-authorized enterprise.

​​​Helix Motors, Incorporated, an entrant in the newly developing global personal mobility market, today announced that John D. Thomas assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer. Thomas is accomplished in both the traditional automobile as well as the electric vehicle industries.  With over 34 years in product development, operations, marketing, technology commercialization and executive management at companies including General Motors, Ford, Magna Steyr, Tesla Motors and ALTe, Thomas brings thoughtful leadership and enthusiasm to Helix Motors as it embarks on its global launch of an exciting new electric vehicle. Hired as the first Program Chief and General Manager of the Tesla Model S, Thomas led his team to architect a vehicle from ground up and uniquely designed a "no compromise" vehicle. That vehicle has become one of the best selling electric vehicle in history. Thomas believes Helix Motors is well positioned to change automotive history. "With 90% of daily commutes occurring with just one person per vehicle, and increasing urbanization, the traditional cars approach is not sustainable. ”Thomas continues, “Imagine a world with a totally exhilarating personal mobility vehicle that also is practical, affordable, delivers 300 MPGe and at least 100 miles of range.” Chairman and Founder of Helix Motors, Helen Lee, stated “I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for our company and John's leadership and expertise as we stay committed to delivering an outstanding experience, value and service to consumers starting with the launch of the Helix in the United States. We see great market opportunity in the U.S. as well as global markets which also await our personal mobility solution.” The appointment of Mr. Thomas marks the transition from a development company into a significant player in the nascent electric personal mobility market critical for future sustainable cities. The Company is quickly advancing its preparation for its production engineering phase preceding a series production launch. Thomas holds dual BS in Mechanical Engineering and BS in Business Administration degrees from Lawrence Technological University and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. Helix Motors, Inc. is a private corporate entity that is engaged in the design, development, and production of a novel 3-wheel electric vehicle.  The product’s unique attributes include a thrilling and safe electronic “tilt and steer” technology, 100 mile range in the base model, 95 mph top speed and 0-60 mph time in the 6 second range while realizing over 300 MPGe of fuel efficiency. The Company will leverage six years of design, market analysis and IP creation of an affiliated Company which is a significant shareholder and based in Hong Kong.  For more information, please visit our website at

Shamir L.,Lawrence Technological University
Astrophysical Journal | Year: 2011

We describe Ganalyzer, a model-based tool that can automatically analyze and classify galaxy images. Ganalyzer works by separating the galaxy pixels from the background pixels, finding the center and radius of the galaxy, generating the radial intensity plot, and then computing the slopes of the peaks detected in the radial intensity plot to measure the spirality of the galaxy and determine its morphological class. Unlike algorithms that are based on machine learning, Ganalyzer is based on measuring the spirality of the galaxy, a task that is difficult to perform manually, and in many cases can provide a more accurate analysis compared to manual observation. Ganalyzer is simple to use, and can be easily embedded into other image analysis applications. Another advantage is its speed, which allows it to analyze 10,000,000 galaxy images in five days using a standard modern desktop computer. These capabilities can make Ganalyzer a useful tool in analyzing large data sets of galaxy images collected by autonomous sky surveys such as SDSS, LSST, or DES. The software is available for free download at, and the data used in the experiment are available at lshamir/downloads/ganalyzer/ © 2011. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Shamir L.,Lawrence Technological University
Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics | Year: 2012

A dataset of 126,501 spiral galaxies taken from Sloan Digital Sky Survey was used to analyze the large-scale galaxy handedness in different regions of the local universe. The analysis was automated by using a transformation of the galaxy images to their radial intensity plots, which allows automatic analysis of the galaxy spin and can therefore be used to analyze a large galaxy dataset. The results show that the local universe (z<0.3) is not isotropic in terms of galaxy spin, with probability P<~5.8{dot operator}10 -6 of such asymmetry to occur by chance. The handedness asymmetries exhibit an approximate cosine dependence, and the most likely dipole axis was found at RA=132°, DEC=32° with 1σ error range of 107°-179° for the RA. The probability of such axis to occur by chance is P<1.95{dot operator}10 -5. The amplitude of the handedness asymmetry reported in this Letter is generally in agreement with Longo, but the statistical significance is improved by a factor of 40, and the direction of the axis disagrees somewhat. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 115.44K | Year: 2016

While the most significant projects in modern observational astrophysics generate very large data sets, the computational methodology lags behind, and has trouble effectively analyzing these data. Although current and future astronomical surveys will produce the worlds largest public databases, the methods to turn these data into scientific discoveries do not yet exist. This project will develop an automatic query-by-example system for classifying galaxies by their similarities to other galaxies, using unsupervised machine learning techniques. This capability does not currently exist and it can substantially enhance the experience and discovery power of digital sky surveys. The project has an educational component, focusing in particular on undergraduate research for under-represented minority students.

