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President Walker honored for contributions to science and engineering

Release Date: March 12, 2012

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University President Lewis Walker has been awarded the annual Gold Award by the Affiliate Council of the Engineering Society of Detroit for his many contributions to the field of science and engineering. 

Walker has served as president and CEO of Lawrence Tech since 2006. He joined the university in 1994 as provost and took on the additional role of executive vice president in 2003. He will be stepping down as president on June 30.

As president, Walker continued to expand academic priorities that he had helped put in place as provost and executive vice president – improving student access to computer technology, expanding international partnerships, and making facility improvements to support emerging technologies and career fields.

The growth of degree and fast-track certificate programs from the associate through the doctoral level has been a hallmark of Walker’s leadership. The number of academic programs has grown from 60 to more than 100, and Lawrence Tech has introduced more than 40 “fast track” certificate programs designed to help displaced workers make a quick transition to new careers.

Walker holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a registered professional engineer, he was a principal investigator of numerous research contracts and helped develop systems to communicate with deeply submerged submarines anywhere in the world.

In 1982, Walker became dean of engineering and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Hartford and later also served as special assistant to the president. He has organized and presented many short courses and seminars on power system protection and power system dispatch operations. He has published more than 50 technical papers and has lectured in Europe, Asia, and South America.

Lawrence Technological University, 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. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student groups and NAIA varsity sports.