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Bill Verette contributed $1,000 toward a new industrial 3D printerThe School of Engineering & Technology is in the process of acquiring a new 3D printer/rapid prototype machine. The industrial-grade device would replace the current printer which would be more robust with greater precision and accuracy. It needs to withstand the rigors of senior projects, prototyping for the Product Development Center, applications in a number of lab activities, student groups, and summer camps.

Bill Verette, left, owner/director of Iron Mountain's Champion, Inc. presented a $1,000 contribution towards the School of Engineering & Technology's acquisition of an industrial-grade 3D printer to Dr. David R. Finley, dean of the College of Business and Engineering. The gift took place during a celebration dinner for the senior project teams. The dinner was hosted by Verette at the Antlers following the conclusion of project presentations on May 2.





SAE Baja car driving through the mudWith finals week approaching, the LSSU SAE Mini Baja Club decided to relieve some stress by "testing" recent suspension changes out in the mud/snow/water behind the CASET building. It was a great way to end the year for the club, and the vehicle after a good bath was still in one piece.









ORDER OF THE ENGINEER Class of 2015 | April 20, 2015

Group shot of Class of  2015 Order of the EngineerCongratulations to the 2015 Class of the Order of the Engineer! Special thanks to Paul Coccimiglio, '05, Director Facilities Management at Sault Area Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. for assisting with this year's ceremony.

This year's group, pictured from left, back row: Dr. David R. Finley, Dean; Patrick Davis EE from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; Ethan Hesselschwerdt ME of Napolean, Mich.; Timothy Sharum ME of Howell, Mich., Eric Becks EE of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; front row from left: Nathan Fishel ME from Newaygo, Mich., Samantha Lies CE from Kingsford, Mich., Shell Stacey CE from Las Vegas, Nevada; Paul Coccimiglio '05 ME from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.




LSSU SAE Baja Weathers the Blizzard | February 2015

Back in February LSSU SAE Baja Club members Chris Reed, Isaiah Murray, Erik Schwartz, and Cord Sutter travel to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI to compete in the Annual Blizzard Baja event. The event draws university clubs from all over the country to compete. This year the LSSU club competed against 31 other universities. The event included a relay race to determine starting order and a 4 hour endurance race around a packed snow course with multiple obstacles including sharp turns, jumps, snow drifts, hill climb, and other racers. The club was running mid pack in the endurance race before suffering a broken shock mount that ended their race early. Interested in learning more about LSSU SAE Baja Club or getting involved? Visit The vehicle can be seen at the 1:20, 2:03, and 3:12 minutes marks at


Tom Moran of Moran Iron Works

Senior project team sponsor guest speaker for BE Inspired Series

Tom Moran, chief executive officer and founder of Moran Iron Works, speaks to an overflow crowd as the latest guest lecturer in Lake Superior State University's "BE Inspired" series on March 18. Moran spoke of his experiences in the large-scale metal construction business since 1978. His company specializes in modular metal fabrication and employs more than 130 people at four plants in Onaway, Cheboygan and Rogers City, Mich. Recent projects include making parts for the giant astronomical Gemini Telescope in Chile, and building an 85-foot Mackinac Island passenger ferry due for launch this spring. Moran also talked about how "smarts" are created in the world, and cited how French psychologist Alfred Binet (on screen) originally formulated his now-famous IQ test as a special-needs assessment for children. The 110-year-old test is now a standard measure for gauging genius. The company also sponsored the 2013-14 senior project Marine Refueling Concepts. The team analyzed the feasibility of adapting Moran's technologies to the Great Lakes physical and regulatory environment, and provided a conceptual design of a bunkering barge. Run a Web search on "LSSU BE Inspired" to read more about the lecture series. (LSSU/John Shibley)

Soo Locks Engineers DayUNDER THE TENT | June 27, 2014

Where else would you find LSSU Engineering under a tent in July? The Soo Locks Engineer's Day open house, of course. Pictured from left are: College of Business & Engineering dean Dr. David Roland Finley and electrical engineering professor Dr. Joe Moening. Also on hand were Prof. Dr. Paul Weber (ECE), Mark Rodriguez (Product Development Center), and a cameo appearance by Prof. Jim Devaprasad. The day was perfect with an attendance of nearly 7000 visiting the locks.





Alumni working at EMP in EscanabaCATCHING UP IN ESCANABA | May 30, 2014

Engineered Machined Products, located in Escanaba held an LSSU reunion of sorts when Prof. Jim Devaprasad and dean Dr. David Roland Finley visited in the spring. LSSU engineering alumni posed for a group shot including, from left: Gabe Kukla, Finley, Devaprasad, David Bertonlini, Jake Denkins, and Adam Veeser. Photo courtesy EMP





LSSU receives a new Haas milling machineSIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED | May 29, 2014

LSSU mechanical engineering lab manager Jon Coullard takes formal delivery of a new Haas VF-2 computer numeric control (CNC) Vertical Machining Center on May 29. Students and faculty will use the VF-2 to master CNC techniques and fabricate specialized parts for industrial clients, many of which are partners with student teams on senior engineering projects. The machine can mill any 30" x 16" x 20" block of metal down to tolerances of 1/10,000 of an inch. Looking on are Dr. David Roland Finley, dean of LSSU's College of Business and Engineering, and Eric Becks (with camera), co-director of LSSU's Product Development Center and CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone.






Dereck Wonnacutt Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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