Existing, and especially planned, surveys can image billions of galaxies, making the ability to study rare galaxies through computer analysis absolutely essential. These uncommon objects are critical for understanding the most fundamental questions about the early, present, and future universe, as they carry crucial information on the history of the interactions of objects, their formation, and their evolution. The system to be developed will take an image of a certain (normally peculiar) galaxy, identified by the researcher as being of interest, and will search through millions of galaxies to find the visually most similar galaxies to the query galaxy. Because studying unusual galaxies and making scientific conclusions about their nature requires a certain population from which to derive properties that can be compared to other systems, this capability and the resulting listings will greatly increase the ability to make discoveries from sky surveys, optimizing the scientific return of these important and expensive research instruments.

This project connects with existing efforts to attract under-represented minorities, adding more advanced research training in the later years of their undergraduate degree. Studies like this always include opportunities for public outreach, and the team expects to contribute to the forming big data hub in their area.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 55.30K | Year: 2013

1340206 (Grace). The design and construction of civil infrastructure that is more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible over its full life cycle from extraction of raw construction materials to end of life management is increasingly desirable worldwide. Altogether these three design goals of improved environmental, social, and economic performance are commonly known as the triple bottom line of sustainability. As a critical set of systems that support our quality of life and enable global development and progress while consuming vast amounts of material resources and energy, it is essential that civil infrastructure, in particular cities, are designed according to these comprehensive, long term design goals for the benefit of our planet and the current and future generations of humans, animals, and plants that will call it home. With the aim of discovering new ways and tools to integrate industrial ecology within the multi-scale design and construction of built environments, a three-day long workshop is being organized by the Center for Innovative Materials Research (CIMR) of Lawrence Tech University and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University, in conjunction with Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel. This workshop will be held in Israel. NSF will provide necessary support for travel expenses and workshop registration of the 15 members of the US delegate team. As efforts are currently being planned in the US toward developing sustainable buildings and building infrastructure within sustainable built environment systems, it is planned to have participation from Israeli researchers and practitioners working on sustainable urban environments and US researchers working towards similar goals in our built environments. Participation from various research laboratories throughout Israel and the US that are engaged in the research of green building design, integration of non-fossil-based energy systems into building elements, engineering of sustainable building materials, urban planning and design, and industrial ecology systems analysis is anticipated. The bilateral exchange of ideas will be facilitated by the proposed workshop. The three-day workshop will bring together researchers to discuss topics on the methodology of industrial ecology for building and city design, multi-scale design of sustainable urban systems, and engineering of sustainable building materials. It will address environmental, economic, and social concerns in built environment design, and deliberations will be held on the impact of innovative materials using triple-bottom-line metrics. A major goal of the proposed workshop will be to increase education and awareness of sustainable built environment issues both within and outside of academia. Recommendations will be made in adoption of the most suitable technologies in the context of socio-economic and environmental considerations. One important workshop product will be a set of recommendations summarizing the best practices and acceptable methods for implementing innovative designs and materials in the construction of sustainable built environments in urban areas.The workshop will bring together researchers and thinkers to discuss topics on industrial ecology, such as probabilistic life cycle analysis (LCA) and probabilistic sustainability design approaches, and their use when creating innovative materials in green building design and sustainable infrastructure design in environmentally sensitive and resource-limited areas. Another important product of this workshop will be a catalogue of best practices and emerging industrial ecology tools and methods that can be used for the design and evaluation of new materials, structures, and systems in growing built environments. This resource is intended to facilitate the rapid adoption of new materials and technologies for green buildings, transportation systems, and urban environments that exhibit improved economic, social, and environmental performance

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: COMPUTING RES INFRASTRUCTURE | Award Amount: 72.41K | Year: 2012

