To be recognized for transformative STEM and design education that develops leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset and global perspective.

IDEAS is more than a clever acronym. IDEAS will distinguish you as a Lawrence Tech engineer!

Everyone knows that engineers solve the problems that our ever changing world faces.  We know our engineering students want to be solution providers.

Through a generous grant from KEEN, our IDEAS has turned into a reality.

 The College of Engineering recognizes that the problems engineers face are becoming more and more complex.  High performing, interdisciplinary teams are needed to solve these challenges.  At Lawrence Tech, IDEAS facilitates collaboration amongst students from various engineering disciplines. 

For engineers to solve these problems, they must first recognize the opportunities in the world around them and find the right problem to solve.  With IDEAS, students interact with and create extraordinary value for real world customers.  IDEAS fosters a  habit of thought that empowers students to be curious about the world around them and recognize opportunities to connect the technical skills learned in the classroom to the needs of their customer. Students become champions of value creation.

Innovation and Challenges

The SEED facilitates the following innovative curricular and extracurricular activities: 

eWeek Design Challenges

Innovation Encounter

Sophomore Expo

(Fundamentals of Engineering Design Project) is an active and engaging course that demonstrates the many aspects of engineering and the engineer’s role in society through real world needs. This course introduces the student to basic engineering concepts and the various engineering disciplines through design and project work. The course also exposes the student to important engineering tools, methods, and processes. It also lays the groundwork for entrepreneurial/professional skill-sets that are needed by all engineers for effective communication of technical concepts while working in a team setting. Core concepts include:

Engineering Design Process
Self-Awareness & Ethics
Critical Thinking

The team in the picture is developing a project for ConnectUs

In EGE2123 (Entrepreneurial Engineering Design Studio), the course builds upon skills learned in EGE1001. Solutions are created through team-based projects. Students utilize engineering tools and skills, identify opportunities, ideate, perform value analyses, and engage with an actual customer.

The course is taught in a studio format. Hands-on learning is emphasized while content is delivered progressively, as needed, throughout a systematic engineering design process. Our program has been recognized as an exemplar by KEEN as showcased in KEEN’zine.

(Leadership & Professional Development) is an active and engaging course that introduces leadership skills, thoughtfully explores professional ethics and consequences of decision making on the future of engineering, explores teamwork, and allows demonstration of professional development tools. This course builds upon the practices and mindset developed in EGE 1001 and EGE 2123 (or equivalent). Students are better prepared for the senior capstone experience as well as a profession in engineering and/or technology. It also contributes to the entrepreneurial/professional skill-sets all engineers need to possess so that they can effectively complete projects (and solve problems) while working in a team setting.Leadership & Professional Development (EGE 3022)

Project based Entrepreneurial Minded Learning (EML) is technical instruction adapted to promote and encourage curiosity, discovery, developing insight, creating value, and capitalizing on the experiential
path. LTU distinguishes its graduates by providing excellent technical skills curriculum combined with the ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ that cultivates curiosity, connections, and creating value. EML content is
Discipline Specific and allows students to develop Discipline Specific Skills and Techniques.

As seniors, students implement Full Depth and Breadth of Engineering Tools and Processes by working on Conceptual or Real World Design Projects.  Projects incorporate a Business Case and Economic Viability.