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LTU to inaugurate new president, kick off 90th anniversary at Homecoming Sept. 24

Release Date: August 30, 2022

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University will formally inaugurate its eighth president, Tarek M Sobh, PhD, P.E., as part of its Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Sept. 24. The occasion also begins the University’s yearlong observance of the 90th anniversary of its founding in 1932.

The day begins with an Inauguration Ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. at LTU’s Don Ridler Field House (building 15 at www.ltu.edu/map). The ceremony will formally vest leadership of the institution to its new president, and allow the University’s stakeholders to become more familiar with the president and his vision for the institution. The event is open to the public and does not require a ticket.

The day continues with a 1 p.m. football game, with LTU hosting the Roosevelt University Lakers. Both schools are members of the Mid-States Football Association conference. Tickets for LTU football are available at https://ltuathletics.com/sports/2022/1/10/tickets-page.aspx.

The inauguration festivities conclude with an 8 p.m. Inaugural Ball and 90th Anniversary Celebration at The Mint banquet and conference center, 27000 Evergreen Road in Lathrup Village. Tickets for this dinner-and-dancing event are $150 for an individual or $250 for a couple, with additional donations to LTU optional. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.ltu.edu/inauguration/ball.asp. The event has a cocktail-attire dress code.

LTU has reserved a special rate at the nearby Southfield Best Western Premier for LTU alumni and friends attending the events from outside the Detroit area. Use the code LTU2022 when booking a room.

Sobh assumed the office of president Jan. 1, 2022 after serving for 15 months as LTU’s provost and chief academic officer. Previously, he was interim provost, university executive vice president for research and economic development, and founding dean of the College of Engineering, Business and Education at the University of Bridgeport. He received a Bachelor of Science in engineering with honors in computer science and automatic control from Alexandria University in Egypt, and Master of Science and PhD degrees in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his academic career as a research assistant professor of computer science at the University of Utah.

A prolific scholar, Sobh has authored more than 250 refereed journal and conference papers and book chapters, in addition to 27 books. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of 18 journals, and has served on the program committees of over 300 international conferences and workshops in the robotics, automation, sensing, computing, systems, control, online engineering and engineering education areas. Sobh has presented more than 150 keynote speeches, invited talks and lectures, colloquia and seminars at research meetings, university departments, research centers, and companies. His background is in the fields of robotics, computer science and engineering, control theory, automation, manufacturing, AI, computer vision and signal processing.

The Sept. 24 events conclude a full schedule of Homecoming Week activities at LTU. For more events occurring throughout the week visit ltu.edu/inauguration/events.asp.

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering, and Specs@LTU. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of “Best in the Midwest” colleges. 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 over 75 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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