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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

Computer Engineering

Computer engineering combines
Senior Projects
 
Real world learning

Our students participate in a senior-year experience working on either an industry-based project or a research-based project, preparing them to solve real-world problems. There are also opportunities for cooperative education positions for those who wish to include industrial experience during their academic career.

Optimized Signal Routing

Team OSR built and tested a unique connection harness to establish proper signal routing during Delphi’s steering system testing process.


Clockwise from lower left: Andre Sawruk (EE), Calvin Mattson (CE), Austin Hicks (CE), Nik Hargenrader (EE), and Johnny Clemente (CE).

The company prides itself on high quality validation of its steering systems. The programmable signal router will allow the Delphi to test hundreds of different electrical steering column components from a variety of manufacturer models using one device. The harness will provide more cost-effective and efficient testing, and allow Delphi engineers to program the routing of signals in any configuration to establish proper interfacing. The project was Phase II of the harness. Phase I was completed during the 2006-07 academic year by Team Universal Signal Routing (USR) which developed the design and proof of concept. Team OSR was charged with the construction of a prototype, testing and manufacturing of six signal routing boxes for Delphi.

The collaborative efforts of the project team and Delphi were featured in recent issue of Upper Peninsula Business Today magazine.

  

Other opportunities...

  • There are six professional organizations in which you can become involved: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for those interested in computer science activities.
  • In partnership with our industrial contacts, there are cooperative education experiences available where you learn, work and earn money. Positions are available for fall, spring or summer semesters.

Eric Becks"I have the best of both worlds here at LSSU. As Engineering Projects Manager for the Prototype Development Center, I have the opportunity to help entrepreneurs and small businesses bring their ideas to reality using the resources of the university. In addition, I get one on one time with my students. It is great to give our students the advantage of experiences gained through my years in industry. Most engineering universities don’t provide that practical hands-on experience to the level that LSSU can. One of my sophomore programming students will be working on projects this summer. Opportunities like these are valuable and rare!"

--Eric Becks
Prototype Development Engineer

 

Alternative Management of Anaerobic Landfill Bioreactors for Improved Energy Potential

Josh Kuzimski

Converting municipal solid waste to usable energy is an emergent and growing method for modern waste management. Through microbial facilitation of methanogenesis, methane gas can be extracted from landfill bioreactors to yield a significant amount of usable energy. The hypothesis was that a sufficient addition of sodium acetate to a controlled bioreactor environment would promote larger growth of methanogenic microbes and subsequently promote a greater amount of methane relative to a control (Madigan et al, 2003). In order to simulate an anaerobic bioreactor environment, the method for the study took place in modular sections to cover the design, construction and operation of laboratory scale bioreactors. Upon completion of bioreactor engineering, the biological and chemical components were scrutinized to match ideal conditions of a landfill. Methanosarcina was the chosen genus of the methanogen family to seed the bioreactors, and a total elemental analysis of the waste source was analyzed to approximate methane yield. Over 557 hours, each bioreactor produced approximately 1.3 liters of biogas with less than 1% containing methane. Given analysis through gas chromatography, the bioreactors may have had stunted methane production do to presence of argon gas in the headspace and/or low C/N ratio of the waste. The presence of argon should have been replaced with nitrogen, and the waste source should have contained more carbon per nitrogen. The generation-3 design of constructed bioreactors was successful in containing all gasses, liquids, and solids internally, however did not produce enough methane biogas to accept or reject the hypothesis.

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