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LTU receives in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software

Lawrence Technological University has received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software with a commercial value of $210 million.
In-kind grants are contributions of goods and services, in this case software providing LTU students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics and many more.
Graduates with this type of software training are highly recruited candidates for advanced technology jobs.
The in-kind grant was provided by the Siemens PLM Software’s academic program that delivers PLM software for schools at every academic level. Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services.
LTU President Virinder Moudgil said the Siemens grant gives LTU students the opportunity to become conversant with software products that companies worldwide depend on to design some of today’s most sophisticated products.
“By using the same technology in the classroom that is used by companies all over the world to develop a wide variety of products, our students gain important real-world experience during their studies that will serve them well after graduation,” Moudgil said. “A Lawrence Tech education has been distinguished by providing industry-standard software for many years. We are delighted to have the latest version of Siemens PLM Software to aid the scholarly and research experiences of our students and faculty.”
The Siemens PLM Software in-kind grant for LTU includes:
•           NX™ software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE).
•           Teamcenter® portfolio, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software.
•           Tecnomatix® portfolio, the industry-leading digital manufacturing software.
“Siemens PLM Software is dedicated to helping develop the next generation of highly trained and highly qualified engineers and technologists. Our academic partnership with LTU encourages students to pursue careers that will revitalize manufacturing in the U.S. and around the world,” said Dora Smith, global director, Academic Partner Program, Siemens PLM Software.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. The Brookings Institution ranks Lawrence Tech fifth nationwide for boosting graduates’ earning power, PayScale lists it in the nation’s top 10 percent of universities for graduates’ salaries, and U.S. News and World Report places it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus in Southfield, Michigan, include over 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

Pontiac students learning computer coding from professionals


Third and fourth grade students at WHRC Elementary in the Pontiac School District may soon discover if the next Bill Gates sits among them, thanks to instructional classes in computer coding provided by IT professionals from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services.

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Valeo named a Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovator

Valeo was named a Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovator today, recognizing its achievements as one of the world’s most innovative companies. The program, an initiative of the IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, honors the 100 corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of proprietary patent-related metrics. The full report is available at http://www.stateofinnovation.com.
The Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovator methodology is based on four principle criteria: overall patent volume, patent application-to-grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio, and patent influence as evidenced by citations. This objective formula identifies the companies around the world that are discovering new inventions, protecting them from infringers and commercializing them.
“R&D is an absolute priority for Valeo. This award recognizes the strategic importance of innovation within the Group and highlights the daily efforts of our teams, without whom none of this would be possible. Thanks to these teams, Valeo is innovating and inventing the cars of tomorrow, bothin terms of CO2 emissions reduction and autonomous vehicles. This strategy has made us the world’s fastest growing world-class automotive supplier,” commented Valeo Chief Executive Officer Jacques Aschenbroich.
The Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovator peer-reviewed methodology was executed using Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPI), Derwent Patents Citations Index™, Quadrilateral Patent Index™, and Thomson Innovation®, its IP and intelligence collaboration platform.
“In today’s hypercompetitive global marketplace, innovation is much more than just having great ideas. True innovation occurs when individuals and companies harness the power and insight to bring ideas to life,” said Basil Moftah, president, Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property and Science. “This is the potent formula we measure with our Top 100 Global Innovators program. The institutions on this year’s list represent the current vanguard in innovation by pioneering new breakthroughs and organizing their businesses to make these discoveries a reality.”
Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovators:

·         Now in its fifth year, the program has annually outperformed leading financial indices, serving as a trustworthy investment resource and a testament to increased R&D funding, global patent filing and new market development, resulting in greater revenue and enhanced regional economic activity.
·         The 2015 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators outperformed the MSCI World Index in revenue by 6.01 percentage points, employment by 4.09 percentage points, and market-cap-weighted R&D spending by 1.86 percentage points.
·        Together, the 2015 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators generated more than $429 trillion in revenue and invested more than $20 trillion in R&D (local currency) in 2014.
·    The 2015 Top 100 Thomson Reuters Global Innovators hail from three continents and comprise eleven countries. Just two countries comprise 75 percent of the list: Japan and the US, making them the true innovation hubs of the world.
·         The Automotive sector has its largest representation on the Top 100 Global Innovator list ever, a 233 percent increase since the inception of the program.

