September 22 LTU Symposium Looks at the Future of Transportation Infrastructure

September 22 LTU Symposium Looks at the Future of Transportation Infrastructure

September 22 LTU Symposium Looks at the Future of Transportation Infrastructure southfieldcc_3ik8d2

steudlekirkLTUSOUTHFIELD, Mich. – “The Future of Transportation: Roads, Bridges and Transit” is the topic of this year’s President’s Symposium at Lawrence Technological University on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Lawrence Tech alumnus Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. The panelists will be:

  • Chuck Gulash, director of the Collaborative Safety Research Center of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc.
  • J. Gary Smyth, executive director of the North American Science Labs, Global Research and Development of General Motors Company.
  • Michael Ford, CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.
  • Jay Baron, president and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research.
  • Douglas Patton, executive vice president for engineering and chief technical officer for DENSO International America, Inc.

The panelists will be asked how technology can be leveraged to solve transportation issues.

LTU President Virinder Moudgil founded the annual symposium in 2012 to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to major challenges facing the Metro Detroit region.

“The big challenge of the next few decades will be to find ways to harness technology to deal with the various challenges facing our society. Transportation is one of the top priorities, especially here in Michigan,” Moudgil said.

The symposium will be held in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium in LTU’s Science Building, 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield. Admission is free, but seating is limited. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m.

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