I am a senior at Lawrence Tech majoring in architectural engineering. This summer I am experiencing my first internship as well as a new city. I am interning at Henderson Engineers in New York City. I first heard about Henderson when they gave a company presentation at school. Their laid back style, casual dress code, and types of projects drew me in. When I’m not working in downtown I like to be a tourist and explore all the things the city has to offer. This summer I was fortunate enough to go to Italy. It is awesome learning about all the buildings and its architecture in the architectural engineering history class, but to see it in person was amazing. Besides vacations, I recommend to the underclassmen to research what companies offer internships, go to career fairs, and talk to Professor Walters about internship opportunities. Experiencing and internship is beneficial because it teaches you more than just basic knowledge to be an engineer. It teaches you how to work on a team, understand all the components that go into a project, and what it will be like to have a full time job in the discipline you chose. Having an internship this summer in the city has given me so many opportunities that I normally would not have the option to do.  For example I was able to see the New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square as well as see an awesome view of Times Square. The picture on the right is of the Florence Cathedral with the famous dome in the background.

A note from Henderson Engineers

hendersonEngineering 3“Lawrence Tech is doing an outstanding job at preparing its graduates for careers in the design of building operating systems. Their commitment to an accredited 5-year Master of Science in Architectural Engineering gives their graduates significant advantages over graduates of other 4-year programs where curriculum content has been cut significantly. LTU graduates are now positioned among the most elite Architectural Engineering programs in the country. Highly sought after, well prepared, and most having impressive experience long before graduation, LTU Architectural Engineering graduates should expect no less than a 100% hiring rate!” — BĀ STEIN, Senior Recruiter

A Note from Quinn Williamson on Studying Abroad

Copy of IMG_4941I struggle to find words that even come close to adequately expressing how much I gained from studying abroad. People don’t tell you how hard it is to talk about your experiences when you come back from studying overseas. Sure you can show them pictures and tell them about where you went but you’ll never be able to make them feel the same way you did. The awe of seeing structures thousands of years old. The wonder of bustling city streets. The only way I can really describe my trip is life changing. I learned so much and saw so many different perspectives of the world that there’s no way my life couldn’t have changed.

Architecturally, I can’t stress enough how amazing it is to see the variety and spontaneity of European cities. There’s an unmistakable distinction to places where we as mankind have lived, refined, and innovated over thousands of years. Architecture is the common art across all cultures. Observing the infinite subtleties that differ from country to county, city to city, even street to street is so intoxicating. Many a time I found myself drawn across cities, meandering from street to street, following the flows of the architecture, tracing the progression of history and innovation laid in the brick of the walls.

On a more interpersonal level, traveling across Europe fosters independence and really puts the vastness of the world into perspective. The first few times I found myself in a place where I didn’t speak the language were stressful but I quickly grew to embrace the feeling. For me personally it was almost surreal to be able to just listen to the conversations floating about, not quite cacophonous, yet not quite comprehensible either.  I tended to stray far away from the “touristy” icons of cities and really focus on the culture and heritage of the city. Many of my fondest memories stem from painfully basic attempts at conversation that only happen when neither party speaks a language the other can understand.

A lot of people act like they are scared of being placed in an unfamiliar setting. I know that the me from a year ago would never have thought of enjoying the very experiences I now look back on and cherish. The biggest lesson I can pass on is simply to appreciate the experiences you constantly live in. Once you accept that you are what you make of your experiences nothing will ever seem menial or bothersome ever again. To me, this was absolutely the most important thing I changed in my life, there’s so much to experience in life that there’s no time to treat moments as if they’re worthless.


Two Brothers named Fellows for remarkable acts of service

Michael Paciero's distinction on Fellow

The distinction of “Fellow” is reserved for upstanding undergraduate brothers who successfully complete a 500-hour or 60-day service learning project before completing their senior years. At the Brotherhood Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 14, two brothers were honored with the distinction of their remarkable acts of service to the communities around them.

Michael Paciero, Lawrence Tech ‘ 15
As an architectural engineering major at Lawrence Tech, Michael Paceiro has a passion for sustainable development projects. As a Michigan native, he also has a passion for preserving his state. In pursuing his Fellow project, he sought to combine these passions while developing himself as a balanced man.

Paceiro recently led a 50-man team through a sustainability-focused construction project known as “reconstruction” with his chapter brothers and friends. In this method, a building that would otherwise be torn down and sent to the dump in scraps is instead analyzed for the value of its individual parts. Then, using a specialized method, the building is carefully deconstructed to preserve the usable parts of the structure. With these parts in tact, developers are able to design and construct new buildings using the materials.

Paceiro said while the project was focused on sustainable building, he also used the opportunity to educate his team on the grim reality that many Detroit residents are facing concerning the sustainability of their city. The team had the opportunity to interact and build relationships with the local residents during the project, exposing them to the people most impacted by the challenges. The increased awareness has motivated many of his chapter brothers to get involved in other service opportunities in the metro-Detroit area.

Paceiro and his team are now not only working to complete the deconstruction process, but also seeking funding to design and build a prototype house in Detroit utilizing the materials from the project.


Architectural Engineering Graduates Students First Place in Three out of Four Catagories

National Architectural Engineering Institutes Student Design Competition held May 25-27, 2015.

National Architectural Engineering Institutes Student Design Competition held May 25-27, 2015.

It is with great anticipation and pride that capstone advisor Professor Ralph Nelson and his second cohort of Architectural Engineering graduate students informs you of their “First” place in three of the four categories in which they entered, for the national Architectural Engineering Institutes Student Design Competition held May 25-27.
Ralph Nelson

Congratulations to Israel Ortiz, Rebecca Tritt, Hayan Awde, Diana Brazier, Steven Gunther, Andrea Bedi, and Thomas Oziem who competed against Penn State, Univ. of Nebraska, Kansas State University, MSOE, WPI, Drexel, Oklahoma State, and Missouri Science & Technology, all together a total of ten teams. This group walked away with First Place in three out of four categories.

Knowing that many of you were watching from afar (in your company conference rooms or on your PC), the students tremendous efforts, and dedication from full and part-time faculty and industry mentors, is indeed a reason for celebration and for our gratitude. This accomplishment further validates the level of depth and breadth of knowledge acquired by our graduates.

Comments from the judges include: “Three words…Wow, Simple, Elegance, Fun flow taking the tour, Consideration about the neighbors, Loved the Bow Ties :), Enjoyment shines through presentation, Working well together”.

Thank you for your individual support, contributions and well wishes!

Best regards,
Prof. Filza H. Walters, FESD

Lawrence Tech Hosts Innovation Encounter Competition for Keen Colleges


Representing LTU at the Innovation Encounter were (L-R) Dario DiPaola, Justin Becker, Nada Saghir, Dewight Moyer, and Tony Fakhouri. Karen Evans was the faculty advisor.

Release Date: November 3, 2014

By Katie Jolly

Lawrence Technological University hosted its fifth Innovation Encounter Oct. 24-25, and the home team finished third in the competition.

Innovation Encounter challenges college students to use a creative problem-solving process. In addition, it provides students with experience with the recognition of societal values, business principles and customer awareness.

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