LTU Research Day Friday to show off university’s growing research effort

SOUTHFIELD—More than 130 poster and oral presentations by Lawrence Technological University students and faculty will be showcased in the university’s 11th annual Research Day Friday, April 19.

The event begins with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. At 9:15, University of Michigan Professor Emeritus Galip Ulsoy will present the Research Day Keynote, “Research Changes the World.” He’ll review basic concepts of research, science, and engineering, the role of the university in the generation and transmission of new knowledge, and highlight how research, science, and engineering changed the world in the 20th Century.

Following Ulsoy’s presentation, at 10:45 a.m., Philip Plowright, department chair and professor in the Department of Design in LTU’s College of Architecture and Design, will present the Research Day Presidential Colloquium. Each year, an LTU faculty member is selected to present the colloquium, based on the depth and excellence of their research work. Plowright’s presentation, “Where You Stand Matters: Space as an Interdisciplinary Paradigm,” will cover his research in cognitive processes in design, especially as applied to design methods, teaching and learning.

Both Ulsoy’s and Plowright’s presentations will take place in the Marburger Auditorium of LTU’s Science Building (building 7 at

Following the morning events, Research Day moves to LTU’s Buell Building (building 5 at In Buell’s atrium and classrooms, more than 130 research projects will be showcased, both on posters and in oral presentations. The research comes from LTU students and faculty, as well as selected high school students. There will be two poster sessions, from noon to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m.

And at 2 p.m., the university will host an organizational meeting toward an LTU chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in the Buell Building’s Room M336. NAI is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 2010 that now has more than 4,600 individual members, including NAI Fellows, Senior Members, and Chapter Members, affiliated with approximately 260 institutions—U.S. and international universities, governmental agencies, and nonprofit research institutes—worldwide. Fellows must be named as an inventor on at least one United States patent and are selected by the NAI Fellows Committee.

The formation of the LTU NAI chapter was spearheaded by longtime LTU engineering technology professor Ken Cook, holder of some 25 U.S. patents. Cook, whose teaching career at LTU spanned seven decades, passed away March 21 at the age of 82.

The members admitted to LTU’s chapter will be comprised of the University’s most prolific inventors, encompassing alumni, faculty, students and friends.

All Research Day events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. To register, visit

Sponsors of the event are the intellectual property law firm Ward Law Office LLC, with offices in Southfield and Tiffin, Ohio; the Ann Arbor life sciences industry accelerator ArborHive; and the Southfield-based digital marketing agency Yellow Flag Productions.

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932 and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences, as well as Specs@LTU as part of its growing Center for Professional Development. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report list it in the top tier of the best Midwest colleges. 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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