Redefining the Classroom

Senior Projects

For more information or to sponsor a Senior Project (follow the link to obtain a project proposal form), contact Dr. Paul Weber at 906-635-2031.

Senior Projects...more than just theory

All engineering students are required to participate in a senior project sequence. Whether you choose to participate in a team on an industrial or research project, or as an individual at a cooperative work site, you will grow both professionally and personally as you work with professionals in the field.

During a typical senior project, you'll develop your technical and communication skills, manage budgets, and work with practicing engineers. The senior project experience is designed to give you the tools you need to be prepared for "real life" and allow you to be successful in your career. Choose from one three senior year experiences: Industrial, Research or Cooperative Education.Team LIFT changes out FANUC line robots

  • INDUSTRIAL These projects can be external or internal in nature. Student teams have a faculty advisor and an industrial customer representative.They are faced with a host of engineering problem-solving, analysis, development, modeling, design review, programming, and fabrication issues. Additionally, participants deal with aspects of being a team of diverse individuals from varying areas of engineering including communication, purchasing and budgets, documentation, time management, and interpersonal skills. Upon completion of the year, the teams present their work to their industrial customers for final approval.
  • RESEARCH: The research sequence is frequently chosen by those students who wish to pursue post-graduate degrees. Teams work sided-by-side with a professor on a guided research project. Some projects may come from an industrial background such as robotic simulation software packages that have been reviewed for companies such as DELMIA.
    Participants prepare research proposals and grants, as well as publishing the team's findings in a format suited for professional conferences and presentations. Some industrial projects have a research component to determine feasibility. Once a study has been completed, the following year another team will take on the project and develop a functional prototype for the customer. These multi-year projects change course and take on new dimensions with each successive year.
  • COOPERATIVE: Participants in this style of senior experience are those who have previously spent at least a semester in a cooperative education environment. Typically, students work on-site during the spring or summer with a selected company on a personally-proposed and developed project. The following fall, co-op students join a first-semester industrial senior project team to gain team-related skills and experience.

Success... going to grad school or jumping into a career

future Boeing employeeWe have had a 100% success rate of students entering the workforce or being accepted to graduate school . Various companies visit our campus specifically looking for LSSU graduates. You'll find out alumni at companies including Kawasaki, ABB, Boeing, JR Automation, Essar Algoma Steel, Continental Automotive, Ford, Chrysler, Tenaris Tubes, Pacific Union, John Deere, and Applied Manufacturing Technologies.

LSSU graduates have received their post-graduate degrees from universities such as Purdue, Notre Dame, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Michigan Technological University, Old Dominion, University of Texas at Arlington, and Florida Atlantic Universtiy.

Senior Project teams by Year

Students are placed into groups with diverse backgrounds to be able to problem solve and develop the final product or conclusion. See the links below for senior projects from this and previous years.

Senior Project brochures by year

Brochure PDFs from past projects are available for download:

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Sponsoring a Senior Project

There are many benefits of sponsoring a Senior Project at LSSU. These include:

  • Working closely with potential future employees
  • Supporting and helping guide engineering education at LSSU
  • Obtaining different perspectives on projects from students and their faculty advisors
  • Gaining increased visibility for your company

To sponsor a project, complete the 2016-17 Project Proposal Form (PDF or Word) and then email it to Dr. Paul Weber. If you have any questions about the form or Senior Projects in general, he can be contacted via email or via phone at 906-635-2031.

2016 Spring Senior Projects Presentation Schedule

The Class of 2015-16 will present their final projects on Friday, April 29, 2016. Please watch for any notes posted throughtout the building.

  • 1:15 pm:
    Presentation by LIFT & CRS
  • 2 pm:
    Presentation by SAGA in CAS 123
    Demonstration by LIFT & CRS in CAS 125
  • 2:30 pm:
    Presentation by RVI in CAS 123
    Demonstration by SAGA in CAS 125
  • 3 pm:
    Presentation by 3S in CAS 123
    Demonstration by RVI in CAS 124
  • 3:30 pm:
    Presenation by MAC in CAS 123
    Demonstration by 3S in CAS 120
  • 4 pm:
    Demonstration by MAC in CAS 122


updated 4/20/16