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An international annual event sponsored by the SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers), the SAE® Aero Design competition is specifically directed toward college students interested in aeronautical engineering. Lawrence Tech has incorporated the competition into its engineering curriculum as a year-long project open to freshmen through senior students.
The 2013 Lawrence Tech SAE Aero Design® team will compete in the regular class against teams from around the world. Their challenge is to design, build, test, and fly a heavy-lift radio-controlled aircraft. Given a set of constraints, the goal is to airlift the most weight possible. A competitive 10-pound plane will lift 30 pounds of payload.
Constraints specified in the 2013 competition rule book include a maximum linear dimension (length plus width plus height) of 225 inches, an unmodified OS 0.61 FX engine, and the restriction that no fiber-reinforced plastics can be used as construction materials. The planes also have to take off within 200 feet and land within 400 feet.
The Center for Nonprofit Management at Lawrence Tech hosted an exchange session on June 14 with 10 delegates from Belarus on the topic of the U.S. nonprofit sector and its relationships with American government agencies related to delivery of social service programs.
Jamie Maclennan, BSME’13, BSPh’13; and Eric Patrick, BSME’13, have been awarded the 2013 Alumni Association Donley Distinguished Graduate Awards. They were selected for academic performance, extracurricular activities, and leadership qualities.
Famed auto executive Bob Lutz returned to Lawrence Tech on June 13 to praise former General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner, not to bury him in the criticism that was highlighted in a recent Detroit News review on Lutz’s new book, “Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership.”
Lawrence Technological University’s robotic vehicle, iWheels, finished sixth in the Auto-Nav Challenge, the main event at the 21th annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition held at Oakland University June 7-10. More than 50 teams from around the country and as far away as India and Japan entered the prestigious competition.
Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters (D-MI) received an honorary doctorate of humanities and gave the commencement address when Lawrence Tech’s 81st Commencement Exercises were held on May 11 at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac.
Lawrence Technological University (LTU) and the Maua Institute of Technology (IMT) in San Paulo, Brazil, have signed an agreement to bring Brazilian students to LTU to study mechanical engineering for a year.