To view the full list and report on the Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovator program, go to http://www.stateofinnovation.com.
Valeo is an automotive supplier, partner to all automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of intuitive driving. In 2014, the Group generated sales of €12.7 billion and invested over 10% of its original equipment sales in research and development. Valeo has 135 plants, 16 research centers, 35 development centers and 15 distribution platforms, and employs 82,700 people in 30 countries worldwide.
Valeo is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
For more information about the Valeo Group and its activities, please visit our website, www.valeo.com.

Troy branding agency launches new marketing support for startups


The partners behind the branding company Alchemy in Troy have created a new enterprise, called Tadpole. The company will focus on helping startups launch their brand effectively in metro Detroit.

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Slingshot Cloud Services opens data center in Royal Oak

IT company Slingshot Cloud Services is opening in Royal Oak this month with two guiding principals: simplicity and affordability.

"We offer (IT) infrastructure as a service," says Vincent Barrett, CEO of Birmingham Capital. "We believe IT doesn’t have to be hard."

Birmingham Capital is launching Slingshot Cloud Services after buying the cloud-computing assets from Munger Capital. Those assets are now part of its newly re-launched class-3 data center in Royal Oak where about a dozen people work on any given day.

"It's probably one of the top five nicest data centers in Oakland County," Barrett says. "We have a group of the best engineers helping us out here."

Slingshot Cloud Services offers private or hybrid cloud software solutions to growing businesses, specifically targeting companies in the manufacturing, financial, and healthcare sectors. Barrett is optimistic about hitting its goal of generating more than $1 million in revenue in its first year because it acquired the cloud-computing infrastructure so cheaply that it can undercut its competitors prices significantly.

"Every dollar we make is profit," Barrett says. "There is nobody’s price I can't beat."

Source: Vincent Barrett, CEO of Birmingham Capital
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Baker College online computer science program ranked in nation's top 20

Baker College is named as offering one of the nation’s top 20 best online bachelor’s computer science programs by TheBestSchools.org, an independent organization that provides information and resources about colleges and careers.

Programs were selected based on their quality, types of courses provided, strength of faculty and school awards, rankings and reputation.

“Baker College Online strives to provide the best programs, so we are gratified by this recognition,” said Jill Langen, Ph.D., Baker College Online/Center for Graduate Studies president. “The demand for computer science graduates is expected to remain high. The availability of our 100 percent online program is making this award-winning training accessible to students interested in computer science careers.”

The curriculum is based on guidance from industry professionals and updated continuously to prepare students for 21stcentury jobs.

Through classwork, hands-on training and field-based educational experience, students gain skills in software development, Internet communications, network and database administration, along with foundational knowledge in computer science.

To better ensure student success, first-time online students take an introductory course that provides information about campus services, college technology, policies and procedures, and learning and study strategies.

Baker College Online is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which assures that credits earned are recognized and meet high standards of educational quality.

One of the jobs for which the computer science program prepares graduates is software development. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developers earned an average annual wage of $99,530 in 2014, and employment is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

For more information about Baker College’s online and graduate studies programs, contact Chuck Gurden in the admissions office at 800.469.3165 or adm-ol@baker.edu, or visit www.baker.edu.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves more than 23,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 150 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. An impressive 97 percent of available graduates are employed. Every Baker graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker is a pioneer in distance education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.

Royal Oak tech firm Ambassador triples staff after raising $2.35 million

Jeff Epstein likes to call 2015 the "Year of Scale" when he's talking about the growth of his startup, Ambassador.

The tech entrepreneur can make a good argument for it. Ambassador landed a $2.35-million seed capital round last spring, moved to a bigger office in downtown Royal Oak, and has tripled its staff in less than a year.

"We had four people in the office interviewing today," says Epstein, founder & CEO of Ambassador.

Ambassador builds custom online referral campaigns that offer rewards to users who spread good word of mouth about companies. Ambassador’s software as a service platform automates enrolling, tracking, managing, and rewarding referrals. Some of its brands include PayPal, Spotify and T-Mobile.

