Lawrence Tech gets $20 million gift from anonymous donor [Detroit Free Press]
(Detroit Free Press (MI) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 19--An anonymous $20 million gift, the largest cash gift ever to Lawrence Technological University, will be used to help fund a planned science, technology, engineering and mathematics center (STEM)
The 81-year-old, Soutfield-based private college got the gift as part of its ongoing capital campaign. LTU has about 4,500 students.
"This is a transformational contribution that provides Lawrence Tech an unprecedented opportunity to advance several long-term goals at the same time," said LTU President Dr. Virinder Moudgil, in a press release. "The university has plans in place for exciting new educational initiatives and can now move ahead to enhance its leadership position in delivering cutting-edge education in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics."
The planned Dr. Richard E. Marburger STEM center.is named after the university's fourth president who served from 1977 to 1993. Marburger remains active on campus as he approaches his 50th anniversary at Lawrence Tech.
Educational areas to be supported by the proposed Marburger STEM Center include robotics; software engineering; modeling, simulation and visualization; nanotechnology; medical simulations and informatics; computer-assisted molecular modeling; synthetic biology; "green" chemistry; and design thinking, the university said in a news release.
"This remarkable gift allows Lawrence Tech to accelerate its progress in becoming a national leader in STEM education and improving the educational experiences and outcomes for our students," Moudgil said. "Continuously improving the university's quality and service is paramount. We are extremely grateful."
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