Nearly 40 years ago, Lawrence Tech’s third president, Wayne H. Buell, described Lawrence Tech as “a private university serving public purposes.” Lawrence Tech has a strong tradition of service to the professions, 该地区, 对于不同的人群. The University’s presence is marked not only by contributions to a highly-skilled workforce, but also by its impact on neighborhoods, 年轻人, 文化中心, 老师, 和企业. 70多年了, 劳伦斯科技公司提供了高质量的产品, accessible opportunities for social and economic mobility.
The College of Architecture and Design's Detroit Studio, 位于新中心地区, serves the community and provides architecture students with opportunities in community-based architectural, urban design and community development projects.
One recent project of the Detroit Studio is the 菲尔德 City Center Study Project, a community-based design study produced by Lawrence Tech senior and graduate students. This project was funded by the 菲尔德 City Centre Advisory Board, an entity established to improve the quality of life of the 菲尔德 city center area. 与城市合作, Lawrence Tech students also developed a master plan for improving the 菲尔德 city center area as "a catalyst for downtown revitalization"
The University's architecture students and faculty have played leadership roles in what have evolved as 该地区's most important development and design projects, including the revitalization of Detroit's theater district – the Fox, 状态, and Gem Theaters – which had its roots in a Lawrence Tech student project.
Other cities that have benefited from Lawrence Tech projects include 特洛伊, 刘易斯顿, 菲尔德, 庞蒂亚克, 米尔福德港, 法明顿, 罗彻斯特, Idlewild, 温莎, 和底特律, 在伍德沃德大街. 和格兰河大道. 走廊.
Lawrence Tech received a $100,000 grant from the nonprofit NextEnergy 公司 to develop an alternative energy technology curriculum. In association with Focus: HOPE and Lansing 社区 College, Lawrence Tech will develop associate degree and certificate programs in alternative energy, with a bachelor's degree program and continuing education programs to follow.
Studying alternative forms of energy is anything but new at Lawrence Tech. Hybrid electric cars developed by the University’s engineering students have received national attention for more than a decade, and architecture students recently won Michigan’s Zero Energy Home competition. Prior to the NextEnergy education grant awards, Lawrence Tech announced a new alternative energy course for this fall – one of the first such courses in the state.
“We are very excited to have a role creating the first wave of alternative energy programs for Michigan,查尔斯·M说。. 钱伯斯，劳伦斯科技公司总裁. “From power electronics and electrochemistry to fuel cell science and solar systems, faculty and students will explore the very latest alternatives to today’s costly pollution-producing fuels.”
According to NextEnergy Chief Operating Officer Steven D. Arwood, “The creation of a curriculum for technicians and engineers is a significant part of the infrastructure that will position the 状态 of Michigan to take the leadership role in producing a workforce to continue AET 研究 and development. The awards are expected to result in a seamless, statewide curriculum in alternative energy between two year and four year schools."
Lawrence Tech is a partner in the Oakland Automation Alley SmartZone, one of 11 Michigan SmartZones created by the state's Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The Oakland Automation Alley SmartZone is a partnership of 利记sbo and Oakland University, 南菲尔德的城市, 特洛伊, 和罗切斯特山, as well as Oakland County and Automation Alley.
Lawrence Tech supports SmartZone activities by providing access to training, 研究, 和会议, 信息技术, and recreation facilities to SmartZone tenants. The University provides opportunities for applied 研究 and technology transfer using faculty and students. Customized cooperative education programs link Lawrence Tech students with SmartZone tenants for their mutual benefit as well as strengthening workforce capacity in 该地区.