"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
Real world learning
Our students participate in a senior-year experience which includes one
team project or a research team project.
Six engineering students
were recognized this past year
at two competitions held at
professional conferences when
it presented “Mobile Robotics
Workcell – Using Robotics to
Lure Young Minds to Manufacturing
Under the direction of Prof.
Jim Devaprasad, the senior
project team Automated Promotional
(APES) designed and built a
mobile robotics workcell that
showcases various automation
“Given the national need
to encourage young minds to
seek careers in math and science
fields, we hope to entice young
individuals to the exciting opportunities
in engineering and
technology by demonstrating
this mobile robotic workcell,”
said Devaprasad. “It has already
been showcased many times at
LSSU in the summer engineering
camps and for visitors in the
The workcell’s robot demonstrates
two projects: automatic solving of a user-scrambled
Rubik’s cube (above), and the automated
assembly of an automotive distributor (below).
Team member Kate Kuuskman,
from Sault, Ont., and Leith
Nader, also mechanical engineering,
from Milford, Mich.
(now an applications engineer
with Kawasaki Robotics in
Wixom, Mich.), presented a paper
on the project that received
honorable mention at the Pan
American Federation of Engineering
Societies Convention in
Atlanta, Ga., last fall. LSSU was
one of five universities invited
to make presentations, along
with Cornell, Michigan Tech,
U.S. Air Force Academy and
University of Puerto Rico.
Fellow teammate and
alumnus Brad Bertels of Ironwood,
Mich. (now working for
RoboTek in Brighton, Mich.)
presented the project at the
American Society of Mechanical
Conference of Manufacturing
Science and Engineering in Ypsilanti,
Mich. Again, LSSU was
one of only five finalists invited
to participate and present a
technical paper. The
project took second
place in the ASME
University of Florida – Gainesville, and
ahead of University
of Michigan – Ann
and University of
Robotic Calibration Systems (RCS) is a multidisciplinary team of engineering students comprised of two electrical engineers, one computer engineer, and three mechanical engineers.
The team was assigned the task of designing and building two service test stands for Continental Automotive Systems (CAS), a world-wide leader in innovative technologies for vehicle safety applications. The stands will be used to calibrate the Sprint 3 Programmable Steering Machine, which is manufactured by Heitz Automotive. The Steering Machine used by CAS automates testing applications pertaining to vehicle rollover testing.
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.