Studying some of the most fundamental scientific problems requires the development of novel computational methods and their application to very large datasets. The computing facility is a significant addition to the current computing resources of the Computer Science program at Lawrence Technological University, and supports interdisciplinary computer science research in a fashion that allows to practically apply the computational methods developed at Lawrence Technological University to scientific questions in various disciplines such as Astronomy, Biology, Medical and clinical research, Scientific Computing, Biometrics, Remote sensing, Robotics, Fine Art, and more.
The computing facility also allows involving more Computer Science undergraduate and graduate students in interdisciplinary Computer Science research. The ability of Computer Scientists to work in collaboration with other scientists in an interdisciplinary environment and understand problems in other disciplines is crucial for the development of the computational methods that can effectively solve problems in science and engineering. Therefore, interdisciplinary research experience provides undergraduate and graduate students with the training they need for effective real-life industry or academic research.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 77.55K | Year: 2012

Engineering ethics is an important topic in engineering education. There is considerable interest in the engineering education community for an instrument that can be used in ethics education. This collaborative project addresses the need for such an instrument. The project team plans is building upon their current research-based SEED (Survey of Engineering Ethical Development) instrument which is grounded in theory and has been completed by 3,914 respondents at 19 partner institutions across the nation. The project has four goals: 1). Create a practical instrument for assessing individual ethics initiatives (SEED-PA); 2). Use the SEED-PA to conduct four separate studies addressing important research questions and demonstrating the utility, reliability, and validity of the instrument; 3). Develop the SEED-PA Users Guide to assist in research design, administration, data analysis, and results interpretation; 4). Broadly disseminate the online SEED-PA and the SEED-PA Users Guide.

This project is advancing discovery about assessing individual ethics initiatives and has the potential to transform undergraduate education in engineering ethics. The instrument developed can be used by engineering programs to address ABET learning outcomes on engineering ethics. The project includes a multifaceted dissemination plan with focused and broad dissemination mechanisms. The collaborating institutions span a range of institutional types with diverse student bodies. The studies are likely to yield results that are widely applicable.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 598.00K | Year: 2012

Lawrence Technological University (LTU) is enabling students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in power engineering, and well positioned to be employed by the U.S. nuclear power industry. Students complete an associates program at Monroe County Community College (MCCC) in Nuclear Engineering Technology and then transfer to LTU to complete the BS degree. Two pre-engineering scholarships are awarded to students at MCCC each year of the five-year award, and eighteen to LTU students in the electrical or computer engineering programs.

The project is preparing highly-adaptable energy technicians skilled in the generation, transmission, and distribution of power, while simultaneously laying the foundation for continuing education and training necessary to upgrade workforce personnel skills. To ensure student success, LTU is offering a comprehensive package of student outreach and support, career exploration, and job placement services. Scholarship recipients are learning about power engineering through interdisciplinary courses, guest lecturers, and field trips, as well as participation in a local chapter of professional organizations. LTU is leveraging its network of local and regional industry partnerships, including DTE Energy Corporation, to aid in the recruitment, retention, and job placement of the S-STEM scholars.

The project is meeting national needs for a highly-skilled, diversified workforce in the generation, transmission, and distribution of power, and for highly-qualified candidates for graduate studies. The project is strengthening the partnership between the two-year and four-year institutions of higher education, along with local engineering and technology employers. As southeast Michigan is changing its economic base, the project will benefit a region with substantial challenges.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 769.74K | Year: 2010

The objective of this Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award is to acquire an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM)at Lawrence Technological University. The environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) is a powerful materials research tool that permits the study of wet, oily, porous and soft materials which are traditionally considered impossible to study using conventional microscopy techniques. The acquisition of an ESEM system at Lawrence Technological University will greatly enhance a wide array of ongoing research activities at Lawrence Tech and its partnering institutions in the metro Detroit area. This includes the characterization of novel biomaterials, microfabricated medical devices and orthopedic implants at Lawrence Tech, William Beaumont Hospital, and Wayne State University; the study of carbon nanotube-reinforced cement based materials and fracture analysis of concrete exposed to fire at Lawrence Tech, the characterization of novel surface coatings and lubricants for the development of new vehicles with more efficient engine/transmission components at Oakland University, and the study of novel electrode materials for the development of next generation lithium ion batteries at General Motors.

Once this ESEM is acquired and operational, results from the research projects it will support will be published and disseminated to stimulate further understanding and progress in the various research areas of the investigators in this proposal. The ESEM will strengthen the existing materials research infrastructure at Lawrence Tech and its partnering institutions, and enhance the research and educational experiences of a large number of students at Lawrence Tech and other universities. The development of laboratory sessions with hands-on experience of using this ESEM for a variety of outreach programs will strength Lawrence Tech?s leading role in the metro Detroit area to increase the number of women and underrepresented students entering science and engineering.

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