The 5-year-old company was part of the Techstars New York accelerator program in 2011, raising a large convertible note from investors like Ludlow Ventures. Ambassador closed on a $2.35-million Series A in March. The round was led by Arthur Ventures with other early investors like Ludlow Ventures participating.

That money went toward expanding Ambassador’s operations. It moved to a larger, 11,000-square-foot office in downtown Royal Oak and grew from 13 employees at the end of last year to 37 today and climbing. Epstein expects this major investment will allow the company to continue to be cash-flow positive while expanding its revenue.

"We're going to more than triple this year," Epstein says. "We will at least double next year."

Source: Jeff Epstein, founder & CEO of Ambassador
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Giving a hand-up to local entrepreneurs


Alex Chudzinski is working hard to transform the small cell phone repair business he started as a student at Lake Orion High School into a thriving, growing company.

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Reising Ethington law firm of Troy marks 150 years


People might not think of a 150-year law firm as being high-tech, but that is one of the features that set Reising Ethington apart. The Troy-based firm is celebrating a significant anniversary this year, one that is very uncommon for a firm in Oakland County.

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LTU student designs and transports digital fabricating tool to Albania

In keeping with the old proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” Lawrence Technological University architecture student Brendon Veldboom has provided a proverbial fishing pole – in this case, a three-by-five-foot, three-axis CNC milling tool that he designed, built, packaged and then reassembled for a workshop in Albania.

It is one of a number of interesting projects to emerge from the makeLab, which opened five years ago in LTU’s College of Architecture and Design when Associate Professor James Stevens and his students began assembling machines to construct physical products, including furniture, graphic displays, and models of architectural projects.

Architecture modeling and design in general is now practiced almost exclusively on computers with sophisticated software, but Stevens seeks to reconnect design to the act and art of making objects. The process starts with computer-aided design (CAD) and the resulting designs are translated into wood and other forms through computer numerical control (CNC) programs. The makeLab now has a laser cutter, a 3-D printer, and two large three-axis CNC machines.

For the past few years Stevens had led workshops at Polis Universiti in Albania. At the conclusion of those workshops, the LTU group packed up their portable CNC milling tools to bring back to the United States. This year Veldboom decided to build a large CNC milling tool that remains in Albania for future students to use.

His project began with hand sketches that were turned into a digital 3-D model using Rhino software. During the prototyping process that involved many tests and revisions, Veldboom used the makeLab’s own three-axis large CNC milling tool to cut components out of high-density plastic. The main design challenge was to build a CNC tool that would meet all government guidelines for international flight and also be robust enough to work at a high-performance level without breaking down.

The machine was designed, built, broken down, packed, and flown to Albania for a 12-day digital fabrication workshop in July. Fifteen students from both Lawrence Tech and Polis Universiti learned how to operate the machine and ran it for more than 30 hours without any problems.

"Facing the challenges of designing, prototyping, and building the machine gave me great respect for the tools we have at Lawrence Tech,” Veldboom said. “Watching the Lawrence Tech and Polis Universiti students be introduced to digital fabrication and the amazing projects that came out of the workshop was exciting to see. … More importantly, it has helped educate others and will continue to do so.”

The milling tool can be used for building objects out of wood, plastic, synthetic plastics, foam, and some construction materials. During the workshop, the Albanian students designed and created pieces for a masonry wall.

As an added benefit, Veldboom also developed a manual and parts list for operating and maintaining the CNC milling tool. The tool was also designed to be easily upgraded as the Polis Universiti program expands.

This project was made possible by an LTU Presidential Undergraduate Research Award of $1,000.

Oakland County's robust economy drives down jobless rate

Oakland County’s economy is among the better performers in Michigan with a 4.6 percent jobless rate, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates in its September 2015 report that Oakland County’s jobless rate outpaces the Detroit Metropolitan Statistical Area (5.7 percent) by 1.1 percentage points, edges Michigan (4.7 percent) by one tenth of a percentage point, and bests the United States (4.9 percent) by three tenths of a percentage point.

“We’ve reached what economists call ‘full employment,’ or below 5.0 percent unemployment,” Patterson said. “The University of Michigan and Wall Street both have said the strength of Oakland County’s economy lies in our diversification into the knowledge-based economy.”

