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Engineering opportunities touted at Lawrence Tech conference March 7

Release Date: February 21, 2008

Southfield, Mich. Lawrence Technological University will host a March 7 conference, “Engineering: Re-Tooling to Meet the Challenges of a Changing World,”  for high school counselors, teachers, superintendents and parents – the people who can help high school students decide on the careers they want to pursue. There also will be information for adults who want to pursue a new career.

The free program will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 7, on the atrium level of the Buell Building at Lawrence Tech, 21000 West Ten Mile in Southfield. Breakfast and lunch are included.

The conference will address three topics, “Engineering as a Career,” “Innovation in Engineering Education” and “Leadership in Engineering,” informing participants how the field of engineering has changed, what new opportunities and jobs exist, and how to prepare our students for competition in the global economy.

The discussion will be led by educators and practicing engineers, including Devdas Shetty, dean of the College of Engineering at Lawrence Tech.

According to Shetty, many jobs continue to be created in traditional engineering fields – aeronautical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, energy, engineering technology, industrial operations and mechanical engineering. Contrary to what some might expect, there are also new engineering jobs in the automotive industry. An engineering degree can open doors to a surprisingly wide variety of careers, including health care, agriculture, law and medicine.

“Engineers are known for using creative approaches to solve problems and for their entrepreneurial spirit,” Shetty said. “More engineers are needed to help rebuild Michigan’s economy and contribute to the global economy.”

The conference will also discuss what classes future engineers should be taking in high school.

Reservations are requested by March 3. Call (248) 204-3160 or register online at

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 60 Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 5,000-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.