President’s Symposium Series
Sponsored by the College of Architecture and Design

Inclusive Technology: Seeking to Do Good

“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.”
R. Buckminster Fuller.
At a time when technology is often used to divide and exclude and when the latest upgrade can be more about status than ability, there are people who use technology to unite and empower. As a technological university, Lawrence Tech educates students on how to use and master various technologies and develop new ones. The most ambitious part of this mission is to help these future leaders understand and pursue the positive role that technology can have on our society.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6:30 p.m., reception follows

Lawrence Technological University
Science Building
Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium, S100
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075


  • Mercedes Mane
    President and CEO
    PlantLink, Oso Technologies, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
  • Malcolm McCullough
    Professor of Architecture
    Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    University of Michigan
  • Julie Bateman
    Director of Operations
    Vayu, LLC
  • Meg Green
    Experience Architect


Lilian Crum
Director, Graphic Design and Interaction Design
College of Architecture and Design
Lawrence Technological University

The event is free but seating is limited.

For questions, please contact:

Kathryn Roy

Lillian CrumLillian Crum
Assistant Professor
Director, Graphic Design and Interaction Design
Lawrence Technological University

Lilian Crum is a Detroit-based visual artist and designer. She received the MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and the HBA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. 

She is a founder and partner of Unsold Studio, a collaborative art and design studio that focuses on producing work for creative culture and the public good. Clients include Cranbrook Art Museum, Will Leather Goods, and Culture Lab Detroit, and the studio is involved in community-development initiatives such as Impact 48 through the AIGA Detroit chapter. The studio has recently exhibited at Cornell College in Iowa and Pratt Institute in New York City.  

Crum’s personal work is exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. She is represented by Alison Milne Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario Sales Gallery in Toronto and James Robertson Art Consultants in Toronto and London, England.

Julie BatemanJulie Bateman
Director of Operations
Vayu, Inc. 

Vayu creates fully autonomous drones that serve and connect rural villages to medical facilities in larger population centers. Healthcare providers and disaster relief responders in Asia, Africa, and South America depend on the unreliable availability of motorcycles, cars, and trucks to serve remote communities, where over one billion people live without access to all-weather roads. Vayu’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle can provide reliable, fast, and affordable delivery of vital medicines to these isolated areas, both on a regular basis and in times of crisis. The drones can also transport tissue and blood samples for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Bateman received the degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan in 2012. She is a LEED Green Associate and received the DOW Doctoral Sustainability Fellowship.

Meg GreenMeg Green
Experience Architect
Pillar Technology 

Meg Green specializes in user experience research. Before Pillar Technology, they worked at the University of Michigan as a graduate intern for CommonGround, a program that teaches academic courses, student organizations, and residence hall, Greek life, and other campus communities about social justice. This, combined with their experience in the game industry for Glu Mobile and Electronic Arts, has given Green a varied understanding of the role user experience plays in progressing diversity.

Mercedes ManeMercedes Mane
President and CEO
PlantLink, Oso Technologies

A serial entrepreneur, Mercedes Mane helped develop and market the PlantLink Smart Plant Care System, which uses soil moisture sensors to notify indoor and outdoor gardeners via cell phone when to water their plants, which can be done remotely. The system’s PlantLink Valve attaches to a spigot or hose and waters the plants on command, on a set schedule, or when needed, checking the local weather. In 2015 the company partnered with Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s “Connected Yard,” an Internet of Things for gardeners, to reach a larger market. 

Mane is also managing partner of the Product Manufactory, a collection of creative professionals dedicated to in-depth collaboration with clients from conception to production. A Fab Academy instructor with the Fab Foundation, she teaches students a new way of approaching knowledge and technological tools to promote innovation and invention and provide stimulus for local entrepreneurship. Mane has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Malcolm McCulloughMalcolm McCullough
Professor of Architecture
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning 
University of Michigan

Malcolm McCullough teaches architecture and media arts as a professor of architecture in the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is the author of three widely read books on digital design: Digital Ground (2004), Abstracting Craft (1996), and Digital Design Media (1991, with William Mitchell). His latest book, Ambient Commons: Attention in the Age of Embodied Information, published in 2013, explores the “Ambient,” the all-pervasive, super-connected, data-saturated environment in which we now live. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2001, McCullough taught at Carnegie Mellon University and for 10 years at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As his writings are often used in design teaching, McCullough has given nearly 50 invited lectures in more than 15 countries. He is a pioneer in commercial computer-aided design and the incorporation of digital media in studio-based education in architecture and urban design.

NAFTA Revisited: The Way Forward in the 21st-Century Global Economy

Edward Alden
Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Douglas George
Consul General of Canada

Juan Manuel Solana Morales
Consul of Mexico

Paul Traub
Senior Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Thomas Marx
Director, Senior Service College Fellowship Program
Director, Center for Leadership
College of Management
Lawrence Technological University

The Future of Transportation: Roads, Bridges, and Transit
Exploring the Role of Technology in Solving Transportation Issues 

Chuck Gulash
Collaborative Safety Research Center
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc.

J. Gary Smyth
Executive Director
North American Science Labs, Global Research and Development
General Motors Company

Michael G. Ford
Chief Executive Officer
Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Jay Baron
President and Chief Executive Officer
Center for Automotive Research 

Douglas E. Patton
Executive Vice President, Engineering, and Chief Technical Officer
DENSO International America, Inc. 

Kirk T. Steudle, PE
State of Michigan Department of Transportation

The Role of Technology in Healthcare 

Sean Bumstead
Chief Information Officer
Employee Health Insurance Management, Inc. 

Dr. Glenn Green
Pediatric Otolaryngology
University of Michigan 

Dr. John F. Tu
Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Beaumont Health System

Matt Roush
Former Technology Editor
WWJ Newsradio 950

Director, Communications and Public Relations
Engineering Society of Detroit

Reclaiming Detroit with Design and Technology 

Robert Gregory
Senior Vice President
Downtown Detroit Partnership 

Rainy Hamilton, Jr.
Co-Founder and Principal
Hamilton Anderson Associates

Kim Heron
Web and Publications Writer
Kresge Foundation

Faye Nelson
President and CEO
Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

Frank Beckmann
Mid-Morning Host
WJR News/Talk 760

High Tech AND Beyond ...
Reaching for the Technology of the Future 

A Cross-Disciplinary Symposium in Honor of the Inauguration of President Virinder Moudgil

Dr. Yu-Chong Tai
Professor of Electrical, Mechanical, and Bioengineering
California Institute of Technology
“Micro Implants: A New Branch of Next Generation Biomedical Devices” 

Vincent Dow
Vice President
Distribution Operations, DTE Energy
“Distributed Energy Storage”

Joseph Jeup
President, Joseph Jeup Inc.
“Technology: Allowing Small Business to Compete in a Global Economy”

David Behen
State of Michigan
“Innovation in Government Services” Chief Information 

Alan McCord
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Lawrence Technological University