Patterson launched Oakland County's Emerging Sectors initiative in 2004 to identify the top 10 sectors that will attract and retain sustainable, high-paying jobs to the region in the 21st Century. Companies in these emerging sectors place Oakland County solidly in the knowledge-based economy and are involved in leading-edge fields such as advanced electronics & controls, advanced materials, and robotics & automation.

Oakland County's Medical Main Street markets the county’s largest emerging sector, healthcare and life sciences, to the U.S. and the world. About 1 in 6 jobs in Oakland County are in healthcare, the life sciences, biopharma, and medical device manufacturing. That’s well over 100,000 jobs. Of the county’s top 15 employers, about half are health systems.

Oakland County’s second largest and fastest growing sector is information technology with more than 2,000 IT companies. Patterson launched Tech 248 to harness the power of its IT companies. Tech 248 helps tech companies collaborate and attract, develop and retain talent while promoting Oakland County as a global technology hub.

Since inception, there have been 358 Emerging Sectors successes totaling $3.2 billion of investment in Oakland County creating 36,630 jobs and retaining 20,704. In addition, University of Michigan economists Dr. George Fulton and Donald Grimes have forecasted that Oakland County will add another 57,000 jobs through 2017 mostly in the medium- to high-wage categories.

Some of that Fulton and Grimes forecast has come to fruition in the past month with major expansions at three companies. BASF invested $20 million in its North American Plastic and Coatings Excellence Technical Center in Southfield; HIROTEC America moved its corporate headquarters, body-in-white closure tooling integration site, and stamping die tryout center into a new 216,000-square-foot facility in the Oakland Technology Industrial Park in Auburn Hills; and BorgWarner added 46,000 square feet to its Powertrain Technical Center in Auburn Hills.

For more information about Emerging Sectors, go to www.AdvantageOakland.com.

PawnGuru brings pawnshop business model into 21st Century

Many people see pawnshops as something that should be avoided. The guys behind PawnGuru see them as a big opportunity in the new economy.

"We knew there weren’t a lot of startups tackling the problem pawnshops face," says Jordan Birnholtz, director of marketing for PawnGuru.

The Southfield-based startup specializes in bringing pawn shops into the 21st century by digitizing their business model. Specifically, the company brings customer engagement for pawnshops online.

"We believed we could get shops to engage customers and make offers online," Birnholtz says.

That turned out to be much easier said than done. When the PawnGuru team started approaching pawnbrokers with the idea of online engagement a little more than a year ago, the nearly all said no. They wouldn't make an offer on an item over the phone, or via email with photos. It had to be in the store.

PawnGuru's team kept asking. Eventually they found a pawnshop willing to buck tradition and try PawnGuru's new platform. Today it has serviced 15,000 people, helping them choose between multiple offers from pawnshops.

"Mostly in Detroit, Houston, Chicago and Atlanta," Birnholtz says. "More than 1,000 pawnshops have signed up and more than 100 are very active."

PawnGuru's team of six people plans to continue growing across North American in 2016. It has landed a $600,000 convertible note earlier this year to help make that growth happen, including attracting seed capital from Invest Detroit.

"We're raising a $1.5 to $2 million seed round right now to grow more," Birnholtz says.

Source: Jordan Birnholtz, director of marketing for PawnGuru
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

LTU chosen for pilot project to create fast track for architecture licensure

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has named Lawrence Technological University and a dozen other highly rated architecture programs to participate in its Integrated Path Initiative for licensure, a pilot project designed to give students more flexibility in their pursuit of licensure as architects.

This initiative will result in a more structured experience for students that will provide the opportunity to complete the requirements for architecture licensure at the time of graduation.

According to NCARB, LTU’s architecture program was chosen for its creativity, commitment to maintaining its accreditation, and the desire to enrich both the academic and experience elements of architectural licensure.

LTU’s Department of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design and the other participating architecture programs have been asked to propose a pre-graduation integration of education and experience requirements so that students will be prepared to complete the requirements for the intern development program and take each of the six divisions of the new Architect Registration Examination® 5.0 prior to graduation. In Michigan and many other states, enabling legislation will also be needed to change existing state law.

