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"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."

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Mechanical Engineering

LSSU is 1 of only 3 universities in the U.S. with a robotics specialization at the undergraduate level
Senior Projects
 
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 Engineering.”

Under the direction of Prof. Jim Devaprasad, the senior project team Automated Promotional Engineering Systems (APES) designed and built a mobile robotics workcell that showcases various automation technologies.

“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 engineering departments.”

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, mechanical engineering, 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 Engineers’ International 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 Student Design Competition behind University of Florida – Gainesville, and ahead of University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of New Hampshire.

 

  

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.

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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