LTU event to offer examples of people using tech for public good

SOUTHFIELD — At a time when technology is all too often used to divide and exclude, who is using technology to unite and empower?

Lawrence Technological University will explore the topic and provide positive examples in “Inclusive Technology: Seeking to Do Good” in the annual President’s Symposium Series.

Sponsored by LTU’s College of Architecture and Design, the event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in LTU’s Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium, Room S100 of the Science Building. LTU is located at 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. Free parking is available. For details, see

The panel discussion will be moderated by Lilian Crum, assistant professor in art and design, and director of the graphic design and interaction design programs at LTU. She is a founder and partner of Unsold Studio LLC, a collaborative art and design studio that focuses on producing work for creative culture and the public good.

Panelists are:
• Mercedes Mane, a serial entrepreneur and president and CEO of Urbana, Ill.-based OSO Technologies, manufacturers of PlantLink – technology to help people grow better plants
• Malcom McCullough, professor of architecture in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
• Julie Bateman, director of operations at Vayu LLC, an Ypsilanti-based manufacturer of unmanned aircraft designed to connect rural villages to medical facilities in larger population centers around the world
• Meg Green, experience architect at Pillar Technology, an Ann Arbor technology, marketing and strategy consultant

”As a technological university, Lawrence Tech educates students on how to use and master various technologies and develop new innovations,” said Karl Daubmann, dean of the college of architecture and design at LTU. “The most ambitious part of this mission is to help these future leaders understand and pursue the positive role that technology can have on our society.”

The event is open to the public but seating is limited. For more information, contact Kathryn Roy, assistant to the dean at the LTU College of Architecture and Design, at (248) 204-2805 or

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. 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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