New buildings, new academic programs, and new sports teams are on the horizon for Lawrence Technological University, President Virinder Moudgil told more than 200 faculty and staff in his annual “State of the University” speech Tuesday.
Moudgil said LTU will begin construction on a fourth residence hall immediately after Commencement May 6, and when it’s complete in the fall of 2018, more than 1,100 Lawrence Tech students will be living on campus. He said the move is part of the University’s long-term strategic plan to move toward a residential campus setting.
He also said the past year marked the opening of the A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Life Sciences and Architecture Complex to rave reviews in national architectural publications.
Moudgil congratulated the new Marburger STEM Center and its first director, Dr. Sibrina Collins, for many K-12 outreach activities, improving both the future pipeline of LTU students and the future pipeline of STEM-skilled workers in Michigan. And he congratulated numerous student teams for high achievement, including a national championship in autonomous vehicles and a top 10 national finish in the SAE Supermileage competition for ultra-high-MPG vehicles.
Lawrence Tech is also growing rapidly as a center for sponsored corporate research, Moudgil noted. “We are now a comprehensive university with teaching and research in balance, and we do what we are good at, which is applied research,” Moudgil said. This year’s Research Day April 7, Moudgil said, will feature more than 100 research project posters, up from 55 a year earlier.
Moudgil also reviewed new university programs, including a nursing degree in partnership with St. John Providence that will eventually bring 120 new students to campus. Athletically, Moudgil said the university’s addition of football will bring hundreds more students in the door by the time the team starts varsity competition in 2019.
And Moudgil noted that the University’s partnership with the city of Southfield is stronger than ever, evidenced by the LTU Collaboratory business incubator, which has so far served 50 companies, and which has resulted in the formation of 15 new companies.
Besides the new buildings, LTU is also installing a faster internet access system that requires 42 miles of cable installation. And in terms of marketing and public outreach, the university’s Facebook audience is up 25 percent since Jan. 1, and media mentions of the university nearly doubled over the past year.