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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 2008-2009


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Team Rock Rover Design & Development


  • Joe Betcher
  • Dale Burnham
  • Bob Hemeleski
  • Jonathan Lane
  • Mark Stumpo

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Robert Hildebrand


  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

  • Dr. Wael Mokhtar

Project Description: Mars Land Rover

Team R2D2 designed, developed, fabricated, assembled and tested an omni-directional rover to compete at the 2009 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Professional Development Conference for District B in Dayton, Ohio. Team R2D2 placed second overall in the Student Design Competition, advancing themselves to the international student design competition in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The competition consists of a course with three obstacles of varying height and width. The rover has four minutes to navigate the course, surmount or navigate the obstacles, retrieve seven strategically-positioned rock samples and place them in a designated target area. R2D2’s rover design focuses on quick and accurate pick-up and placement of the rock samples.
It will be used to promote technical learning skills and unique design-and-development prototypes at Lake Superior State University in addition to the exposure the university will receive when the team competes at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition’s student design competition in November.

Links to the 2008-2009 Teams:

Second place

Design Competition Senior project Team Rock Rover Design & Development qualified to advance to the international student design competition on November 18, 2009.

ASME Student Design Expositions provide a platform for all engineering students to showcase their innovative design and build projects to a broad audience. Bringing practicing engineers, faculty and students into one venue, this program also provides educational and professional development opportunities for exhibitors as well as spectators. For students, it is an opportunity to demonstrate their products or present their design concepts to potential employers and even investors. For industry leaders, the Expos are like career fairs in reverse; an opportunity to observe the landscape of student design, get to know extraordinary engineering students in the region and see first-hand the innovative ideas and skills students can bring to their companies.

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