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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

Mark Reese, Mechanical Engineering 2005
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
School of Ocean & Earth Science and Technology
Graduate Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Senior Projects 2011-2012

Brent Kemmer II of EOSIndustrial Customer Brent Kemmer of EOS in Rochester, Mich. is an alumnus of LSSU's mechanical engineering program, graduating in 2004. Learn more about EOS at

Team RDP on the deck of the Valley Camp
UP ON DECK - Members of Team RDP take a moment stand with their industrial advisor and a cameraman from Leica on the deck of the Museum Ship Valley Camp in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., during a 3D scanning session in the engine room. Pictured from left: Jim Devaprasad, LSSU faculty advisor; Tim Gallaway of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., ME; Josh Korman of Lupton, Mich., ME; Matt Caccamo of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., ME; industrial customer Brent Kemmer of EOS, '04 LSSU ME alum; and Bruce Vowditch of Leica.


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Team RDP
Riverside Design and Planning


  • Matt Caccamo, ME
  • Tim Gallaway, ME
  • Josh Korman, ME

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. Jim Devaprasad


  • EOS of Rochester, Michigan

Industrial Contact:

  • Bernt Kemmer II

Project Description: 3D Scan Modeling and Simulation

Team RDP will design and create a process that simulates a marine asset so that maintenance, rebuild, and overhaul (MRO) projects for the asset can be planned and implemented efficiently. The process will involve 3D scanning, CAD modeling, simulation, and 3D PDF creation. The outcome of this project will be used as a model by EOS to demonstrate the MRO processes to their military, bulk cargo transport, and shipyard clients.

Making 3D scan of Valley Camp SCANNING HISTORY IN 3-D -- Engineers with a Lake Superior State University project scan the engine room of the 95-year-old retired Great Lakes ore carrier Valley Camp on Oct. 6. The effort will produce a high fidelity, three-dimensional digital rendering of the historic freighter, now a museum ship in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. LSSU senior engineering students are creating the model for an industrial client who wants to prototype a way of "virtualizing" the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of oversized industrial machinery. Technicians used a state-of-the-art scanner from Leica, shown here on a yellow tripod, to take in 360-degree views of the ship's mechanical areas, from stem to stern.

Links to the 2011-12 Senior Project Teams:


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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