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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."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

School of Engineering & Technology

Senior Projects

For more information or to submit a project proposal, contact Dr. Paul Weber at 906-635-2031

Senior Projects...more than just theory

Computer engineering student, ManarAll 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.

  • 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.
    Team R2D2 with robotParticipants 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. back to top

Alice Duesing NightingaleBrian at AdvenovationSuccess... going to grad school or jumping into a career

We 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.




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Left Border Senior Project teams by Year Right Border

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.

Left Border Senior Project brochures by year Right Border

Brochure PDFs from past projects are available for download:

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Left Border Senior Projects Presentation Schedule Right Border

The Class of 2015-16 will present their final projects on Friday, April 29, 2016. Schedule will be posted when it becomes available.

This year's teams are:

  • CRS - Crystal Robotic Systems
    • New LSSU Fanuc line sponsored by AMT (working with LIFT)
  • LIFT - Laker Integrated Fabrication Technologies
    • New LSSU Fanuc line sponsored by AMT (working with CRS)
  • RVI - Robotic Vision Integration
    • Portable robotics workcell for 4D Systems
  • SAGA - Steering Alignment Guided Autonomously
    • Automation of robot alignment for Nexteer Automotive
  • 3S - Solar Shade Systems
    • Self-powered solar blinds sponsored by 3M
  • MAC - Machining Automation and Controls
    • Electronic hydraulic control for offshore equipment for Mactech

Fourth Place

“Pick-up Trucks and Aerodynamic Drag CFD Analysis” Presentation by senior Robert Camp based on research work done with Dr. Mokhtar during summer 2008.

An engineer, like all professionals, must possess a well-developed ability to communicate, both orally and in writing. This competition is designed to emphasize the value of an ability to deliver oral presentations.

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