LTU Prof Talks Entrepreneurial Engineering

ROYAL OAK — Cristi L. Bell-Huff, director of the Studio for Entrepreneurial Engineering Design at Lawrence Technological University, talks about how engineering students at LTU develop an entrepreneurial mindset in this segment of the M2 TechCast.

This year, LTU’s sophomore classes on engineering design are focusing on products to make life easier for people with disabilities. They’re working through the social services agency Services To Enhance Potential (STEP).

Students must ask real customers – the disabled – what products they need to make their lives and jobs easier.

The classes take place in the engineering design studios that are part of LTU’s new A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Life Sciences and Architectural Complex.

The studios serve as an incubator where students, faculty, community members, and corporate partners can develop new products and manufacturing processes. The studio includes equipment that gives students the opportunity to try out new ideas outside of the classroom.

The studio is also is a conduit for faculty-led research projects with corporate partners that can also provide research experience to students.

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