Lawrence Tech wins recognition for connecting engineering practice and education

As one of five finalists in a competition sponsored by the National
Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), Southfield’s
Lawrence Tech University won $7,500 and some high praise from contest
organizers.

LTU’s Department of Civil Engineering was honored by its capstone
courses for seniors, a two-semester class which integrates design,
project management and significant mentorship and professional guidance
from area engineers and companies.

Two teams of LTU students worked last year with Self Help Addiction
Rehabilitation (SHAR) of Detroit, which is helping to redevelop
vacant and blighted land in the city.

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The Project E student capstone team developed plans
for rehabilitating an abandoned market as an equestrian center for the
Detroit Police Department. The Earth, Preservation, and Recovery (EPR)
team proposed using a closed Detroit Public School building as a
vocational school for urban farming and sustainable living skills. During
the planning process, the student teams worked with mentors in the
civil engineering profession and made their final presentations to an
industry advisory board. They were in contact with industry
practitioners and community organizers.

“These
two teams gained knowledge about an underserved population in the
Detroit area, and they saw how their skills as engineers can be used for
the benefit of society,” said LTU Associate Professor Donald
Carpenter, a faculty advisor for senior projects in the Department of
Civil Engineering.

Find out more about LTU here.