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"I graduated from LSSU in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, and have since had a heavy focus in robotics and systems integration. I spent my first 7 years with FANUC in Rochester Hills as a product manager, and have since worked for Hartness International managing a robotic automation group. We continue to grow at a rapid pace, and will integrate 60+ robots this year and see no slow down in sight. My experience at LSSU has enabled me to take charge in this challenging and growing market."

Matt Job Business Unit Manager Automation Group Hartness International

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Senior Projects 2006-2007


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Team Computer Controlled Plasma Designs


  • Steve Gilbert
  • Greg Robertson
  • Manar Wadi
  • Daniel Wagner

Faculty Advisor:

  • Keith Schwiderson


  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

Project Description: Phase II of a robotic plasma cutter

Lake Superior State University's (LSSU) School of Engineering & Technology offers a personal and professional atmosphere to help students develop theoretical and technical engineering skills that will be crucial to their prospective careers. To support this effort, the School strives to maintain well-equipped laboratories with modern technology representative of what is currently found in industry.One such piece of laboratory equipment is a computer numerically-controlled (CNC) plasma cutter. The fully-automated machine is capable of cutting through conductive material up to one-inch in thickness using a superheated gas to create precise two-dimensional figures.Team Computer Controlled Plasma Designs (CCPD) has been assigned to the implementation of the necessary hardware and software interfacing to incorporate a CNC controller into an existing plasma cutter. The updated machine will require extensive testing and the creation of a comprehensive user's manual.The final product will be a fully-functional CNC plasma cutter with complete documentation that can be used as an educational tool to promote and enhance the learning process for future LSSU engineering and technology students.

Links to the 2006-2007 Teams:

Fourth Place

“Pick-up Trucks and Aerodynamic Drag CFD Analysis” Presentation by senior Robert Camp based on research work done with Dr. Mokhtar during summer 2008.

An engineer, like all professionals, must possess a well-developed ability to communicate, both orally and in writing. This competition is designed to emphasize the value of an ability to deliver oral presentations.

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