LTU to webcast virtual Commencement Nov. 21 for May, December 2020 graduates
SOUTHFIELD—2020 has been a year like no other, and so it’s appropriate that Lawrence Technological University’s 2020 Commencement will share that one-of-a-kind nature.
Lawrence Tech will stream virtual Commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, honoring those who earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in both the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters. To view the ceremonies, visit www.ltu.edu/commencement/.
At the ceremonies, Gerard Anderson, executive chairman of DTE Energy, will receive a Doctor of Business Administration degree, honoris causa, and will serve as Commencement speaker.
Anderson joined DTE in 1993 and was named president in 2004, CEO in 2010, and chairman in 2011. He became executive chairman in 2019 to serve as an advisor to DTE CEO Jerry Norcia and focus on DTE’s community, state, federal, and broader industry roles. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA and a Master of Public Policy degree, both from the University of Michigan. Anderson is recognized as one of America’s foremost leaders in energy development and operations. He was the architect and leader of DTE’s strategy to focus on cost and operational excellence in the utility business and to develop non-regulated businesses, while maintaining DTE’s role as a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves.
Anderson is vice chair of the Edison Electric Institute board and co-chair of EEI’s Committee on Environment. He is the founder and leader of the Detroit Regional CEO Group. He chairs both the recently formed Detroit Regional Partnership and the Detroit Economic Club. He is also involved in many community and civic activities, including serving on the boards of The Nature Conservancy (Michigan chapter), the Henry Ford, the McGregor Fund, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the West Michigan Policy Forum, and more.
Also at the ceremonies, Lawrence Tech will bestow its highest alumni recognition, the Alumni Achievement Award, on Susan Collet, executive engineer with Toyota Motor North America’s Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs division. She has 44 years of auto industry experience, including 25 years at Toyota. Her experience includes developing information for environmental regulations, researching air quality and health effect trends, managing engineering projects, and developing automotive standards. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from LTU in 1980, and was the first president of the advisory board for the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical, Robotics, and Industrial Engineering, serving from 2010 to 2019. Collet has served on many agencies, government councils, and commissions relating to the goal of advancing environmental technologies, and has had her work published in leading professional journals. A scholarship recipient while attending Lawrence Tech, she has also established the Susan & Gordon Collet Endowed Scholarship at LTU.
Two LTU students will also be recognized as winners of LTU’s 2020 Ed Donley Distinguished Graduate Awards: Alexander Schlueter, who earned a Bachelor of Science in molecular and cell biology, and Brooke Timlin, who earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology.
Donley award winners are selected by the LTU Alumni Association Board of Directors. The awards recognize not only academic achievement, but also participation in campus activities, employment while a student, and involvement in professional associations and the community.
A member of LTU’s honors program, Schlueter minored in mathematics and chemistry. He volunteered as a tutor in LTU’s Academic Achievement Center and was captain of both the LTU hockey and lacrosse teams, serving on the LTU Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). A member of the LTU Math and Physics Clubs, Schlueter was an Academic All-American and received the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference’s Champions of Character award. He was also a WHAC all-conference lacrosse player. Outside LTU, Schlueter is vice president of Solectriq, a company he founded with family members, which designs, engineers, and supplies solar power systems for Michigan homes and businesses. He has also volunteered at Focus: HOPE and the Holistic Health Clinic in Royal Oak, and was part of LTU’s efforts in Southfield’s Big Rake program, which rakes the yards of the elderly and disabled. He now attends Touro University Medical School in California.
Timlin served as senator and executive board member in LTU’s student government, was a member and later captain of the LTU Dance Team, and served on the University’s SAAC and the Greek Council Executive Board, as a member of the Kappa Beta Gamma sorority. She also worked with prospective and first-year students at various events, was a psychology teaching assistant, and was a member of LTU’s Student Philanthropy Council. Outside of LTU, Timlin was a lifeguard at Red Oaks Water Park, a lifeguard instructor, and volunteered with special needs students at Beech Elementary School in the Redford Union School District. She has also volunteered at events of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Angels of Hope, and the Autism Alliance of Michigan. Timlin is now studying for a Master of Social Work degree at Wayne State University.
Saturday’s event will also feature remarks from LTU President Virinder Moudgil, Provost Tarek Sobh, Dean of Students Kevin Finn, and the deans of LTU’s four colleges: Karl Daubmann of Architecture and Design, Srini Kambhampati of Arts and Sciences, Bahman Mirshab of Business and Information Technology, and Nabil Grace of Engineering. Music will be provided by the LTU Blue Devil Pep Band.
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, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
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