It has taken NCARB’s Licensure Task Force two years to develop an integrated path framework that promotes individual academic program flexibility while addressing all regulatory requirements for architectural licensure.

“The Integrated Path Initiative to architectural licensure aligns perfectly with Lawrence Technological University’s longstanding tradition of teaching theory and practice,” said Associate Professor James Stevens, interim chair of LTU’s Department of Architecture. “It will allow the Department of Architecture to better coordinate and support our students’ academic and professional pursuits.”

Interim Associate Dean Scott Shall noted that the new Integrated Path will be “an opportunity and a challenge to build a more robust dialogue between our academic ambitions and professional pursuits.”

Associate Professor Amy Deines, interim dean of LTU’s College of Architecture and Design, said the Integrated Path Initiative will help LTU focus more on the critical relationship between education and related experiences with professional licensure. She added that LTU’s emphasis on architecture students becoming involved in community projects should grow even stronger.

“The return on investment from this initiative will greatly benefit our region, particularly as it helps us address the complex issues that face American cities, as in the case of Detroit, which is so important to the College of Architecture and Design,” Deines said.

NCARB has formed a new Integrated Path Evaluation Committee (IPEC) to monitor the initiative. IPEC will “coach accepted programs, promote engagement with jurisdictional licensing boards regarding necessary law or rule changes to incorporate integrated path candidates, and oversee the acceptance of future program applicants.”

The other architecture programs in the pilot program are Boston Architectural College, Clemson University, Drexel University, New School of Architecture and Design, North Carolina State University, Portland State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Cincinnati, University of Detroit-Mercy, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, University of Southern California, and Woodbury University.

OCC forensics students winners in intercollegiate competition

Participants from nine colleges and universities across Michigan recently came to Oakland Community College to participate in a forensic tournament and workshop. The event focused on competitive speech and performance in four categories: Prose Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation.

Proudly, OCC students took first place in two of the four events:
  • Samantha Wahlman, first place, Prose Interpretation
  • Dovid Roetter, first place, Informative Speaking
Additionally, OCC students Brandon Burnett and Kacey Greaves competed with high marks from a panel of 18 judges. The finishes of all four students placed OCC in second place overall. 

“I am very proud of each of these students and their commitment to expand their learning and growth through state-wide competitions,” said OCC faculty member Carole Bennett. “These events provide vital collegiate experiences for students across the state and OCC continues to be represented year-to-year with exceptional talent, state and regional champions, and future leaders in speech and debate.”

In addition to oral competitions, the event included workshops from 8 instructors representing 7 different colleges state-wide. The free event was open to the public; a number of OCC students and community members attended to watch the team and learn. 

For more information about the Oakland Community College Forensic Team, please contact faculty member Carole Bennett at cabennet@oaklandcc.edu. Bennett is also Executive Director of the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League. 

Oakland Community College, Forensics Team winners: (left to right) Kacey Greaves, Samantha Wahlman, Dovid Roetter, and Brandon Burnett
About Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League
The Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League (MISL) provides college students with competitive public speaking and competitive performance opportunities in order to foster each student’s oratory skills and refine their professional presence. To learn more, visit: https://michiganspeech.wordpress.com/

About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. It offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit oaklandcc.edu.

Over 100 attended prescription drug abuse prevention training

More than 100 healthcare professionals from southeast Michigan attended one of the country’s premiere prescription drug abuse prevention training programs in Oakland County earlier this month. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was among those who spoke about continuing efforts to combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic at the SCOPE of Pain training lead by Boston University School of Medicine’s (BUSM) Dr. Daniel Alford.
"Addressing the prescription drug abuse crisis requires partnerships at every level to strengthen education, prevention, and treatment. Improving training for providers can help prevent the overprescribing of opioids that can lead to addiction and heroin use," Patterson said. “I applaud the work of healthcare professionals and look forward to every hospital and medical center continuing their ongoing efforts to halt drug addiction through safe and effective opioid prescribing practices.”
The Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership, facilitated by the Oakland County Health Division, hosted the training at Oakland Schools in Waterford on Saturday, Oct. 3.
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