SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University will begin its celebration of National Engineers Week on Monday, Feb. 17 with a 12:30 p.m. lecture on space technology by Todd Barber, senior propulsion engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
Barber worked as lead propulsion engineer on NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn, following work on the Mars Exploration Rover mission that landed the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, the Deep Impact mission to study the interior of a comet, and the Mars Science Laboratory mission that landed the rover Curiosity.
Barber has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from MIT and is also a composer and performer of church choral music.
Other eWeek activities at LTU include:
- Monday Feb. 17: a screening of the movie “The Martian” at 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 18: an all-day calculator scavenger hunt around the LTU campus, and at noon, a “Tech Tuesday” innovation skills challenge run by LTU’s chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.
- Wednesday, Feb. 19: at 3:30 p.m., a paper circuit art contest run by the LTU student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a Tech Trivia Night at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 20: A noon “Minute to Win It” engineering contest run by the LTU student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, 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.