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Alum Success

Maria DiValentin

"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA


Student Workers

The LSSU PDC employs students to work on projects. Students are hired based up their skills to complete specific tasks. Although PDC Student Workers tend to be Juniors and Seniors, any students with needed skills may apply. Besides the areas of Engineering and Engineering Technology, projects sometimes require skills in business, marketing and computer science.
Student Workers are under the supervision of Engineering Projects Managers who have experience in industry and provide mentoring through the projects.
Most of the PDC projects involve pre-patent prototypes which can not be made public. These projects provide the opportunity to work with inventors on novel product concepts.
Experience gained from working on PDC projects is a resume' builder and has drawn the interest of potential employers.

Requirements

The PDC student worker requirements include:

  • Sign, and abide by the terms of, the PDC confidentiality agreement
  • Be eligible to work for an LSSU department
  • Possess skills needed by a specific PDC project

PDC Project Types

Numerous projects have been completed and others are in process comprising a wide range of applications:

Life Sciences

  • DVT prevention
  • Surgical
  • Paraplegic health aids
  • Veterinary

Industrial

  • Remote Process Monitoring
  • Process Data Logging Tool
  • Assembly Automation

Testing

  • Strength of Materials
  • Flamability
  • Analysis for litigation

Sports Products

Consumer Electronics

Web/Database Design

Patent Drawings

3D CAD and Finite Element Analysis

Renewable Energy

 

 

 

Intense Competition

Brittany Currie

Second Place
Lake Superior State University

Automation of Brake-Rotors Sand-Cores Manufacturing Process

2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition: ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division

Student Manufacturing Design Competition

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