SOUTHFIELD — “The Future of Transportation: Roads,
Bridges and Transit” is the topic of this year’s President’s
Symposium at Lawrence Technological University on
Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Lawrence Tech
alumnus Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of
Transportation. The panelists will be:
• Jay Baron, president and CEO of the Center for Automotive
• Michael Ford, CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of
• Chuck Gulash, director of the Collaborative Safety Research
Center of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North
• Douglas Patton, executive vice president for engineering
and chief technical officer for Denso International America
• J. Gary Smyth, executive director of the North American
Science Labs, Global Research and Development of General
The panelists will be asked how technology can help solve transportation issues.
LTU President Virinder Moudgil founded the annual
symposium in 2012 to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to
major challenges facing the Metro Detroit region.
“The big challenge of the next few decades will be to find
ways to harness technology to deal with the various
challenges facing our society. Transportation is one of the top
priorities, especially here in Michigan,” Moudgil said.
The symposium will be held in the Mary E. Marburger Science
and Engineering Auditorium in LTU’s Science Building, 21000
W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. Admission is free, but seating
is limited. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m.
Reservations should be made at
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private
university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100
programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of
Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and