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Robert S. Taubman to give Lawrence Tech commencement address

Release Date: May 3, 2017

Commencement-2017-honorees.jpgParticipating in 2017 Commencement Exercises are: (L-R) Robert "Bobby" Taubman, Rajeev Batra, and Alan Cobb.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Businessman Robert S. Taubman will deliver the commencement address at Lawrence Technological University’s 85th commencement exercises Saturday, May 6.

LTU will hold indoor ceremonies at 1 p.m. at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas, 867 E. South Boulevard in Pontiac. The university is awarding approximately 950 degrees and certificates this academic year.

Lawrence Tech alumni Rajeev Batra, BSEE’90, and Alan Cobb, BSAr’76, will receive the LTU Alumni Achievement Award at the event. Taubman will also receive an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree.

Taubman is chairman, president and CEO of Bloomfield Hills-based Taubman Centers Inc. He has led the company and served on its board since the company’s initial public stock offering in 1992. Taubman joined the firm in 1976, was promoted to executive vice president in 1984, COO in 1988, president and CEO in 1990, and chairman in 2001. Taubman owns and operates shopping centers in the United States and Asia, and its properties have set the industry standard for design and productivity for more than six decades. 

Taubman and his family, including his late father, A. Alfred, HD’85, a former LTU architecture student, are among Michigan’s most generous supporters of advances in health care and higher education. Lawrence Tech’s Taubman Student Services Center and Taubman Engineering, Architecture, and Life Sciences Complex were made possible through lead gifts from the Taubmans, who have also provided the landmark Ockham’s Wedge sculpture at the center of LTU’s campus quadrangle, and the Fulcrum sculpture to be dedicated soon in the university’s library.

Batra is president of the Digital Factory division of Siemens Corp. in the United States. He is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive automation portfolio of hardware, software and technology-based services. The nearly 1,500 employees of the Digital Factory serve a wide variety of global manufacturers and their supply chain. Batra joined Siemens in 1993.

Cobb is president and CEO of Kahn, the Detroit architecture firm founded by the renowned architect Albert Kahn in 1895. He joined the firm in 1976, and served as a design architect until 1993, when he was named senior vice president and director of design, architecture, and sustainability. He was named president and CEO in 2013. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Cobb was instrumental in the design and construction of LTU’s newest academic building, the A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Architecture, and Life Sciences Complex, which opened in September 2016. As the architect and engineer of record, Kahn employed new materials and methods in the building’s construction.