OV ATION INN CONTENTS 1 2 From the Dean CIMR boiling over with innovation LTU lab studies advanced materials for defense, infrastructure Power packed Another grant from Johnson Controls aims to improve lithium-ion batteries A great year for Blue Devil Motorsports A robot looks at history Thanks to LTU students, tour this 1904 Ford plant from … anywhere [Taubman] Complex solution LTU’s latest building addition has expanded labs for bioengineering program Engineers as entrepreneurs LTU key national player in boosting innovation, design thinking in engineering education NAIAS, MAIN Event feature LTU talent LTU moves up in engineering rankings In brief International industrial engineering conference, MDOT classes, new engineering technology labs, urban flooding and pollution, tow plows Faculty achievements LTU professors champion the Great Lakes,win grant to advance fluid power education, receive patent Student achievements ASCE student competition, Blue Devils win IGVC, Innovation Encounter, University Innovation Fellows named, wooden bridge team success Student awards By the numbers Back cover Taubman Complex features sophisticated tech to delight any engineer 5 6 8 Spring 2017 Volume 9 Published by the Office of Marketing and Public Affairs and the College of Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075-1058; 248.204.2200 or 800.225.5558, ext. 4; Fax 248.204.2318; email@example.com; www.ltu.edu. Virinder K. Moudgil President of the University Nabil F. Grace Dean, College of Engineering University Distinguished Professor Lewis G. Frasch Associate Dean, College of Engineering Elin Jensen Associate Dean, College of Engineering; Innovation Magazine Coordinator Executive Editor: Bruce J. Annett, Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Managing Editor: Matthew N. Roush (email@example.com) Writers: Matthew N. Roush, Keith Kowalkowski 10 12 13 16 17 Design: NetWorks Design, Inc. Production Team: Anne Adamus, Sofia Lulgjuraj Photography: Matthew N. Roush, Nic Lehoux, Sofia Lulgjuraj, Justin Munter, Glen Triest, and others © 2017 by Lawrence Technological University. All rights reserved. Comments about the magazine, articles, or letters may be sent to the Dean of Engineering. Send address changes to (fax) 248.204.2318 or firstname.lastname@example.org . 23 26 31 32 On the cover: LTU’s Center for Innovative Materials Research is a busy place, with students and faculty conducting experiments on building better roads, bridges, and buildings. In the foreground at left are Nabil Grace, dean of the College of Engineering, and Mena Bebawy, assistant professor.