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Nearly 100 research projects to be showcased at LTU's Research Day April 22

Release Date: April 11, 2022
Research Day 2019

Students discuss their research projects with LTU faculty, staff, and friends at the pre-pandemic 2019 Research Day. 
LTU photo / Matt Roush.

SOUTHFIELD—Nearly 100 research projects from Lawrence Technological University students and faculty will be showcased at the university’s ninth annual Research Day, Friday, April 22.

Research will be presented from many of the university’s 100-plus academic programs in its four Colleges—Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering.

“We’re so happy to be back in person with Research Day after a long pandemic hiatus,” said Matthew Cole, associate professor in the College of Business and Information Technology and Research Day director. “We’ll hear from some of the most accomplished young scholars at LTU on their significant, groundbreaking research.”

Added LTU President Tarek Sobh: “Contributing new knowledge of serious intellectual merit is one of the primary missions of a high-quality university. LTU’s faculty and students are excited about conducting research that advances knowledge in the disciplines we teach, doing our part to contribute to a better society.”

The day begins at 9 a.m. with the Presidential Colloquium presentation by Scott Shall, associate professor and associate dean of the College of Architecture and Design, on “Building Collaboration.”  

In addition to his LTU teaching, Shall is founding director of the International Design Clinic (IDC, www.internationaldesignclinic.org), a registered non-profit that realizes socially responsive creative action with communities in need around the world. Shall’s work in this arena has been disseminated widely, including publications by the AIA Press and exhibitions in the Venice Architecture Biennale and MoMA.

The Research Day keynote will be delivered at 10:30 a.m. by Kimon P. Valavanis, professor in the Daniel Felix Richie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver, where he is founding director of the university’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute. He has also taught at universities in Brazil, China, Croatia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Poland, and for the European Commission. During his career he has advised 38 PhD students and more than 100 master’s degree students, and has helped attract more than $50 million in research funding. He has also published more than 400 book chapters, technical journal articles, refereed conference papers, invited papers, and technical reports in his research areas of unmanned systems, distributed intelligence systems, robotics, and automation. He was editor-in-chief of the IEEE’s Robotics and Automation Magazine for 10 years, and is a fellow of several technical societies.

Afternoon sessions in the atrium of LTU’s Buell Building (Building 5 on www.ltu.edu/map) include the 12:30 poster exhibits and 2:30 paper presentations.

Visit https://www.ltu.edu/provosts_office/research_day.asp for more information. 

More about Shall’s work at https://www.ltu.edu/architecture_and_design/faculty/profile.asp?_c=625. More about Valavanis’ work at https://ritchieschool.du.edu/about/people/kimon-p-valavanis.

The presenting sponsor of LTU's Ninth Annual Research Day is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which provides financial support to LTU faculty and students to embed authentic course-based research experiences within regular class activities.

Lawrence Technological University is one of 13 private, technological, comprehensive 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. 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 more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.


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