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Energy engineering minor to be launched this fall at Lawrence Tech

Release Date: July 21, 2006

Southfield, Michigan -- Lawrence Technological University will launch a new undergraduate minor in energy engineering this fall, aimed to provide mechanical engineering students with a better understanding of alternative or renewable energy sources, traditional fossil fuels, nuclear energy, energy management, and conservation.

The courses will also be offered to practicing engineers as a certificate program.

“This new collection of courses is a further expansion of Lawrence Tech’s emphasis in emerging energy and related technologies,” said Lewis N. Walker, Lawrence Tech president. 

“The world in which our students will be operating will be one where new energy sources, sustainability, and conservation will be the norm, and where global energy issues will affect all areas of the economy,” Walker said.

Steven Howell, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Tech, added that, “It is vital that we help build in our students a foundation of awareness and understanding about energy so that once employed, they can help their companies both optimize energy use and enhance industrial competitiveness though energy cost savings. The cost of energy increasingly figures into the retail pricing of manufactured goods and related services, including transportation. And, the entire global community is recognizing the need to be good stewards of our resources for the benefit of future generations.”

Lawrence Tech’s energy engineering minor will require completion of six courses (18 credits). 

Three are core courses in alternative energy fundamentals, applied thermodynamics, and energy resources and technologies. Three additional courses can be chosen from among 14 electives in such areas as energy and environmental management, solar and wind energy generation, fuel cells and hydrogen, elements of nuclear engineering, fusion engineering, biomass energy sources, and more.

Information about Lawrence Tech’s new minor in energy engineering is available at, or call (248) 204-2550.

Lawrence Tech has a long history of leadership in alternative energy and energy efficiency competitions and projects.

Walker said that, “Lawrence Tech is among just 20 universities across North America and Europe selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to design and build an all-solar home for the 2007 Solar Decathlon. Past student teams have showcased their hybrid electric vehicles at the White House and won the rugged Tour de Sol Championship with an 80 mpg sedan. Our students also have swept the awards in the past two Michigan Zero Energy Home Design Competitions and have partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy, DTE Energy, and others to study the performance of the DTE Energy Hydrogen Technology Park near campus.”

Lawrence Tech students and faculty are also undertaking fuel cell research this year for the U.S. Army TARDEC. Students have also constructed a 10 kilowatt photovoltaic demonstration project on campus, and in April the University opened one of the nation’s most comprehensive “living laboratories” demonstrating energy efficiency and sustainable design – the A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center.

Lawrence Tech,, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Founded in 1932, the University pioneered the offering of day and evening classes nearly 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend programs. Lawrence Tech’s 125-acre campus is in Southfield, and executive education centers are located in Plymouth, Clinton Township, Traverse City, and Petoskey. With partner universities, Lawrence Tech also offers programs in Europe, India, Mexico, and throughout Asia.