Lawrence Tech to host 10th annual Innovation Encounter

SOUTHFIELD— Innovation Encounter, an engineering competition where collegiate teams design a solution to a real-world technical problem, will be held for the 10th year this fall at Lawrence Technological University.

The event will be held Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 at LTU’s campus in Southfield. Eaton, the power management company, is this year’s sponsor for the event, and will be providing the real-world problem for the students to tackle.

Innovation Encounter is a two-day, hands-on boot camp where up to six collegiate teams of up to six students per team apply classroom training to develop and present solutions to the sponsor’s pre-defined problem to a panel of judges made up of sponsor representatives. The sponsors receive rights to the intellectual property in the ideas presented, and get a chance to connect with motivated students and faculty from LTU and other participating universities.

“Eaton is proud to serve as the sponsor of this year’s Innovation Encounter at Lawrence Technological University,” said Larry Bennett, director, Vehicle Technologies and Innovation, Vehicle Group, Eaton. “Since its inception 10 years ago, this event has successfully attracted some of the country’s top engineering talent to compete against their peers and hone their talents by working to find solutions to real-world problems.”

Lawrence Tech will compete in the event this year, along with teams from Ohio Northern University and the University of Toledo. Up to three more teams are still being sought. For more information, contact Morano at or visit Businesses interested in future sponsorship opportunities should contact Ross Sanders at or 248.204.2221.

Prior years’ sponsors have included Ford Motor Co., Visteon Corp., Dürr Systems Inc., Masco Corp., Faurecia North America, Reverie, Leon Speakers Inc., ElringKlinger Automotive Manufacturing Inc., and Carhartt Inc.

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, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 15 percent of 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.

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. They provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 100,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

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